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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532099/interaction-of-insulin-with-colloidal-zns-quantum-dots-functionalized-by-various-surface-capping-agents
#1
Ghader Hosseinzadeh, Ali Maghari, Seyed Morteza Famil Farniya, Amir Homayoun Keihan, Ali A Moosavi-Movahedi
Interaction of quantum dots (QDs) and proteins strongly influenced by the surface characteristics of the QDs at the protein-QD interface. For a precise control of these surface-related interactions, it is necessary to improve our understanding in this field. In this regard, in the present work, the interaction between the insulin and differently functionalized ZnS quantum dots (QDs) were studied. The ZnS QDs were functionalized with various functional groups of hydroxyl (OH), carboxyl (COOH), amine (NH2), and amino acid (COOH and NH2)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532032/agar-gelatin-bilayer-gel-matrix-fabricated-by-simple-thermo-responsive-sol-gel-transition-method
#2
Yifeng Wang, Meng Dong, Mengmeng Guo, Xia Wang, Jing Zhou, Jian Lei, Chuanhang Guo, Chaoran Qin
We present a simple and environmentally-friendly method to generate an agar/gelatin bilayer gel matrix for further biomedical applications. In this method, the thermally responsive sol-gel transitions of agar and gelatin combined with the different transition temperatures are exquisitely employed to fabricate the agar/gelatin bilayer gel matrix and achieve separate loading for various materials (e.g., drugs, fluorescent materials, and nanoparticles). Importantly, the resulting bilayer gel matrix provides two different biopolymer environments (a polysaccharide environment vs a protein environment) with a well-defined border, which allows the loaded materials in different layers to retain their original properties (e...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531811/synthesis-of-novel-indole-derivatives-as-promising-dna-binding-agents-and-evaluation-of-antitumor-and-antitopoisomerase-i-activities
#3
Elizabeth Almeida Lafayette, Sinara Mônica Vitalino de Almeida, Renata Virginia Cavalcanti Santos, Jamerson Ferreira de Oliveira, Cezar Augusto da Cruz Amorim, Rosali Maria Ferreira da Silva, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta, Ivan da Rocha Pitta, Ricardo Olimpio de Moura, Luiz Bezerra de Carvalho Júnior, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo, Maria do Carmo Alves de Lima
Molecules bearing indole nucleus present diverse biological properties such as antitumor and anti-inflammatory activities that can be associated both to DNA and protein interactions. This study focused on the synthesis of new indole derivatives with thiazolidines and imidazolidine rings condensed as side chains as well as the evaluation of their ability to interact with the DNA and antitumor and topoisomerase inhibition activities. All derivatives were successfully synthesized and their structures were elucidated by mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR), spectroscopy (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, COSY (1)H-(1)H and HSQC (1)H-(13)C...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530831/blue-shifted-green-fluorescent-protein-homologs-are-brighter-than-enhanced-green-fluorescent-protein-under-two-photon-excitation
#4
Rosana S Molina, Tam M Tran, Robert E Campbell, Gerard Glenn Lambert, Anya Salih, Nathan C Shaner, Thomas E Hughes, Mikhail Drobizhev
Fluorescent proteins (FPs) are indispensable markers for two-photon imaging of live tissue, especially in the brains of small model organisms. The quantity of physiologically relevant data collected, however, is limited by heat-induced damage of the tissue due to the high intensities of the excitation laser. We seek to minimize this damage by developing FPs with improved brightness. Among FPs with the same chromophore structure, the spectral properties can vary widely due to differences in the local protein environment...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529950/tumor-selective-cytotoxicity-of-nitidine-results-from-its-rapid-accumulation-into-mitochondria
#5
Hironori Iwasaki, Masashi Inafuku, Naoyuki Taira, Seikoh Saito, Hirosuke Oku
We identified a nitidine- (NTD-) accumulating organelle and evaluated the net cytotoxicity of accumulated NTD. To evaluate tumor cell selectivity of the drug, we evaluated its selective cytotoxicity against 39 human cancer cell lines (JFCR39 panel), and the profile was compared with those of known anticancer drugs. Organelle specificity of NTD was visualized using organelle-targeted fluorescent proteins. Real-time analysis of cell growth, proliferation, and cytotoxicity was performed using the xCELLigence system...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529740/copy-number-variation-and-protein-expression-of-dot1l-in-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-as-a-potential-drug-target
#6
Heike Loeser, Dirk Waldschmidt, Fabian Kuetting, Carina Heydt, Thomas Zander, Patrick Plum, Hakan Alakus, Reinhard Buettner, Alexander Quaas
Adenocarcinoma of the pancreas has a poor prognosis. At present, no relevant personalized targets have been identified. Sequencing studies have implicated gene alterations of disruptor of telomeric silencing 1 like histone lysine methyltransferase (DOT1L) in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. DOT1L is part of the histone modification system and catalyzes methylation of H3K79, which is crucial in cell signaling and DNA damage repair. DOT1L is considered to be a target of therapy in mixed lineage leukemia gene-deficient leukemia cases and a potential target in breast carcinoma...
