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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334380/light-activated-chemical-probing-of-nucleobase-solvent-accessibility-inside-cells
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Chao Feng, Dalen Chan, Jojo Joseph, Mikko Muuronen, William H Coldren, Nan Dai, Ivan R Corrêa, Filipp Furche, Christopher M Hadad, Robert C Spitale
The discovery of functional RNAs that are critical for normal and disease physiology continues to expand at a breakneck pace. Many RNA functions are controlled by the formation of specific structures, and an understanding of each structural component is necessary to elucidate its function. Measuring solvent accessibility intracellularly with experimental ease is an unmet need in the field. Here, we present a novel method for probing nucleobase solvent accessibility, Light Activated Structural Examination of RNA (LASER)...
January 15, 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333694/chemical-composition-fractionation-of-olefin-plastomers-elastomers-by-solvent-and-thermal-gradient-interaction-chromatography
#2
Anthony Ndiripo, Andreas Albrecht, Benjamin Monrabal, Jingbo Wang, Harald Pasch
Olefin plastomers/elastomers are typically copolymers with high comonomer contents and low crystallinities. Therefore, the fractionation of these materials with crystallization-based methods is not feasible. On the other hand, solvent and temperature gradient interaction chromatography (SGIC and TGIC, respectively) are suitable techniques for the separation of olefin copolymers with regard to their chemical composition. In this study, the application ranges of both techniques are investigated and compared for ethylene-propylene (EP) copolymers...
January 15, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333684/biocatalytic-synthesis-of-nitriles-through-dehydration-of-aldoximes-the-substrate-scope-of-aldoxime-dehydratases
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Tobias Betke, Jun Higuchi, Philipp Rommelmann, Keiko Oike, Taiji Nomura, Yasuo Kato, Yasuhisa Asano, Harald Gröger
Nitriles belong to the product classes, which are mostly needed and produced by the chemical industry, playing a major role in various industry segments ranging from high-volume low-price sectors such as polymers to low-volume high-price sectors such as the chiral pharma drugs. A common industrial technology for nitrile production is ammonoxidation as a gas phase reaction at high temperature. A further popular approach are substitution or addition reactions with hydrogen cyanide or derivatives thereof. A major drawback, however, is the very high toxicity of cyanide...
January 14, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332804/effect-of-preprocessing-high-resolution-mass-spectra-on-the-pattern-recognition-of-cannabis-hemp-and-liquor
#4
Xinyi Wang, Peter de B Harrington, Steven F Baugh
High-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) combined with pattern recognition was used to discriminate among twenty-five Cannabis samples, twenty hemp samples, and eight liquor samples. The effects of preprocessing on multivariate data analysis were evaluated for Orbitrap high-resolution mass spectra. Different root transformations were evaluated with respect to the bin width and the average classification rates. In addition, linear binning and proportional binning with various resolving powers were studied with respect to the average classification rates...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332394/compositional-dependence-of-solubility-retention-of-molybdenum-oxides-in-aluminoborosilicate-based-model-nuclear-waste-glasses
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Antoine Brehault, Deepak Patil, Hrishikesh Kamat, Randall E Youngman, Lynn M Thirion, John C Mauro, Claire Corkhill, John Stuart McCloy, Ashutosh Goel
Molybdenum oxides are an integral component of the high-level waste streams being generated from the nuclear reactors in several countries. Although borosilicate glass has been chosen as the baseline waste form by most of the countries to immobilize these waste streams, molybdate oxyanions (MoO42-) exhibit very low solubility (~ 1 mol.%) in these glass matrices. In the past 3-4 decades, several studies describing the compositional and structural dependence of molybdate anions in borosilicate and aluminoborosilicate glasses have been reported in the literature, providing a basis for our understanding of fundamental science that governs the solubility and retention of these species in the nuclear waste glasses...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332380/solvent-modulation-of-aromatic-substituent-effects-in-molecular-balances-controlled-by-ch-%C3%AF-interactions
