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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319897/dialysis-membrane-enforced-microelectrode-array-measurement-of-diverse-gut-electrical-activity
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Naoko Iwata, Takumi Fujimura, Chiho Takai, Kei Odani, Shin Kawano, Shinsuke Nakayama
A variety of electrical activities occur depending on the functional state in each section of the gut, but the application of microelectrode array (MEA) is rather limited. We thus developed a dialysis membranes-enforced technique to investigate diverse and complex spatio-temporal electrical activity in the gut. Muscle sheets isolated from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of mice along with a piece of dialysis membrane were woven over and under the strings to fix them to the anchor rig, and mounted on an 8×8 MEA (inter-electrode distance=150µm)...
March 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319851/-31-p-dephased-13-c-detected-redor-for-nmr-crystallography-at-natural-isotopic-abundance
#2
Alexander I Greenwood, Mary C Clay, Chad M Rienstra
Typically, the process of NMR-based structure determination relies on accurately measuring a large number of internuclear distances to serve as restraints for simulated annealing calculations. In solids, the rotational-echo double-resonance (REDOR) experiment is a widely used approach to determine heteronuclear dipolar couplings corresponding to distances usually in the range of 1.5-8Å. A challenge in the interpretation of REDOR data is the degeneracy of symmetric subunits in an oligomer or equivalent molecules in a crystal lattice, which produce REDOR trajectories that depend explicitly on two or more distances instead of one...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319779/supramolecular-biofunctional-materials
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REVIEW
Jie Zhou, Jie Li, Xuewen Du, Bing Xu
This review discusses supramolecular biofunctional materials, a novel class of biomaterials formed by small molecules that are held together via noncovalent interactions. The complexity of biology and relevant biomedical problems not only inspire, but also demand effective molecular design for functional materials. Supramolecular biofunctional materials offer (almost) unlimited possibilities and opportunities to address challenging biomedical problems. Rational molecular design of supramolecular biofunctional materials exploit powerful and versatile noncovalent interactions, which offer many advantages, such as responsiveness, reversibility, tunability, biomimicry, modularity, predictability, and, most importantly, adaptiveness...
March 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319381/effects-of-second-metal-al-v-co-doping-on-the-no-reactivity-of-small-rhodium-cluster-cations
#4
Shinichi Hirabayashi, Masahiko Ichihashi
Reactions of pure and doped rhodium cluster cations, RhnX(+) (n = 2-6; X = Al, V, Co, Rh), with NO molecules were investigated at near-thermal energy using a guided ion beam tandem mass spectrometer. We found that the doping with Al and V increases the total reaction cross section mostly. Under single collision conditions, Rh2X(+) react with NO to produce Rh2N(+) with releasing metal monoxide, XO, while RhnX(+) (n = 3-6) adsorb NO. For the specific clusters, RhnAl(+) (n = 3 and 4) and RhnV(+) (n = 4-6), the NO adsorption is often accompanied with the release of one Rh atom...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319380/evaluation-and-characterization-of-trk-kinase-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-pain-reliable-binding-affinity-predictions-from-theory-and-computation
#5
Shunzhou Wan, Agastya P Bhati, Sarah Skerratt, Kiyoyuki Omoto, Veerabahu Shanmugasundaram, Sharan K Bagal, Peter Vivian Coveney
Optimisation of ligand binding affinity to the target protein of interest is a primary objective in small-molecule drug discovery. Until now, the prediction of binding affinities by computational methods has not been widely applied in the drug discovery process, mainly due to its lack of accuracy and reproducibility, as well as the long turnaround times required to obtain results. Herein, we report on a collaborative study that compares tropomyosin receptor kinase A (TrkA) binding affinity predictions using two recently formulated fast computational approaches - namely ESMACS (Enhanced Sampling of Molecular dynamics with Approximation of Continuum Solvent) and TIES (Thermodynamic Integration with Enhanced Sampling) - to experimentally derived TrkA binding affinities for a set of Pfizer pan-Trk compounds...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319360/vertical-vs-lateral-macrophase-separation-in-thin-films-of-block-copolymer-mixtures-computer-simulations-and-gisaxs-experiments
#6
Anatoly V Berezkin, Florian Jung, Dorthe Posselt, Detlef M Smilgies, Christine M Papadakis
