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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719875/novel-magnetic-carboxyl-modified-hypercrosslinked-resins-for-effective-removal-of-typical-ppcps
#1
Jing Jin, Tianyu Feng, Yan Ma, Wei Wang, Yunshu Wang, Qing Zhou, Aimin Li
A series of novel magnetic carboxyl modified hypercrosslinked resins were successfully prepared via a sequence of suspension polymerization, hydrolysis and post-crosslinking reactions. The serial resins possessed both high cation exchange capacity and high specific surface area with MA-10 having the supreme specific surface area of 1238.65 m(2)/g and MA-70 having the largest exchange capacity of 6.45 mmol/g. The serial resins exhibited excellent adsorption capacity of typical PPCPs including chloramphenicol, atenolol, ibuprofen and tetracycline, which were neutral, cationic, anionic and zwitterionic respectively in natural water...
July 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719744/high-resolution-insights-into-the-stepwise-self-assembly-of-nanofiber-from-bioactive-peptides
#2
Fude Sun, Long Chen, Xiufang Ding, Lida Xu, Xirui Zhou, Peng Wei, Jun-Feng Liang, Shi-Zhong Luo
Peptide self-assembly has a profound biological significance since self-assembled bioactive peptides are gifted with improved bioactivity as well as life-span. In this study, peptide self-assembly was investigated using a therapeutic peptide, PTP-7S (EENFLGALFKALSKLL). Combining experiments of atomic force microscopy (AFM), circular dichroism (CD) and 8-anilino-1-naphthalenesulfonic acid (ANS) fluorescence spectra, PTP-7S showing α-helix was found self-assembling into nanofibers in solution. Relying on the coarse-grained (CG) dynamic simulations, the self-assembling of PTP-7S was revealed as a stepwise process that peptide monomers first clustered into peptide-assembling units (PUs) with charged surface, and then the PUs integrated together to construct nano-fibril aggregates...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719591/non-equilibrium-dissipative-supramolecular-materials-with-a-tunable-lifetime
#3
Marta Tena-Solsona, Benedikt Rieß, Raphael K Grötsch, Franziska C Löhrer, Caren Wanzke, Benjamin Käsdorf, Andreas R Bausch, Peter Müller-Buschbaum, Oliver Lieleg, Job Boekhoven
Many biological materials exist in non-equilibrium states driven by the irreversible consumption of high-energy molecules like ATP or GTP. These energy-dissipating structures are governed by kinetics and are thus endowed with unique properties including spatiotemporal control over their presence. Here we show man-made equivalents of materials driven by the consumption of high-energy molecules and explore their unique properties. A chemical reaction network converts dicarboxylates into metastable anhydrides driven by the irreversible consumption of carbodiimide fuels...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719578/de-novo-active-sites-for-resurrected-precambrian-enzymes
#4
Valeria A Risso, Sergio Martinez-Rodriguez, Adela M Candel, Dennis M Krüger, David Pantoja-Uceda, Mariano Ortega-Muñoz, Francisco Santoyo-Gonzalez, Eric A Gaucher, Shina C L Kamerlin, Marta Bruix, Jose A Gavira, Jose M Sanchez-Ruiz
Protein engineering studies often suggest the emergence of completely new enzyme functionalities to be highly improbable. However, enzymes likely catalysed many different reactions already in the last universal common ancestor. Mechanisms for the emergence of completely new active sites must therefore either plausibly exist or at least have existed at the primordial protein stage. Here, we use resurrected Precambrian proteins as scaffolds for protein engineering and demonstrate that a new active site can be generated through a single hydrophobic-to-ionizable amino acid replacement that generates a partially buried group with perturbed physico-chemical properties...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719187/exploring-the-role-of-habitat-on-the-wettability-of-cicada-wings
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Junho Oh, Catherine Dana, Sungmin Hong, Jessica K Roman, Kyoo D Jo, Je W Hong, Jonah Nguyen, Donald M Cropek, Marianne Alleyne, Nenad Miljkovic