May 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529584/anti-microrna-21-221-and-microrna-199a-transfected-by-ultrasound-microbubbles-induces-the-apoptosis-of-human-hepatoma-hepg2-cells
#7
Xinmin Guo, Shunhua Guo, Liwen Pan, Li Ruan, Yingshi Gu, Jichuang Lai
Gene therapy, particularly microRNA (miRNA), is a promising candidate in the treatment of cancer; however, it is challenging to develop gene delivery systems. Ultrasound microbubbles have been used for gene delivery with excellent results. The present study aimed to investigate the transfection efficiency of HepG2 cells using ultrasound microbubbles. The effects of three miRNAs (miR-21, miR-221 and miR-199a) on HepG2 cells were also determined by performing ultrasound microbubble-mediated gene transfection...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529568/a-different-representation-of-natural-t-cells-and-natural-killer-cells-between-tumor-infiltrating-and-periphery-lymphocytes-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#8
Xiao-Feng Li, Dong Dai, Xiu-Yu Song, Jian-Jing Liu, Lei Zhu, Xiang Zhu, Wenchao Ma, Wengui Xu
Natural T cells [cluster of differentiation (CD) 3(+)CD56(+)] and natural killer (NK) cells (CD3(-)CD56(+)) are particularly abundant in the human liver and serve an important role in immune responses in the liver. The aim of the present study was to extensively determine the phenotypic and functional characteristics of natural T and NK cells in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Tumorous and non-tumorous tissue infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs and NILs, respectively) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were obtained to determine the frequency and phenotype of natural T/NK cells by a multicolor fluorescence activated cell sorting analysis...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529530/chai-qin-cheng-qi-decoction-and-carbachol-improve-intestinal-motility-by-regulating-protein-kinase-c-mediated-ca-2-release-in-colonic-smooth-muscle-cells-in-rats-with-acute-necrotising-pancreatitis
#9
Chen-Long Zhang, Zi-Qi Lin, Rui-Jie Luo, Xiao-Xin Zhang, Jia Guo, Wei Wu, Na Shi, Li-Hui Deng, Wei-Wei Chen, Xiao-Ying Zhang, Shameena Bharucha, Wei Huang, Robert Sutton, John A Windsor, Ping Xue, Qing Xia
Chai-Qin-Cheng-Qi decoction (CQCQD) improves intestinal motility in acute pancreatitis (AP), but the mechanism(s) require elucidation. We investigated the effects of CQCQD and carbachol, a prokinetic agent, on colonic smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in L-arginine-induced necrotising AP model in rats. In treatment groups, intragastric CQCQD (20 g/kg, 2 hourly × 3 doses) or intraperitoneal carbachol (60 μg/kg) was given 24 hours after induction of AP. Both CQCQD and carbachol decreased the severity of pancreatic and colonic histopathology (all P < 0...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529063/methodologies-for-studying-the-spliceosome-s-rna-dynamics-with-single-molecule-fret
#10
REVIEW
Clarisse van der Feltz, Aaron A Hoskins
The spliceosome is an extraordinarily dynamic molecular machine in which significant changes in composition as well as protein and RNA conformation are required for carrying out pre-mRNA splicing. Single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET) can be used to elucidate these dynamics both in well-characterized model systems and in entire spliceosomes. These types of single-molecule data provide novel information about spliceosome components and can be used to identify sub-populations of molecules with unique behaviors...