Mixtures of two diblock copolymers of very different lengths may feature both macro- and microphase separation; however, not much is known about the mechanisms of separation in diblock copolymer thin films. In the present work, we study thin films of mixtures of two compositionally symmetric block copolymers, both in the one-phase and in the two-phase state, combining coarse-grained molecular simulations (dissipative particle dynamics, DPD) with scattering experiments (grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering, GISAXS)...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319290/role-of-dissolved-and-molecular-oxygen-on-cu-and-ptcu-alloy-particle-structure-during-laser-ablation-synthesis-in-liquids
#7
Galina Marzun, Helmut Bönnemann, Christian Lehmann, Bernd Spliethoff, Claudia Weidenthaler, Stephan Barcikowski
The role of molecular oxygen dissolved in the solvent is often discussed as being an influential factor on particle oxidation during pulsed laser ablation in liquids. However, the formation of the particles during laser synthesis takes place under extreme conditions that enable the decomposition of the liquid medium. Reactive species of the solvent may then affect particle formation due to a chemical reaction in the reactive plasma. Experimental results show a difference between the role of dissolved molecular oxygen and the contribution from the oxygen in water molecules...
March 20, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319253/heat-shock-protein-expression-in-cerebral-x-linked-adrenoleukodystrophy-reveals-astrocyte-stress-prior-to-myelin-loss
#8
Anna Lena Görtz, Laura A N Peferoen, Wouter H Gerritsen, Johannes M van Noort, Marianna Bugiani, Sandra Amor
AIMS: X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a genetic white matter disorder in which demyelination occurs due to accumulation of very long chain fatty acids. Inflammation in the brain white matter is a hallmark of the pathology of cerebral X-ALD, but the underlying pathogenic mechanisms are still largely unknown. In other inflammatory demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis, the expression of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in combination with interferon-γ (IFN-γ) has been suggested to play a prominent role in the initiation of demyelination and inflammation...
March 20, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319221/fluorescent-chemical-probes-for-accurate-tumor-diagnosis-and-targeting-therapy
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REVIEW
Min Gao, Fabiao Yu, Changjun Lv, Jaebum Choo, Lingxin Chen
Surgical resection of solid tumors is currently the gold standard and preferred therapeutic strategy for cancer. Chemotherapy drugs also make a significant contribution by inhibiting the rapid growth of tumor cells and these two approaches are often combined to enhance treatment efficacy. However, surgery and chemotherapy inevitably lead to severe side effects and high systemic toxicity, which in turn results in poor prognosis. Precision medicine has promoted the development of treatment modalities that are developed to specifically target and kill tumor cells...
March 20, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318817/clinical-and-mutational-characteristics-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-patients-based-on-a-comprehensive-database-in-south-china
#10
Dan-Ni Wang, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Lei Yan, Jin He, Min-Ting Lin, Wan-Jin Chen, Ning Wang
The development of clinical trials for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in China faces many challenges due to limited information about epidemiological data, natural history and clinical management. To provide these detailed data, we developed a comprehensive database based on registered DMD patients from South China and analysed their clinical and mutational characteristics. The database included DMD registrants confirmed by clinical presentation, family history, genetic detection, prognostic outcome, and/or muscle biopsy...
February 21, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318264/structure-of-polystyrene-sulfonate-surfactant-mixtures-at-air-water-interfaces-and-their-role-as-building-blocks-for-macroscopic-foam
#11
Felix Schulze-Zachau, Björn Braunschweig
Air/water interfaces were modified by oppositely charged poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (NaPSS) and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures and were studied on a molecular level with vibrational sum-frequency generation (SFG), tensiometry, surface dilatational rheology and ellipsometry. In order to deduce structure property relations, our results on the interfacial molecular structure and lateral interactions of PSS(-)/CTA(+) complexes were compared to the stability and structure of macroscopic foam as well as to bulk properties...
