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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345899/ammonia-borane-dehydrogenation-catalyzed-by-%C3%AE%C2%BA-4-ep3-co-h-ep3-e-ch2ch2pph2-3-e-n-p-and-h2-evolution-from-their-interaction-with-nh-acids
#1
Stefano Todisco, Lapo Luconi, Giuliano Giambastiani, Andrea Rossin, Maurizio Peruzzini, Igor E Golub, Oleg A Filippov, Natalia V Belkova, Elena S Shubina
Two Co(I) hydrides containing the tripodal polyphosphine ligand EP3, (κ(4)-EP3)Co(H) [E(CH2CH2PPh2)3; E = N (1), P (2)], have been exploited as ammonia borane (NH3BH3, AB) dehydrogenation catalysts in THF solution at T = 55 °C. The reaction has been analyzed experimentally through multinuclear ((11)B, (31)P{(1)H}, (1)H) NMR and IR spectroscopy, kinetic rate measurements, and kinetic isotope effect (KIE) determination with deuterated AB isotopologues. Both complexes are active in AB dehydrogenation, albeit with different rates and efficiency...
March 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343946/double-stranded-rna-induces-cathelicidin-expression-in-the-intestinal-epithelial-cells-through-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-protein-kinase-c%C3%AE-sp1-pathway-and-ameliorates-shigellosis-in-mice
#2
Atri Ta, Bhupesh Kumar Thakur, Pujarini Dutta, Ritam Sinha, Hemanta Koley, Santasabuj Das
Cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide is a key component of the host innate immune system. It is constitutively expressed by the intestinal epithelial cells, but induced at further higher levels by different host-derived and microbial stimuli, including the ligands for Toll-like receptors (TLRs). While the underlying mechanisms of cathelicidin expression remain incompletely understood, altered expression may be associated with gastro-intestinal infections and inflammatory diseases. We demonstrate here that viral double-stranded RNA and its synthetic analog poly(I:C) are potent and tissue-specific inducers of cathelicidin mRNA and protein expression in the mouse as well as human intestinal epithelial cells...
March 24, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343119/synergistically-enhanced-stability-of-laccase-immobilized-on-synthesized-silver-nanoparticles-with-water-soluble-polymers
#3
M N M Cunha, H P Felgueiras, I Gouveia, A Zille
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized by citrate reduction method in the presence of polymers, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and chitosan, used as stabilizing agents, and an oxidoreductase enzyme, laccase (Lac), with the goal of expanding the NPs antimicrobial action. AgNPs were characterized by UV-vis spectrometry, dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. As protecting agents, PEG and PVA promoted the formation of spherical uniformly-shaped, small-sized, monodispersed AgNPs (≈20nm)...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342933/regulation-of-airway-inflammation-and-remodeling-in-asthmatic-mice-by-tlr3-trif-signal-pathway
#4
Mei Yang, Hao-Ying Wang, Jian-Chang Chen, Jing Zhao
This paper aims to investigate the effect of Toll-like receptors 3 (TLR3)/TIR-domain-containing adapter-inducing interferon-β (TRIF) signal pathway on the airway inflammation and remodeling in asthmatic mice. C57BL/6 and TLR3(-/-) mice were randomly divided into three groups (10 mice per group), including Control group (mice inhaled phosphate buffer saline (PBS)), Asthma group (mice inhaled ovalbumin (OVA)) and polyriboinosinic-ribocytidylic acid (poly (I: C)) group (asthmatic mice were injected intraperitoneally with TLR3 agonist poly (I: C))...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342669/extended-protection-capabilities-of-an-immature-dendritic-cell-targeting-malaria-sporozoite-vaccine
#5
Kun Luo, Fidel Zavala, James Gordy, Hong Zhang, Richard B Markham
Mouse studies evaluating candidate malaria vaccines have typically examined protective efficacy over the relatively short time frames of several weeks after the final of multiple immunizations. The current study examines the protective ability in a mouse model system of a novel protein vaccine construct in which the adjuvant polyinosinic polycytidilic acid (poly(I:C)) is used in combination with a vaccine in which the immature dendritic cell targeting chemokine, macrophage inflammatory protein 3 alpha (MIP3α), is fused to the circumsporozoite protein (CSP) of Plasmodium falciparum (P...
