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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148728/neutral-luminescent-metal-organic-frameworks-structural-diversification-photophysical-properties-and-sensing-applications
#1
Gouri Chakraborty, Sanjay K Mandal
Utilizing flexible bis(tridentate)polypyridyl ligands, the two new luminescent 2D metal organic frameworks {Zn2(tpbn)(2,6-NDC)2}n (1) and {[Zn2(tphn)(2,6-NDC)2]·4H2O}n (2), where tpbn = N,N',N″,N‴-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,4-diaminobutane, tphn = N,N',N″,N‴-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,6-diaminohexane, and 2,6-H2NDC = 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid, have been isolated in good yields under solvothermal conditions. Their solid-state molecular structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffractometry...
November 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147462/oxygen-sensing-nox4-generates-genotoxic-ros-to-induce-premature-senescence-of-nucleus-pulposus-cells-through-mapk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways
#2
Chencheng Feng, Yang Zhang, Minghui Yang, Minghong Lan, Huan Liu, Bo Huang, Yue Zhou
Senescence is a crucial driver of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). Disc cells are exposed to high oxygen tension due to neovascularization in degenerative discs. However, the effect of oxygen tension on disc cell senescence was unknown. Herein, rat nucleus pulposus (NP) cells were cultured under 20% O2 or 1% O2. Consequently, ROS induced by 20% O2 caused DNA damage and then activated p53-p21-Rb and p16-Rb pathways via ERK signaling to induce NP cell senescence. It also induced catabolic and proinflammatory phenotype of NP cells via MAPK and NF-κB pathways...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147009/mitochondrial-uqcrb-as-a-new-molecular-prognostic-biomarker-of-human-colorectal-cancer
#3
Hyun-Chul Kim, Junghwa Chang, Hannah S Lee, Ho Jeong Kwon
Ubiquinol cytochrome c reductase binding protein (UQCRB) is important for mitochondrial complex III stability, electron transport, cellular oxygen sensing and angiogenesis. However, its potential as a prognostic marker in colorectal cancer (CRC) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to determine whether UQCRB can be used as a diagnostic molecular marker for CRC. The correlation between the expression of three genes (UQCRB, UQCRFS1 and MT-CYB) in the mitochondrial respiratory chain complex III and clinico-pathological features was determined...
November 17, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146864/acute-hypoxia-reoxygenation-and-vascular-oxygen-sensing-in-the-chicken-embryo
#4
Riazuddin Mohammed, Carlos E Salinas, Dino A Giussani, Carlos E Blanco, Angel L Cogolludo, Eduardo Villamor
Fetal/perinatal hypoxia is one of the most common causes of perinatal morbidity and mortality and is frequently accompannied by vascular dysfunction. However, the mechanisms involved have not been fully delineated. We hypothesized that exposure to acute hypoxia-reoxygenation induces alterations in vascular O2 sensing/signaling as well as in endothelial function in the chicken embryo pulmonary artery (PA), mesenteric artery (MA), femoral artery (FA), and ductus arteriosus (DA). Noninternally pipped 19-day embryos were exposed to 10% O2 for 30 min followed by reoxygenation with 21% O2 or 80% O2 Another group was constantly maintained at 21% O2 or at 21% O2 for 30 min and then exposed to 80% O2 Following treatment, responses of isolated blood vessels to hypoxia as well as endothelium-dependent (acetylcholine) and -independent (sodium nitroprusside and forskolin) relaxation were investigated in a wire myograph...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144124/ionic-liquid-microstrips-impregnated-with-magnetic-nano-stirrers-for-sensitive-gas-sensors
#5
Richard Gondosiswanto, David Brynn Hibbert, Yu Fang, Chuan Zhao
Ionic liquids have been regarded as promising electrolytes as substitutes for volatile aqueous or organic solvents for electrochemical gas sensors. However ionic liquids are viscous and the slow diffusion of gas molecules leads to poor sensitivity and sluggish response times. Herein, we describe a strategy using an array of microstrips of ionic liquid containing magnetic nanoparticles as nano-stirrers for enhanced mass transport and gas sensing. Magnetic CoFe2O4 nanoparticles are synthesized and dispersed in a hydrophobic ionic liquid [BMP][Ntf2]...
