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Nicholas P van der Munnik, Md Symon Jahan Sajib, Melissa A Moss, Tao Wei, Mark J Uline
Amyloid-β (Aβ) protein aggregates through a complex pathway to progress from monomers to soluble oligomers and ultimately insoluble fibrils. Due to the dynamic nature of aggregation, it has proven exceedingly difficult to determine the precise interactions that lead to the formation of transient oligomers. Here, a statistical thermodynamic model has been developed to elucidate these interactions. Aβ1-42 was simulated using fully-atomistic replica exchange molecular dynamics. We use an ensemble of approximately 5×105 configurations taken from simulation as input in a self-consistent field theory that explicitly accounts for the size, shape and charge distribution of both the amino acids comprising Aβ and all molecular species present in solution...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Mansoureh Haghighi, Hossein Khanahmad, Abbasali Palizban
The B-lymphocyte antigen (CD20) is a suitable target for single-stranded (ss) nucleic acid oligomer (aptamers). The aim of study was selection and characterization of a ssDNA aptamer against CD20 using Cell-Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment (Cell-SELEX). The cDNA clone of CD20 (pcDNA-CD20) was transfected to human embryonic kidney (HEK293T) cells. Ten rounds of Cell-SELEX was performed on recombinant HEK-CD20 cells. The final eluted ssDNA pool was amplified and ligated in T/A vector for cloning...
March 21, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Marie-Christine Bacchus-Montabonel
The formation of the building blocks of life and how they could survive under harsh astrophysical environments remains an open question of prebiotic chemistry. Effectively, ion bombardments or intense UV radiation may drive the destruction of prebiotic compounds. The possible role of sulfur in such processes is addressed here for the first time, by comparing directly proton-induced charge transfer for sulfur containing molecules and that for related COMs. The proton collision on mercaptoacetonitrile HSCH2C[triple bond, length as m-dash]N conformers has thus been investigated theoretically in a wide impact energy range modelling various astrophysical environments and compared to related COMs, namely HCN oligomers, in order to exhibit qualitative tendencies...
March 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Yoichi Ohshima, Katsutoshi Taguchi, Ikuko Mizuta, Masaki Tanaka, Takami Tomiyama, Fuyuki Kametani, Chihiro Yabe-Nishimura, Toshiki Mizuno, Takahiko Tokuda
Soluble oligomers of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides (AβOs) contribute to neurotoxicity in Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, it currently remains unknown whether an increase in AβOs is the common phenotype in cellular and animal models. Furthermore, it has not yet been established whether experimental studies conducted using models overexpressing mutant genes of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) are suitable for investigating the underlying molecular mechanism of AD. We herein employed the Flp-In™ T-REx™-293 (T-REx 293) cellular system transfected with a single copy of wild-type, Swedish-, Dutch-, or London-type APP , and quantified the levels of Aβ monomers (Aβ1-40 and Aβ1-42) and AβOs using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
January 2018: Heliyon
Balaji Krishnan, Rakez Kayed, Giulio Taglialatela
Introduction: Phospholipase D (PLD), a lipolytic enzyme that breaks down membrane phospholipids, is also involved in signaling mechanisms downstream of seven transmembrane receptors. Abnormally elevated levels of PLD activity are well-established in Alzheimer's disease (AD), implicating the two isoforms of mammalian phosphatidylcholine cleaving PLD (PC-PLD1 and PC-PLD2). Therefore, we took a systematic approach of investigating isoform-specific expression in human synaptosomes and further investigated the possibility of therapeutic intervention using preclinical studies...
2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
Danielle E Mor, Harry Ischiropoulos
In Parkinson's disease (PD), the loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) leads to severe motor impairment, and pathological inclusions known as Lewy bodies contain aggregated α-synuclein protein. The relationship of α-synuclein aggregation and dopaminergic degeneration is unclear. This commentary highlights a recent study showing that the interaction of α-synuclein with dopamine may be an important mechanism underlying disease. Elevating dopamine levels in mice expressing human α-synuclein with the A53T familial PD mutation recapitulated key features of PD, including progressive neurodegeneration of the SN and decreased ambulation...
2018: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
Paul Joyce, Clive A Prestidge
A novel hybrid microparticulate system composed of poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) nanoparticles and submicron medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) droplets was fabricated to overcome the pH-dependent solubility and precipitation challenges associated with a model poorly water-soluble weak base, cinnarizine (CIN). Molecular CIN was confined within both the lipid and polymer phase of PLGA-lipid hybrid (PLH) and PLGA-lipid-mannitol hybrid (PLMH) particles, which offered significant biopharmaceutical advantages in comparison to the unformulated drug, submicron MCT droplets and PLGA nanoparticles...