March 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341111/generation-characterization-and-immunogenicity-of-a-novel-chimeric-recombinant-protein-based-on-plasmodium-vivax-ama-1-and-msp119
#6
Mariana Vilela Rocha, Kátia Sanches Françoso, Luciana Chagas Lima, Tarsila Mendes Camargo, Ricardo L D Machado, Fabio T M Costa, Laurent Rénia, Francois Nosten, Bruce Russell, Mauricio M Rodrigues, Irene S Soares
Plasmodium vivax is the most widely distributed malaria species and the most prevalent species of malaria in America and Asia. Vaccine development against P. vivax is considered a priority in the global program for the eradication of malaria. Earlier studies have characterized the Apical Membrane Antigen 1 (AMA-1) ectodomain and the C-terminal region (19kDa) of the Merozoite Surface Protein 1 (MSP-1) of P. vivax as immunodominant antigens. Based on this characterization, we designed a chimeric recombinant protein containing both merozoite immunodominant domains (PvAMA166-MSP119)...
March 21, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338321/thiol-reactive-star-polymers-display-enhanced-association-with-distinct-human-blood-components
#7
Joshua Julian Glass, Yang Li, Robert De Rose, Angus P R Johnston, Ewa I Czuba, Song Yang Khor, John F Quinn, Michael R Whittaker, Thomas P Davis, Stephen J Kent
Directing nanoparticles to specific cell types using non-antibody based methods is of increasing interest. Thiol-reactive nanoparticles can enhance the efficiency of cargo delivery into specific cells through interactions with cell surface proteins. However, studies to date using this technique have been largely limited to immortalized cell lines or rodents and the utility of this technology on primary human cells is unknown. Herein, we used RAFT polymerization to prepare pyridyl disulphide (PDS)-functionalized star polymers with a methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol) brush corona and a fluorescently-labelled crosslinked core using an arm-first method...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332691/relaxations-and-phase-transitions-during-the-collapse-of-a-dense-pnipam-microgel-suspension-thorough-insight-using-dielectric-spectroscopy
#8
Man Yang, Chunyan Liu, Yiwei Lian, Kongshuang Zhao, Dan Zhu, Jianfeng Zhou
The dielectric behavior of a thermo-sensitive poly-(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) microgel suspension with a dense concentration was investigated over the frequency range of 40 Hz to 110 MHz in a wide temperature window of 10-60 °C. By successfully removing the electrode polarization effect from the original data, two remarkable and temperature-dependent relaxation processes were observed. Both of the two-phase transition processes, i.e., the colloidal crystal-to-liquid transition, which has not yet been detected by dielectric spectroscopy before, as well as the volume phase transition, were detected by the relaxation parameters...
March 23, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327732/properties-of-polyplexes-formed-through-interaction-between-hydrophobically-modified-poly-ethylene-imine-s-and-calf-thymus-dna-in-aqueous-solution
#9
I C Bellettini, S J Fayad, V G Machado, E Minatti
Polycationic polymers and DNA form soluble complexes in aqueous solution, which allows the transfer of genetic material into cells. Therefore, these chemically-modified polymers are of interest for use in studies aimed at better transfection efficiency and gene expression along with reduced cytotoxicity. In this study, branched poly(ethylene imine) (PEI) was modified by alkylation with n-alkyl groups (n = 4, 6, 8 and 12 carbons). The polyplexes formed through interaction of the modified PEIs and calf thymus DNA (ctDNA) were investigated using UV-Vis spectrophotometry, ethidium bromide fluorescence emission, circular dichroism spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and small-angle X-ray scattering techniques along with the determination of the zeta potential and viscosity...
March 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327531/porcine-dendritic-cells-as-an-in-vitro-model-to-assess-the-immunological-behaviour-of-streptococcus-suis-subunit-vaccine-formulations-and-the-polarizing-effect-of-adjuvants
#10
Léa Martelet, Sonia Lacouture, Guillaume Goyette-Desjardins, Guy Beauchamp, Charles Surprenant, Marcelo Gottschalk, Mariela Segura
An in vitro porcine bone marrow-derived dendritic cell (DC) culture was developed as a model for evaluating immune polarization induced by adjuvants when administered with immunogens that may become vaccine candidates if appropriately formulated. The swine pathogen Streptococcus suis was chosen as a prototype to evaluate proposed S. suis vaccine candidates in combination with the adjuvants Poly I:C, Quil A ®, Alhydrogel ®, TiterMax Gold ® and Stimune ®. The toll-like receptor ligand Poly I:C and the saponin Quil A ® polarized swine DC cytokines towards a type 1 phenotype, with preferential production of IL-12 and TNF-α...