November 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143357/influence-of-phosphatidylserine-and-phosphatidylethanolamine-on-farnesol-tolerance-in-candida-albicans
#6
Sahar Hasim, Elyse N Vaughn, Dallas Donohoe, Donna M Gordon, Susan Pfiffner, Todd B Reynolds
Candida albicans is the most common human fungal pathogen. The ability to undergo the morphological transition from yeast to hyphal growth is critical for its pathogenesis. Farnesol, a precursor in the isoprenoid/sterol pathway, is a quorum-sensing molecule produced by C. albicans that inhibits hyphal growth in this polymorphic fungus. Interestingly, C. albicans can tolerate farnesol concentrations that are toxic to other fungi. We hypothesized that changes in phospholipid composition are one of the factors contributing to farnesol tolerance in C...
November 16, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136856/nitrogen-dots-as-reductant-and-stabilizer-for-the-synthesis-of-agnps-n-dots-nanocomposites-for-efficient-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-detection
#7
Zhenhua Lin, Jiani Yang, Zhijiao Tang, Gongke Li, Yuling Hu
A simple method was developed for the preparation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) by using amino-functionalized nitrogen dots (N-dots) as reductant and stabilizer under mild conditions. N-dots were hydrothermal synthesized using 2-azidoimidazole as the precursor in aqueous ammonia. The as prepared N-dots were rich in nitrogen and oxygen-containing functional groups and exhibit strong reducing capacity. Therefore, AgNPs were rapidly synthesized under mild conditions based on N-dots serving as the reducing agent, the reaction time and temperature were 5min and 40°C, respectively...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134994/gas-adsorption-efficacy-of-graphene-sheets-functionalised-with-carboxyl-hydroxyl-and-epoxy-groups-in-conjunction-with-stone-thrower-wales-stw-and-inverse-stone-thrower-wales-istw-defects
#8
Murugan Lalitha, Senthilkumar Lakshmipathi
The complete reduction of graphene oxide is difficult to achieve, and hence oxygen-containing functional groups do exist in graphene, along with structural defects. On the other hand, efficient gas sensor materials have been a subject of relentless interest. This instigates the need to explore the gas adsorption on STW and ISTW defective graphene sheets functionalised by -COOH, -OH and C-O-C groups, using density functional theory calculations. Both defects are experimentally feasible as evident through their formation energies...
November 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134709/light-sensing-by-opsins-and-fungal-ecology-nop-1-modulates-entry-into-sexual-reproduction-in-response-to-environmental-cues
#9
Zheng Wang, Junrui Wang, Ning Li, Jigang Li, Frances Trail, Jay C Dunlap, Jeffrey P Townsend
Understanding the genetic basis of the switch from asexual to sexual lifestyles in response to sometimes rapid environmental changes is one of the major challenges in fungal ecology. Light appears to play a critical role in the switch-but fungal genomes harbor diverse light sensors. Fungal opsins are homologous to bacterial green-light sensory rhodopsins, and their organismal functions in fungi have not been well understood. Three of these opsin-like proteins were widely distributed across fungal genomes, but homologs of the Fusarium opsin-like protein CarO were present only in plant-associated fungi...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133150/structure-and-function-of-per-arnt-sim-domains-and-their-possible-role-in-the-life-cycle-biology-of-trypanosoma-cruzi
#10
REVIEW
Maura Rojas-Pirela, Daniel J Rigden, Paul A Michels, Ana J Cáceres, Juan Luis Concepción, Wilfredo Quiñones
Per-ARNT-Sim (PAS) domains of proteins play important roles as modules for signalling and cellular regulation processes in widely diverse organisms such as Archaea, Bacteria, protists, plants, yeasts, insects and vertebrates. These domains are present in many proteins where they are used as sensors of stimuli and modules for protein interactions. Characteristically, they can bind a broad spectrum of molecules. Such binding causes the domain to trigger a specific cellular response or to make the protein containing the domain susceptible to responding to additional physical or chemical signals...