May 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528948/multi-functional-activities-of-citrus-flavonoid-narirutin-in-alzheimer-s-disease-therapeutics-an-integrated-screening-approach-and-in-vitro-validation
#11
Sandipan Chakraborty, Soumalee Basu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex disorder and the disease mechanism is yet to be properly characterized. Over the years, "amyloid cascade" emerges as principal pathogenic event in AD. β-Secretase 1 (BACE1) controls the rate-limiting step in amyloid beta (Aβ) generation and Aβ rapidly aggregates to form neurotoxic amyloid fibrils. Oxidative stress is one of the principal mediators of the observed neurotoxicity of amyloid fibril. The disease pathogenesis involves induction of multiple signaling cascades and the cross-talk therein...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528777/fcab-her2-interaction-a-m%C3%A3-nage-%C3%A3-trois-lessons-from-x-ray-and-solution-studies
#12
Elisabeth Lobner, Anne-Sophie Humm, Kathrin Göritzer, Georg Mlynek, Martin G Puchinger, Christoph Hasenhindl, Florian Rüker, Michael W Traxlmayr, Kristina Djinović-Carugo, Christian Obinger
The crystallizable fragment (Fc) of the immunoglobulin class G (IgG) is an attractive scaffold for the design of novel therapeutics. Upon engineering the C-terminal loops in the CH3 domains, Fcabs (Fc domain with antigen-binding sites) can be designed. We present the first crystal structures of Fcabs, i.e., of the HER2-binding clone H10-03-6 having the AB and EF loop engineered and the stabilized version STAB19 derived by directed evolution. Comparison with the crystal structure of the Fc wild-type protein reveals conservation of the overall domain structures but significant differences in EF-loop conformations...
May 18, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528643/a-new-method-for-cryo-sectioning-cell-monolayers-using-a-correlative-workflow
#13
Androniki Kolovou, Martin Schorb, Abul Tarafder, Carsten Sachse, Yannick Schwab, Rachel Santarella-Mellwig
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) techniques have made a huge advancement recently, providing close to atomic resolution of the structure of protein complexes. Interestingly, this imaging technique can be performed in cells, giving access to the molecular machines in their natural context, therefore bridging structural and cell biology. However, in situ structural electron microscopy faces one major challenge, which is the ability to focus on specific subcellular regions to capture the objects of interest...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528641/preserving-the-photoswitching-ability-of-standard-fluorescent-proteins-for-correlative-in-resin-super-resolution-and-electron-microscopy
#14
Errin Johnson, Rainer Kaufmann
There are many different correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) techniques available. The use of super-resolution microscopy in CLEM is an emerging application and while offering the obvious advantages of improved resolution in the fluorescence image, and therefore more precise correlation to electron microscopy (EM) ultrastructure, it also presents new challenges. Choice of fluorophore, method of fixation, and timing of the fluorescence imaging are critical to the success of super-resolution CLEM and the relative importance, and technical difficulty, of each of these factors depends on the type of super-resolution microscopy being employed...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528638/triclem-combining-high-precision-room-temperature-clem-with%C3%A2-cryo-fluorescence-microscopy-to-identify-very-rare-events
#15
Nicholas R Ader, Wanda Kukulski
Fiducial-based correlation of fluorescence and electron microscopy data from high-pressure frozen and resin-embedded samples allows for high-precision localization of fluorescent signals to subcellular ultrastructure. Here we introduce the triCLEM procedure to facilitate the identification of very rare events for high-precision correlation. We present a detailed protocol to screen high-pressure frozen cell monolayers on sapphire disks for very rare signals by cryo-fluorescence microscopy, relocate the cells of interest after freeze substitution and Lowicryl embedding, and perform fiducial-based correlation of the identified fluorescent signals to high-magnification electron tomograms...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528631/a-fully-integrated-three-dimensional-fluorescence-to-electron-microscopy-correlative-workflow
#16