March 17, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Guangye Zhang, Jingbo Zhao, Philip C Y Chow, Kui Jiang, Jianquan Zhang, Zonglong Zhu, Jie Zhang, Fei Huang, He Yan
The bulk-heterojunction blend of an electron donor and an electron acceptor material is the key component in a solution-processed organic photovoltaic device. In the past decades, a p-type conjugated polymer and an n-type fullerene derivative have been the most commonly used electron donor and electron acceptor, respectively. While most advances of the device performance come from the design of new polymer donors, fullerene derivatives have almost been exclusively used as electron acceptors in organic photovoltaics...
March 20, 2018: Chemical Reviews
Tong Lu, Feihong Meng, Ying Wei, Yang Li, Chunyu Wang, Fei Li
The formation of prefibrillar intermediates is a key stage not only for the fibrillation of amyloid peptides but also for their cytotoxicity. The heterogeneous and transient nature of most prefibrillar intermediates make them difficult to be separated, identified, and characterized. Rat islet amyloid polypeptide (rIAPP) has a weak propensity of fibrillation under most solution conditions and is found to be cytotoxic, which enables us to characterize prefibrillar species formed at various oligomeric states and explore the mechanism of membrane damage by these oligomers...
March 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Addisu Alemayehu Assegie, Ju-Hsiang Cheng, Li-Ming Kuo, Wei-Nien Su, Bing-Joe Hwang
The practical implementation of an anode-free lithium-metal battery with promising high capacity is hampered by dendrite formation and low coulombic efficiency. Most notably, these challenges stem from non-uniform lithium plating and unstable SEI layer formation on the bare copper electrode. Herein, we revealed the homogeneous deposition of lithium and effective suppression of dendrite formation using a copper electrode coated with a polyethylene oxide (PEO) film in an electrolyte comprising 1 M LiTFSI, DME/DOL (1/1, v/v) and 2 wt% LiNO3...
March 20, 2018: Nanoscale
Myeongsang Lee, Jae In Kim, Sungsoo Na, Kilho Eom
Amyloid β (Aβ) aggregates, which are a hallmark for neurodegenerative disease, are formed through a self-assembly process such as aggregation of Aβ peptide chains. This aggregation process depends on the solvent conditions under which the proteins are aggregated. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanism of the ionic effect on the formation and stability of amyloid aggregates has not been fully understood. Here, we report how metal ions play a role in the formation and stability of Aβ aggregates at different length scales, i...
March 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Joseph M Rogers, Sunbum Kwon, Simon J Dawson, Pradeep K Mandal, Hiroaki Suga, Ivan Huc
Translation, the mRNA-templated synthesis of peptides by the ribosome, can be manipulated to incorporate variants of the 20 cognate amino acids. Such approaches for expanding the range of chemical entities that can be produced by the ribosome may accelerate the discovery of molecules that can perform functions for which poorly folded, short peptidic sequences are ill suited. Here, we show that the ribosome tolerates some artificial helical aromatic oligomers, so-called foldamers. Using a flexible tRNA-acylation ribozyme-flexizyme-foldamers were attached to tRNA, and the resulting acylated tRNAs were delivered to the ribosome to initiate the synthesis of non-cyclic and cyclic foldamer-peptide hybrid molecules...
March 19, 2018: Nature Chemistry
Ming-Che Lee, Wan-Cheng Yu, Yao-Hsiang Shih, Chun-Yu Chen, Zhong-Hong Guo, Shing-Jong Huang, Jerry C C Chan, Yun-Ru Chen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in the elderly. Zinc (Zn) ion interacts with the pathogenic hallmark, amyloid-β (Aβ), and is enriched in senile plaques in brain of AD patients. To understand Zn-chelated Aβ (ZnAβ) species, here we systematically characterized ZnAβ aggregates by incubating equimolar Aβ with Zn. We found ZnAβ40 and ZnAβ42 both form spherical oligomers with a diameter of ~12-14 nm composed of reduced β-sheet content. Oligomer assembly examined by analytical ultracentrifugation, hydrophobic exposure by BisANS spectra, and immunoreactivity of ZnAβ and Aβ derived diffusible ligands (ADDLs) are distinct...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hongdan Zhang, Meishan Fan, Xin Li, Aiping Zhang, Jun Xie
In this work, a FeCl3 -catalyzed organosolv pretreatment was employed at 160 °C to remove hemicellulose and lignin in sugarcane bagasse leaving the cellulose-enriched residue for enzymatic hydrolysis to sugars. The solubilized hemicellulose fractions consisted more monomer xylose than oligomer xylose. The FeCl3 -catalyzed organosolv pretreatment significantly improved the enzymatic hydrolysis, nearly 100% of cellulose components were converted to glucose after pretreatment with 0.05 M FeCl3 . Structural analysis was employed to reveal how pretreatment affected the enzymatic hydrolysis...