November 10, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129785/advances-in-hypoxia-inducible-factor-biology
#11
REVIEW
Hani Choudhry, Adrian L Harris
Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF), a central regulator for detecting and adapting to cellular oxygen levels, transcriptionally activates genes modulating oxygen homeostasis and metabolic activation. Beyond this, HIF influences many other processes. Hypoxia, in part through HIF-dependent mechanisms, influences epigenetic factors, including DNA methylation and histone acetylation, which modulate hypoxia-responsive gene expression in cells. Hypoxia profoundly affects expression of many noncoding RNAs classes that have clinicopathological implications in cancer...
November 8, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127121/pkc-epsilon-is-a-key-regulator-of-mitochondrial-redox-homeostasis-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#12
Daniela Di Marcantonio, Esteban Martinez, Simone Sidoli, Jessica Vadaketh, Margaret Nieborowska-Skorska, Anushk Gupta, Jacob Michael Meadows, Francesca Ferraro, Elena Masselli, Grant A Challen, Michael D Milsom, Claudia Scholl, Stefan Froehling, Siddharth Balachandran, Tomasz Skorski, Benjamin Garcia, Prisco Mirandola, Giuliana Gobbi, Ramiro Garzon, Marco Vitale, Stephen M Sykes
PURPOSE: The intracellular redox environment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells is often highly oxidized compared to healthy hematopoietic progenitors and this is purported to contribute to disease pathogenesis. However, the redox regulators that allow AML cell survival in this oxidized environment remain largely unknown. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND RESULTS: We show that RNA interference-mediated inhibition of the serine/threonine kinase PKC-epsilon (PKCe) reduces cell survival in a diverse panel of patient-derived AML samples and significantly delays disease onset in a genetically engineered mouse model (GEMM) of AML driven by MLL-AF9...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124841/regulation-of-cysteine-residues-in-lsrb-proteins-from-sinorhizobium-meliloti-under-free-living-and-symbiotic-oxidative-stress
#13
Guirong Tang, Shenghui Xing, Sunjun Wang, Liangliang Yu, Xuan Li, Christian Staehelin, Menghua Yang, Li Luo
The development of legume nitrogen-fixing nodules is regulated by reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by symbionts. Several regulators from Rhizobium are involved in ROS sensing. In a previous study, we found that Sinorhizobium meliloti LsrB regulates lipopolysaccharide production and is associated with H2 O2 accumulation in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) nodules. However, its underlying regulatory mechanism remains unclear. Here, we report that the cysteine residues in LsrB are required for adaptation to oxidative stress, gene expression, alfalfa nodulation and nitrogen fixation...
November 10, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122554/physiological-roles-of-ask-family-members-in-innate-immunity-and-their-involvement-in-pathogenesis-of-immune-diseases
#14
REVIEW
Atsushi Matsuzawa
Cells are always exposed to various types of stress, including physical, chemical, and biological stresses, and are required to sense immediately and respond appropriately to these stresses. The apoptosis signal-regulating kinase (ASK) family members are stress-responsive kinases, which are activated by not only physicochemical stresses, such as oxidative stress, osmotic pressure, calcium overload, and anti-cancer drugs, but also biological stresses, such as inflammatory cytokines and pathogen infection. Recently, we found that ASK1, a member of ASK family, is activated by bacterial components, such as lipopolysaccharide, in a reactive oxygen species (ROS)-dependent manner, demonstrating that ASK1 is required for the innate immune response and plays a critical role in the regulation of innate immune signaling...
October 19, 2017: Advances in Biological Regulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121425/phosphorescence-tuning-via-heavy-atom-placement-in-unsymmetrical-difluoroboron-b-diketonate-materials
#15
Tiandong Liu, Guoqing Zhang, Ruffin Evans, Carl Trindle, Zikri Altun, Christopher DeRosa, Fang Wang, Meng Zhuang, Cassandra L Fraser
Difluoroboron ß-diketonates show both fluorescence and room-temperature phosphorescence when confined to a rigid matrix such as poly(lactic acid). These materials have been utilized as optical oxygen sensors (e.g. tumors, wounds and cells). A series of naphthyl-phenyl dyes (BF₂nbm) (1-6) were prepared to test heavy-atom placement effects. The BF₂nbm dye (1) was substituted with bromides on naphthyl (2), phenyl (3), or both rings (4) to tailor the fluorescence-to-phosphorescence ratio and phosphorescence lifetime-important features for designing oxygen-sensing dyes via the heavy atom effect...