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Bright U Emenike, Ronald A Spinelle, Ambar Rosario, David W Shinn, Barney Yoo
CH-π aromatic interactions are ubiquitous in nature and are capable of regulating important chemical and biochemical processes. Solvation and aromatic substituent effects are known to perturb the CH-π aromatic interactions. However, the nature by which the two factors influence one another is relatively unexplored. Here we demonstrate experimentally that there is a quantitative correlation between substituent effects in CH-π interactions and the hydrogen-bond acceptor constant of the solvating molecule. The CH-π interaction energies were measured by the conformational study of a series of aryl-substituted molecular balances in which the conformational preferences depended on the relative strengths of the methyl and aryl CH-π interactions in the folded and unfolded states, respectively...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331915/theory-of-water-treatment-by-capacitive-deionization-with-redox-active-porous-electrodes
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Fan He, P M Biesheuvel, Martin Z Bazant, T Alan Hatton
Capacitive deionization (CDI) for water treatment, which relies on the capture of charged species to sustain the electrical double layers (EDLs) established within porous electrodes under an applied electrical potential, can be enhanced by the chemical attachment of fixed charged groups to the porous electrode electrodes (ECDI). It has recently been demonstrated that further improvements in capacity and energy storage can be gained by functionalization of the electrode surfaces with redox polymers in which the charge on the electrodes can be modulated through Faradaic reactions under different cell voltages in a capacitive process that can be called "Faradaic CDI" (FaCDI)...
January 3, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331910/review-of-synthetic-human-faeces-and-faecal-sludge-for-sanitation-and-wastewater-research
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Roni Penn, Barbara J Ward, Linda Strande, Max Maurer
Investigations involving human faeces and faecal sludge are of great importance for urban sanitation, such as operation and maintenance of sewer systems, or implementation of faecal sludge management. However, working with real faecal matter is difficult as it not only involves working with a pathogenic, malodorous material but also individual faeces and faecal sludge samples are highly variable, making it difficult to execute repeatable experiments. Synthetic faeces and faecal sludge can provide consistently reproducible substrate and alleviate these challenges...
December 30, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331818/the-effect-of-cao-sio2-molar-ratio-of-cao-al2o3-sio2-glasses-on-their-structure-and-reactivity-in-alkali-activated-system
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Sylwia Kucharczyk, Maciej Sitarz, Maciej Zajac, Jan Deja
The influence of CaO/SiO2 molar ratio of calcium aluminosilicate glasses on resulting structure and reactivity was investigated. Chemical compositions of glasses were chosen to mimic the composition of the fly ash and slag amorphous phase. Understanding the reactivity of these materials is of high importance allowing further development of the composite cements to limit the environmental footprint of cement industry. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy were employed to examine the structure of glasses...
January 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330904/testing-a-chemical-series-inspired-by-plant-stress-oxylipin-signaling-agents-for-herbicide-safening-activity
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Melissa Brazier-Hicks, Kathryn M Knight, Jonathan D Sellars, Patrick G Steel, Robert Edwards
BACKGROUND: Herbicide safening in cereals is linked to a rapid xenobiotic response (XR), involving the induction of glutathione transferases (GSTs). The XR is also invoked by oxidized fatty acids (oxylipins) released during plant stress, suggesting a link between these signaling agents and safening. To examine this relationship, a series of compounds modelled on the oxylipins 12-oxophytodienoic acid and phytoprostane 1, varying in lipophilicity and electrophilicity were synthesized. Compounds were then tested for their ability to invoke the XR in Arabidopsis and protect rice seedlings exposed to the herbicide pretilachlor, as compared with the safener fenclorim...