March 2, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Fazhao Li, Han Xiao, Zhiping Hu, Fangfang Zhou, Binbin Yang
HSPB8 is a member of ubiquitous small heat shock protein (sHSP) family, whose expression is induced in response to a wide variety of unfavorable physiological and environmental conditions. Investigation of HSPB8 structure indicated that HSPB8 belongs to the group of so-called intrinsically disordered proteins and possesses a highly flexible structure. Unlike most other sHSPs, HSPB8 tends to form small-molecular-mass oligomers and exhibits substrate-dependent chaperone activity. In cooperation with BAG3, the chaperone activity of HSPB8 was reported to be involved in the delivery of misfolded proteins to the autophagy machinery...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Cell Biology
Yuuki Hata, Toshiki Sawada, Takamasa Sakai, Takeshi Serizawa
The dispersion stabilization of colloidal particles and subsequent construction of functional materials are of great interest in areas ranging from colloid chemistry to materials science. A promising strategy is the spatial immobilization of colloidal particles within gel scaffolds. However, conventional gels readily deform and even collapse when changes in environmental conditions occur. Herein, we describe the enzyme-catalyzed bottom-up synthesis of mechanically and physicochemically stable nanoribbon network hydrogels composed of crystalline cellulose oligomers in which cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) as model colloidal particles are immobilized spatially...
March 19, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Jianhua Ren, Yadwinder S Mann, Yuntao Zhang, Michael D Browne
Peptoids are sequence-controlled peptide-mimicking oligomers consisting of N-alkylated glycine units. Among many potential applications, peptoids have been thought of as a type of molecular information storage. Mass spectrometry analysis has been considered the method of choice for sequencing peptoids. Peptoids can be synthesized via solid phase chemistry using a repeating two-step reaction cycle. Here we present a method to manually synthesize oligo-peptoids and to analyze the sequence of the peptoids using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) techniques...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Joseph Ochaba, Eva L Morozko, Jacqueline G O'Rourke, Leslie M Thompson
The accumulation of misfolded proteins is central to pathology in Huntington's disease (HD) and many other neurodegenerative disorders. Specifically, a key pathological feature of HD is the aberrant accumulation of mutant HTT (mHTT) protein into high molecular weight complexes and intracellular inclusion bodies composed of fragments and other proteins. Conventional methods to measure and understand the contributions of various forms of mHTT-containing aggregates include fluorescence microscopy, western blot analysis, and filter trap assays...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Shaohui Sun, Ruishu Yang, Xin Wang, Shaokang Yan
An attractive approach for the production of transportation fuels from renewable biomass resources is to convert oxygenates into alkanes. In this paper, C5 -C20 alkanes formed via the hydrogenation and hydrodeoxygenation of the oligomers of furfuryl alcohol(FA) can be used as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel fraction. The first step of the process is the oligomers of FA convert into hydrogenated products over Raney Ni catalyst in a batch reactor. The second step of the process converts hydrogenated products to alkanes via hydrodeoxygenation over different bi-functional catalysts include hydrogenation and acidic deoxidization active sites...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Franziska Bußwinkel, Oscar Goñi, Stefan Cord-Landwehr, Shane O'Connell, Bruno M Moerschbacher
Chitosans with defined characteristics have been shown to possess reproducible bioactivities for numerous applications. A promising approach for producing chitosans with defined degrees of polymerization (DP), degrees of acetylation (DA), and patterns of acetylation (PA) involves using chitin-modifying enzymes. One such enzyme, the chitinase Tv-ECH1 belonging to the glycoside hydrolase (GH) family 18, seems to have an important role in the biocontrol properties of the fungus Trichoderma virens, suggesting its potential in generating novel chitosans for plant health applications...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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