November 9, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116742/controllable-evolution-of-dual-defects-zni-and-vo-associates-rich-zno-nanodishes-with-0001-exposed-facet-and-its-multiple-sensitization-effect-for-ethanol-detection
#16
Zhenggang Xue, Zhixuan Cheng, Jin Xu, Qun Xiang, Xiaohong Wang, Jiaqiang Xu
Building an effective way for finding the role of surface defects in gas sensing property remains a big challenge. In the present work, we synthesized the ZnO nanodishes (NDs) and first explored the forming process of rich electron donor surface defects by means of studying mechanism for the ZnO NDs synthesis. The test results revealed that, ZnO-6, added by 6 mmol Zn powder, had the best gas sensing properties with the excellent selectivity to ethanol than the others. Specially, the ZnO-6 sensor exhibited the best response (about 49) to 100 ppm ethanol at 230 °C among four as-synthesized samples, while non-customized ZnO was only 28...
November 8, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116161/room-temperature-nh3-sensing-of-graphene-oxide-film-and-its-enhanced-response-on-the-laser-textured-silicon
#17
Suwan Zhu, Haibin Sun, Xiaolong Liu, Jun Zhuang, Li Zhao
Electricity-based response to NH3 of graphene oxide (GO) is demonstrated at ppm level at room temperature. The GO film prepared on planar silicon substrate shows weak response when exposed to 50 ppm NH3, response time less than 30 s and recovery time about 100 s. More interestingly, the GO film coated on laser-textured silicon substrate shows significant enhancement for sensor response, and meanwhile response/recovery time is mainly preserved. Furthermore, a good response of textured GO film is detected in a dynamic range of 5-100 ppm NH3...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113919/lighting-up-my-life-a-lov-based-fluorescent-reporter-for-campylobacter-jejuni
#18
Bassam A Elgamoudi, Julian M Ketley
In this study, a LOV-based fluorescent reporter (light, oxygen, or voltage-sensing domains of phototropin), termed iLOV, was adapted for Campylobacter jejuni and used to investigate promoter activity via monitoring fluorescence intensity and to study the localisation of two chemotaxis proteins. The pC46 complementation vector contains coding sequence from cj0046, a C. jejuni NCTC11168 pseudo-gene and is used to integrate cloned genes onto the C. jejuni chromosome. The pC46 vector was used to construct plasmids containing iLOV, driven by three different C...
November 4, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112795/bio-analytical-applications-of-microbial-fuel-cell-based-biosensors-for-onsite-water-quality-monitoring
#19
REVIEW
Ahmed ElMekawy, Hanaa M Hegab, Deepak Pant, Christopher P Saint
Globally, sustainable provision of high quality safe water is a major challenge of the 21(st) century. Various chemical and biological monitoring analytics are presently utilized to guarantee the availability of high quality water. However, these techniques still face some challenges including high costs, complex design and onsite and online limitations. The recent technology of utilising microbial fuel cell (MFC)-based biosensors holds outstanding potential for the rapid and real-time monitoring of water source quality...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110409/coronary-microvascular-kv1-channels-as-regulatory-sensors-of-intracellular-pyridine-nucleotide-redox-potential
#20
Marc M Dwenger, Vahagn Ohanyan, Manuel F Navedo, Matthew A Nystoriak
Smooth muscle voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channels are important regulators of microvascular tone and tissue perfusion. Recent studies indicate that Kv1 channels represent a key component of the physiological coupling between coronary blood flow and myocardial oxygen demand. While the mechanisms by which metabolic changes in the heart are transduced to alter coronary Kv1 channel gating and promote vasodilation are unclear, a growing body of evidence underscores a pivotal role of Kv1 channels in sensing the cellular redox status...
November 7, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
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