January 13, 2018: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330711/boosting-tendon-repair-interplay-of-cells-growth-factors-and-scaffold-free-and-gel-based-carriers
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REVIEW
Zexing Yan, Heyong Yin, Michael Nerlich, Christian G Pfeifer, Denitsa Docheva
BACKGROUND: Tendons are dense connective tissues and critical components for the integrity and function of the musculoskeletal system. Tendons connect bone to muscle and transmit forces on which locomotion entirely depends. Due to trauma, overuse and age-related degeneration, many people suffer from acute or chronic tendon injuries. Owing to their hypovascularity and hypocellularity, tendinopathies remain a substantial challenge for both clinicians and researchers. Surgical treatment includes suture or transplantation of autograft, allograft or xenograft, and these serve as the most common technique for rescuing tendon injuries...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330591/changes-in-the-lipopolysaccharide-of-proteus-mirabilis-9b-m-o11a-clinical-strain-in-response-to-planktonic-or-biofilm-type-of-growth
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Agnieszka Zabłotni, Dominik Matusiak, Nikolay P Arbatsky, Magdalena Moryl, Anna Maciejewska, Anna N Kondakova, Alexander S Shashkov, Czesław Ługowski, Yuriy A Knirel, Antoni Różalski
The impact of planktonic and biofilm lifestyles of the clinical isolate Proteus mirabilis 9B-m on its lipopolysaccharide (O-polysaccharide, core region, and lipid A) was evaluated. Proteus mirabilis bacteria are able to form biofilm and lipopolysaccharide is one of the factors involved in the biofilm formation. Lipopolysaccharide was isolated from planktonic and biofilm cells of the investigated strain and analyzed by SDS-PAGE with silver staining, Western blotting and ELISA, as well as NMR and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry techniques...
January 12, 2018: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330067/protein-complexes-as-psychiatric-and-neurological-drug-targets
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REVIEW
Akihiko S Kato, Jeffrey M Witkin
The need for improved medications for psychiatric and neurological disorders is clear. Difficulties in finding such drugs demands that all strategic means be utilized for their invention. The discovery of forebrain specific AMPA receptor antagonists, which selectively block the specific combinations of principal and auxiliary subunits present in forebrain regions but spare targets in the cerebellum, was recently disclosed. This discovery raised the possibility that other auxiliary protein systems could be utilized to help identify new medicines...
January 9, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329862/active-compounds-antioxidant-activity-and-%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitory-activity-of-different-varieties-of-chaenomeles-fruits
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Jing Miao, Xia Li, Chengcheng Zhao, Xiaoxiao Gao, Ying Wang, Wenyuan Gao
Chaenomeles is an important source for food industry in China, and its planting area is expanding year by year. This study was conducted to evaluate different varieties of Chaenomeles by comparing the chemical compositions, antioxidant activity and α-glucosidase inhibitory activity of peels and fleshes from twelve varieties of Chaenomeles. In the results, peels of Chaenomeles contain more phenolics, flavonoids and triterpenes, and show better antioxidant activity and α-glucosidase inhibitory activity than their fleshes...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329817/isothermal-chemical-denaturation-as-a-complimentary-tool-to-overcome-limitations-of-thermal-differential-scanning-fluorimetry-in-predicting-physical-stability-of-protein-formulations
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Hristo Svilenov, Uroš Markoja, Gerhard Winter
Various stability indicating techniques find application in the early stage development of novel therapeutic protein candidates. Some of these techniques are used to select formulation conditions that provide high protein physical stability. Such approach is highly dependent on the reliability of the stability indicating technique used. In this work, we present a formulation case study where we evaluate the ability of differential scanning fluorimetry (DSF) and isothermal chemical denaturation (ICD) to predict the physical stability of a model monoclonal antibody during accelerated stability studies...