March 22, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326908/sublingual-immunotherapy-tablets-as-a-disease-modifying-add-on-treatment-option-to-pharmacotherapy-for-allergic-rhinitis-and-asthma
#11
Stephen Brunton, Harold S Nelson, David I Bernstein, Simon Lawton, Susan Lu, Hendrik Nolte
Allergic rhinitis (AR) with or without conjunctivitis (AR/C) is associated with a significant health and economic burden, and is often accompanied by asthma. Pharmacotherapies are the mainstay treatment options for AR and asthma, but guidelines also recommend allergy immunotherapy (AIT). Unlike pharmacotherapies, AIT has the ability to modify the underlying immunologic mechanisms of AR and asthma with the potential for long-term benefits after treatment is discontinued. Immunotherapy may also prevent progression of AR/C to asthma...
March 27, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322998/14-3-3-%C3%AE-and-14-3-3-%C3%AE-contribute-to-immune-responses-in-planarian-dugesia-japonica
#12
Qingqing Lu, Suge Wu, Hui Zhen, Hongkuan Deng, Qian Song, Kaifu Ma, Zhonghong Cao, Qiuxiang Pang, Bosheng Zhao
14-3-3 proteins are a family of highly conserved acidic proteins that regulate cellular processes. They act as a kind of important signaling molecules taking part in many crucial decisions throughout the development process. We have isolated and characterized two members of the 14-3-3 family, namely, Dj14-3-3 α and Dj14-3-3 ζ in the planarian Dugesia japonica. The Dj14-3-3 α and ζ genes encode polypeptides of 260 and 255 amino acids respectively. We have proved that the Dj14-3-3 α and ζ genes were especially expressed in the pharynx in adult and regenerating planarians by in situ hybridization and they are not involved in regeneration process...
March 16, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321182/sparse-and-specific-coding-during-information-transmission-between-co-cultured-dentate-gyrus-and-ca3-hippocampal-networks
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Daniele Poli, Srikanth Thiagarajan, Thomas B DeMarse, Bruce C Wheeler, Gregory J Brewer
To better understand encoding and decoding of stimulus information in two specific hippocampal sub-regions, we isolated and co-cultured rat primary dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3 neurons within a two-chamber device with axonal connectivity via micro-tunnels. We tested the hypothesis that, in these engineered networks, decoding performance of stimulus site information would be more accurate when stimuli and information flow occur in anatomically correct feed-forward DG to CA3 vs. CA3 back to DG. In particular, we characterized the neural code of these sub-regions by measuring sparseness and uniqueness of the responses evoked by specific paired-pulse stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316826/silver-i-nitrate-complexes-of-three-tetra-kis-thio-ether-substituted-pyrazine-ligands-metal-organic-chain-network-and-framework-structures
#14
Tokouré Assoumatine, Helen Stoeckli-Evans
The reaction of the ligand 2,3,5,6-tetra-kis-[(methyl-sulfanyl)-meth-yl]pyrazine (L1) with silver(I) nitrate led to {[Ag(C12H20N2S4)](NO3)} n , (I), catena-poly[[silver(I)-μ-2,3,5,6-tetra-kis-[(methyl-sulfan-yl)meth-yl]pyrazine] nitrate], a compound with a metal-organic chain structure. The asymmetric unit is composed of two half ligands, located about inversion centres, with one ligand coordinating to the silver atoms in a bis-tridentate manner and the other in a bis-bidentate manner. The charge on the metal atom is compensated for by a free nitrate anion...