March 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318251/molecular-simulation-studies-on-the-binding-selectivity-of-type-i-inhibitors-in-the-complexes-with-ros1-versus-alk
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Yuanxin Tian, Yonghuan Yu, Yudong Shen, Hua Wan, Shan Chang, Tingting Zhang, Shanhe Wan, Jiajie Zhang
ROS1 and ALK are promising targets of anti-cancer drugs for non small cell lung cancer. Since they have 49% amide acid sequence homology in the kinases domain and 77% identity at the ATP binding area, some ALK inhibitors also showed some significant responses for ROS1 in the clinical trial, such as the type-I binding inhibitor crizotinib and PF-06463922. As a newly therapeutic target, selective ROS1 inhibitor is relative rarely. Moreover, the molecular basis for the selectivity of ROS1 versus ALK still remains unclear...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317964/how-does-ytterbium-chloride-interact-with-dmpc-bilayers-a-computational-and-experimental-study
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Miguel A Gonzalez, Hanna M G Barriga, Joanna L Richens, Robert V Law, Paul O'Shea, Fernando Bresme
Lanthanide salts have been studied for many years, primarily in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) experiments of mixed lipid-protein systems and more recently to study lipid flip-flop in model membrane systems. It is well recognised that lanthanide salts can influence the behaviour of both lipid and protein systems, however a full molecular level description of lipid-lanthanide interactions is still outstanding. Here we present a study of lanthanide-bilayer interactions, using molecular dynamics computer simulations, fluorescence electrostatic potential experiments and nuclear magnetic resonance...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317937/identification-of-cancer-associated-missense-mutations-in-hace1-that-impair-cell-growth-control-and-rac1-ubiquitylation
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Emilie Andrio, Romain Lotte, Daniel Hamaoui, Jacqueline Cherfils, Anne Doye, Mads Daugaard, Poul H Sorensen, Frédéric Bost, Raymond Ruimy, Amel Mettouchi, Emmanuel Lemichez
The E3 ubiquitin ligase HACE1 is a potent tumor suppressor that controls cell proliferation and ubiquitylates the small GTPase Rac1 to target it to proteasomal degradation. Whether and how the activity of HACE1 is regulated by the N-terminal ankyrin (ANK) and the middle (MID) domains is ill defined. Here, we identified in the version 64 of the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer (COSMIC) 13 missense mutations of hace1 located outside the HECT domain, and found that all lead to defective control of cell proliferation...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317910/enterohemorrhagic-escherichia-coli-pathogenesis-role-of-long-polar-fimbriae-in-peyer-s-patches-interactions
#15
Charlotte Cordonnier, Lucie Etienne-Mesmin, Jonathan Thévenot, Amandine Rougeron, Sandra Rénier, Benoit Chassaing, Arlette Darfeuille-Michaud, Nicolas Barnich, Stéphanie Blanquet-Diot, Valérie Livrelli
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) are major food-borne pathogens whose survival and virulence in the human digestive tract remain unclear owing to paucity of relevant models. EHEC interact with the follicle-associated epithelium of Peyer's patches of the distal ileum and translocate across the intestinal epithelium via M-cells, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are still unknown. Here, we investigated the involvement of Long polar fimbriae (Lpf) in EHEC pathogenesis. Of the 236 strains tested, a significant association was observed between the presence of lpf operons and pathogenicity...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317714/acetic-acid-pretreatment-improves-the-hardness-of-cooked-potato-slices
#16
Wenlin Zhao, Hussain Shehzad, Shoulei Yan, Jie Li, Qingzhang Wang
The effects of acetic acid pretreatment on the texture of cooked potato slices were investigated in this work. Potato slices were pretreated with acetic acid immersion (AAI), distilled water immersion (DWI), or no immersion (NI). Subsequently, the cell wall material of the pretreated samples was isolated and fractioned to evaluate changes in the monosaccharide content and molar mass (MM), and the hardness and microscopic structure of the potato slices in different pretreatments before and after cooking were determined...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317367/-role-of-small-noncoding-rna-in-the-regulation-of-bacterial-virulence
#17
Wang Lu, Zheng Xin, Wang Shida, Li Jiyao, Xu Xin
In the long-term interaction between pathogens and host, the pathogens regulate the expression of related viru-lence genes to fit the host environment in response to the changes in the host microenvironment. Gene expression was believed to be controlled mainly at the level of transcription initiation by repressors or activators. Recent studies have revealed that small noncoding RNAs (sRNAs) are key regulators in bacterial pathogenesis. sRNA in bacteria is a noncoding RNA with length ranging from 50 to 500 nucleotides...