Claudia S López, Cedric Bouchet-Marquis, Christopher P Arthur, Jessica L Riesterer, Gregor Heiss, Guillaume Thibault, Lee Pullan, Sunjong Kwon, Joe W Gray
While fluorescence microscopy provides tools for highly specific labeling and sensitive detection, its resolution limit and lack of general contrast has hindered studies of cellular structure and protein localization. Recent advances in correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM), including the fully integrated CLEM workflow instrument, the FEI CorrSight with MAPS, have allowed for a more reliable, reproducible, and quicker approach to correlate three-dimensional time-lapse confocal fluorescence data, with three-dimensional focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy data...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528629/correlative-light-and-electron-microscopic-detection-of-gfp-labeled-proteins-using-modular-apex
#17
Nicholas Ariotti, Thomas E Hall, Robert G Parton
The use of green fluorescent protein (GFP) and related proteins has revolutionized light microscopy. Here we describe a rapid and simple method to localize GFP-tagged proteins in cells and in tissues by electron microscopy (EM) using a modular approach involving a small GFP-binding peptide (GBP) fused to the ascorbate peroxidase-derived APEX2 tag. We provide a method for visualizing GFP-tagged proteins by light and EM in cultured cells and in the zebrafish using modular APEX-GBP. Furthermore, we describe in detail the benefits of this technique over many of the currently available correlative light and electron microscopy approaches and demonstrate APEX-GBP is readily applicable to modern three-dimensional techniques...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528000/biophysical-insight-into-structure-function-relation-of-allium-sativum-protease-inhibitor-by-thermal-chemical-and-ph-induced-modulation-using-comprehensive-spectroscopic-analysis
#18
Tooba Naz Shamsi, Romana Parveen, Huma Naz, Md Anzarul Haque, Sadaf Fatima
In this study, we have analyzed the structural and functional changes in the nature of Allium sativum Protease Inhibitor (ASPI) on undergoing various denaturation with variable range of pH, temperature and urea (at pH 8.2). ASPI being anti-tryptic in nature has native molecular mass of ∼15kDa. The conformational stability, functional parameters and their correlation were estimated under different conditions using circular dichroism, fluorescence and activity measurements. ASPI was found to fall in belongs to α+β protein...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527993/feasible-protein-aggregation-of-phosphorylated-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-derivative-from-bacillus-subtilis-natto
#19
Osamu Kurita, Toru Sago, Kaori Umetani, Yasushi Kokean, Chizuru Yamaoka, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Iwamoto
Poly-γ-glutamic acid (PGA) was modified with phosphorylating agents such as sodium metaphosphate and potassium metaphosphate in the culture medium of Bacillus subtilis (natto). The highly phosphorylated PGA derivatives were prepared and investigated for their chemical and physicochemical properties. The PGA derivatives had approximately 7% (W/W) inorganic phosphorus and characteristic absorbance PO2(-) bands at 1082cm(-1) and 1260cm(-1) by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The derivative modified by sodium metaphosphate (J-5) was easily hydrated in water and had extremely low viscosity...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527956/comparison-of-the-induction-of-c-fos-egfp-and-fos-protein-in-the-rat-spinal-cord-and-hypothalamus-resulting-from-subcutaneous-capsaicin-or-formalin-injection
#20
Yasuhito Motojima, Takanori Matsuura, Mitsuhiro Yoshimura, Hirofumi Hashimoto, Reiko Saito, Hiromichi Ueno, Takashi Maruyama, Satomi Sonoda, Hitoshi Suzuki, Makoto Kawasaki, Hideo Ohnishi, Akinori Sakai, Yoichi Ueta
We evaluated whether a c-fos-enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) transgenic rat line, which expresses the c-fos and eGFP fusion gene, can be useful for the study of nociceptive pathways and processing. Capsaicin solution (15%) or formalin (5%) was subcutaneously injected bilaterally into the hind paws (100 μL per each paw) of adult male c-fos-eGFP transgenic or wild type rats. Control rats were injected with ethanol or physiological saline respectively. Transgenic and wild type rats were perfused at 1...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience
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