March 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316773/vitamin-d-treatment-during-pregnancy-prevents-autism-related-phenotypes-in-a-mouse-model-of-maternal-immune-activation
#15
Stephanie Vuillermot, Wei Luan, Urs Meyer, Darryl Eyles
BACKGROUND: Prenatal exposure to infection is a recognized environmental risk factor for neuropsychiatric disorders of developmental origins such as autism or schizophrenia. Experimental work in animals indicates that this link is mediated by maternal immune activation (MIA) involving interactions between cytokine-associated inflammatory events, oxidative stress, and other pathophysiological processes such as hypoferremia and zinc deficiency. Maternal administration of the viral mimic polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid (poly(I:C)) in mice produces several behavioral phenotypes in adult offspring of relevance to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316756/photon-reabsorption-in-mixed-cspbcl3-cspbi3-perovskite-nanocrystal-films-for-light-emitting-diodes
#16
Nathaniel J L K Davis, Francisco J de la Peña, Maxim Tabachnyk, Johannes M Richter, Robin D Lamboll, Edward P Booker, Florencia Wisnivesky Rocca Rivarola, James T Griffiths, Caterina Ducati, S Matthew Menke, Felix Deschler, Neil C Greenham
Cesium lead halide nanocrystals, CsPbX3 (X = Cl, Br, I), exhibit photoluminescence quantum efficiencies approaching 100% without the core-shell structures usually used in conventional semiconductor nanocrystals. These high photoluminescence efficiencies make these crystals ideal candidates for light-emitting diodes (LEDs). However, because of the large surface area to volume ratio, halogen exchange between perovskite nanocrystals of different compositions occurs rapidly, which is one of the limiting factors for white-light applications requiring a mixture of different crystal compositions to achieve a broad emission spectrum...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315713/maternal-senp7-programs-meiosis-architecture-and-embryo-survival-in-mouse
#17
ChunJie Huang, Di Wu, XiaoFei Jiao, Faheem Ahmed Khan, ChengLiang Xiong, XiaoMing Liu, Jing Yang, TaiLang Yin, LiJun Huo
Understanding the mechanisms underlying abnormal egg production and pregnancy loss is significant for human fertility. SENP7, a SUMO poly-chain editing enzyme, has been regarded as a mitotic regulator of heterochromatin integrity and DNA repair. Herein, we report the roles of SENP7 in mammalian reproductive scenario. Mouse oocytes deficient in SENP7 experienced meiotic arrest at prophase I and metaphase I stages, causing substantial decrease of mature eggs. Hyperaceylation and hypomethylation of histone H3 and up-regulation of Cdc14B/C accompanied by down-regulation of CyclinB1 and CyclinB2 were further recognized as contributors to defective M-phase entry and spindle assembly in oocytes...
March 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314208/long-term-effects-of-sulphide-on-the-enhanced-biological-removal-of-phosphorus-the-symbiotic-role-of-thiothrix-caldifontis
#18
F J Rubio-Rincón, L Welles, C M Lopez-Vazquez, M Nierychlo, B Abbas, M Geleijnse, P H Nielsen, M C M van Loosdrecht, D Brdjanovic
Thiothrix caldifontis was the dominant microorganism (with an estimated bio-volume of 65 ± 3%) in a lab-scale enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) system containing 100 mg of sulphide per litre in the influent. After a gradual exposure to the presence of sulphide, the EBPR system initially dominated by Candidatus Accumulibacter phosphatis Clade I (98 ± 3% bio-volume) (a known polyphosphate accumulating organism, PAO) became enriched with T. caldifontis. Throughout the different operating conditions studied, practically 100% phosphate removal was always achieved...
March 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295207/human-gestation-associated-tissues-express-functional-cytosolic-nucleic-acid-sensing-pattern-recognition-receptors
#19
Aled H Bryant, Georgina E Menzies, Louis M Scott, Samantha Spencer-Harty, Lleucu B Davies, Rachel A Smith, Ruth H Jones, Catherine A Thornton
The role of viral infections in adverse pregnancy outcomes has gained interest in recent years. Innate immune pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and their signalling pathways that yield a cytokine output in response to pathogenic stimuli have been postulated to link infection at the maternal-fetal interface and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The objective of this study was to investigate the expression and functional response of nucleic acid ligand responsive Toll-like receptors (TLR3, 7, 8 and 9), and retinoic acid-inducible gene 1 (RIG-I)-like receptors (RIG-I, MDA5 and LGP2) in human term gestation-associated tissues (placenta, choriodecidua and amnion) using an explant model...
March 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292465/lipopolysaccharide-and-double-stranded-viral-rna-mediate-insulin-resistance-and-increase-system-a-amino-acid-transport-in-human-trophoblast-cells-in%C3%A2-vitro
#20
Stella Liong, Martha Lappas
INTRODUCTION: Inflammation and underlying low-grade maternal infection can impair insulin signalling and upregulate nutrient transport in the placenta which contribute to fetal overgrowth associated with GDM and/or obese pregnancies. There are, however, no studies on the role of infection on placental nutrient transport in pregnancies complicated by GDM and/or obesity. Thus, the aims of this study were to determine the effect of the bacterial product lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or the viral dsRNA analogue polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid (poly(I:C)) on the insulin signalling pathway and amino acid transport in primary human trophoblast cells...
March 2017: Placenta
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