August 1, 2016: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317202/cooperative-magnetism-in-crystalline-n-aryl-substituted-verdazyl-radicals-first-principles-predictions-and-experimental-results
#18
Steffen Eusterwiemann, Thomas Dresselhaus, Carsten Doerenkamp, Oliver Janka, Oliver Niehaus, Anja Massolle, Constantin Daniliuc, Hellmut Eckert, Rainer Pöttgen, Johannes Neugebauer, Armido Studer
We report on a series of eight diaryl-6-oxo-verdazyl radicals containing a tert-butyl group at the C(3) position regarding their crystal structure and magnetic properties by means of magnetic susceptibility measurements in combination with quantum chemical calculations using the first-principles bottom-up approach. The latter method allows for a qualitative prediction and detailed analysis of the correlation between solid state architecture and magnetic properties. Although the perturbation in the molecular structure by varying the substituent of the N-aryl-ring may appear small, the effects upon the structural parameters controlling intermolecular magnetic coupling interactions are strong, resulting in a wide spectrum of cooperative magnetic behavior...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317184/self-assembled-multivalent-samul-polyanion-binding-impact-of-hydrophobic-modifications-in-the-micellar-core-on-dna-and-heparin-binding-at-the-peripheral-cationic-ligands
#19
Buthaina Albanyan, Erik Laurini, Paola Posocco, Sabrina Pricl, David K Smith
This paper reports a small family of cationic surfactants designed to bind polyanions such as DNA and heparin. Each molecule has the same hydrophilic cationic ligand, and a hydrophobic aliphatic group with eighteen carbon atoms with either one, two or three alkene groups within the hydrophobic chain (C18-1, C18-2 and C18-3). Dynamic light scattering indicates that more alkenes lead to geometric distortion, giving rise to larger self-assembled multivalent (SAMul) nanostructures. Mallard Blue and Ethidium Bromide dye displacement assays demonstrate that heparin and DNA have markedly different binding preferences, with heparin binding most effectively to C18-1, and DNA to C18-3, even though the molecular structural differences of these SAMul systems are buried in the hydrophobic core...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316389/molecular-characterization-of-myxoboluscatmrigalae-myxosporea-myxobolidae-infecting-the-gill-lamellae-of-carp-cirrhinusmrigala-hamilton
#20
Sayani Banerjee, Avijit Patra, Anjan Mondal, Harresh Adikesavalu, Kurva Raghu Ramudu, Gadadhar Dash, Siddhartha Narayan Joardar, Thangapalam Jawahar Abraham
The present study attempted sequencing the 18S rRNA gene of Myxoboluscatmrigalae infecting the gill lamellae of carp, Cirrhinusmrigala and compared its genetic homology and phylogenetic characteristics with 18S rRNA genes of other Myxobolus spp. The infected fish had up to 3 small, creamy white plasmodia per gill filament with 30-50 spores each. The spore size was 17.90 ± 0.70 × 7.40 ± 0.40 μm. The sporoplasm contained two large nuclei of size 0.57 ± 0.09 μm and no iodinophilous vacuole. The DNA sequence of M...
March 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
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