January 9, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329531/chemical-genomic-guided-engineering-of-gamma-valerolactone-tolerant-yeast
#16
Scott Bottoms, Quinn Dickinson, Mick McGee, Li Hinchman, Alan Higbee, Alex Hebert, Jose Serate, Dan Xie, Yaoping Zhang, Joshua J Coon, Chad L Myers, Robert Landick, Jeff S Piotrowski
BACKGROUND: Gamma valerolactone (GVL) treatment of lignocellulosic bomass is a promising technology for degradation of biomass for biofuel production; however, GVL is toxic to fermentative microbes. Using a combination of chemical genomics with the yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) deletion collection to identify sensitive and resistant mutants, and chemical proteomics to monitor protein abundance in the presence of GVL, we sought to understand the mechanism toxicity and resistance to GVL with the goal of engineering a GVL-tolerant, xylose-fermenting yeast...
January 12, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329446/standardisation-of-the-in-vitro-comet-assay-influence-of-lysis-time-and-lysis-solution-composition-on-the-detection-of-dna-damage-induced-by-x-rays
#17
José M Enciso, Kristine B Gutzkow, Gunnar Brunborg, Ann-Karin Olsen, Adela López de Cerain, Amaya Azqueta
The alkaline comet assay, in vivo and in vitro, is currently used in several areas of research and in regulatory genotoxicity testing. Several efforts have been made in order to decrease the inter-experimental and inter-laboratory variability and increase the reliability of the assay. In this regard, lysis conditions are considered as one of the critical variables and need to be further studied. Here, we tested different times of lysis (from no lysis to 1 week) and two different lysis solutions in human lymphoblast (TK6) cells unexposed or exposed to X-rays...
January 10, 2018: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329077/nano-hydroxyapatite-blasted-titanium-surface-creates-a-biointerface-able-to-govern-src-dependent-osteoblast-metabolism-as-prerequisite-to-ecm-remodeling
#18
Célio J C Fernandes, Fábio Bezerra, Marcel R Ferreira, Amanda F C Andrade, Thais Silva Pinto, Willian F Zambuzzi
Over the last several years, we have focused on the importance of intracellular signaling pathways in dynamically governing the biointerface between pre-osteoblast and surface of biomaterial. Thus, this study investigates the molecular hallmarks involved in the pre-osteoblast relationship with different topography considering Machined (Mc), Dual Acid-Etching (DAE), and nano hydroxyapatite-blasted (nHA) groups. There was substantial differences in topography of titanium surface, considering Atomic Force Microscopy and water contact angle (Mc = 81...
December 28, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328973/feeding-inhibition-in-corbicula-fluminea-o-f-muller-1774-as-an-effect-criterion-to-pollutant-exposure-perspectives-for-ecotoxicity-screening-and-refinement-of-chemical-control
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Bruno Branco Castro, Carlos Silva, Inês Patrunilho Efe Macário, Bruno Oliveira, Fernando Gonçalves, Joana Luísa Pereira
Bivalves are commonly used in biomonitoring programs to track pollutants. Several features, including its filter-feeding abilities, cumulatively argue in favour of the use of the Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) as a biosentinel and an ecotoxicological model. Filtration in bivalves is very sensitive to external stimuli and its control is dictated by regulation of the opening/closure of the valves, which may be used as an avoidance defence against contaminants. Here, we investigate the filter-feeding behaviour of the Asian clam as an endpoint for assessing exposure to pollutants, driven by two complementary goals: (i) to generate relevant and sensitive toxicological information based on the ability of C...
January 4, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328718/charge-catastrophe-and-dielectric-breakdown-during-exposure-of-organic-thin-films-to-low-energy-electron-radiation
#20
A Thete, D Geelen, S J van der Molen, R M Tromp
The effects of exposure to ionizing radiation are central in many areas of science and technology, including medicine and biology. Absorption of UV and soft-x-ray photons releases photoelectrons, followed by a cascade of lower energy secondary electrons with energies down to 0 eV. While these low energy electrons give rise to most chemical and physical changes, their interactions with soft materials are not well studied or understood. Here, we use a low energy electron microscope to expose thin organic resist films to electrons in the range 0-50 eV, and to analyze the energy distribution of electrons returned to the vacuum...
December 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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