Evolutionary pressure has pushed the wings of many insect species to develop micro/nanostructures that can significantly affect wettability and enable functionalities such as droplet jumping, self-cleaning, anti-fogging, anti-microbial, and anti-reflectivity. Significant effort is underway to understand the wing surface structure to establish rational design tools for the development of novel engineered materials. Most studies, however, have focused on superhydrophobic wings obtained from a single insect species, in particular, the Psaltoda claripennis cicada...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719174/adsorption-and-biodegradation-of-aromatic-chemicals-by-bacteria-encapsulated-in-a-hydrophobic-silica-gel
#6
Jonathan Konstantine Sakkos, Baris R Mutlu, Lawrence P Wackett, Alptekin Aksan
An adsorbent silica biogel material was developed via silica gel encapsulation of Pseudomonas sp. NCIB 9816-4, a bacterium that degrades a broad spectrum of aromatic pollutants. The adsorbent matrix was synthesized using silica precursors methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) and tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) to maximize the adsorption capacity of the matrix while maintaining a highly networked and porous microstructure. The encapsulated bacteria enhanced the removal rate and capacity of the matrix for an aromatic chemical mixture...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719051/the-binding-mechanism-between-azoles-and-fgcyp51b-sterol-14%C3%AE-demethylase-of-fusarium-graminearum
#7
Hengwei Qian, Meilin Duan, Xiaomei Sun, Mengyu Chi, Ying Zhao, Wenxing Liang, Juan Du, Jinguang Huang, Baodu Li
BACKGROUND: Fusarium graminearum is the main pathogen of Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), a worldwide plant disease and one of the major wheat diseases in China. The control of the FHB is mainly dependent on the application of DMIs fungicides. Fungal sterol 14α-demethylase enzymes (CYP51) are the main target for DMIs fungicides. In order to investigate the binding mechanism between azoles and CYP51B in F.graminearum, the molecular modeling study and biological evaluation were performed. RESULTS: Firstly, the homology model based on the crystal structure of Aspergillus fumigatus was built...
July 18, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718982/design-and-solution-phase-synthesis-of-membrane-targeting-lipopeptides-with-selective-antibacterial-activity
#8
Mohini Mohan Konai, Utsarga Adhikary, Jayanta Haldar
Designing selective antibacterial molecules remains an unmet goal in the field of membrane targeting agents. To this aim, herein we report the rational design and synthesis of a new class of lipopeptides which possess highly selective bacterial killing over mammalian cells. The selective interaction with bacterial over mammalian membranes was established through various spectroscopic as well as microscopic experiments including biophysical studies with the model membranes. A detailed antibacterial structure-activity relationship was delineated after preparing a series of molecules consisting of the peptide moieties with varied sequence of amino acids such as D-phenylalanine, D-leucine and D-lysine...
July 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718932/checking-transfer-efficiency-and-equal-loading-via-qualitative-optical-way-in-western-blotting
#9
Jun-Hua Gong, Jian-Ping Gong, Kai-Wen Zheng
The ability to determine that successful transfer and equal loading occur prior to using primary antibodies is important. And total protein staining is commonly used to check transfer efficiency and normalization, which play a crucial role in western blotting. Ponceau S and coomassie blue are commonly used, but, there are disadvantages reported in recent years. Therefore, we are interested in finding another method, which is cheap, easy and fast. As we know, protein binding region of PVDF membrane is still hydrophilic when carbinol volatilizes, however, the non-protein binding region of PVDF membrane became hydrophobic again...
July 18, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718650/self-regulated-nanoparticle-assembly-at-liquid-liquid-interfaces-a-route-to-adaptive-structuring-of-liquids
#10
Caili Huang, Mengmeng Cui, Zhiwei Sun, Feng Liu, Brett A Helms, Thomas P Russell
The controlled structuring of liquids into arbitrary shapes can be achieved in biphasic liquid media using the interfacial assemblies of nanoparticle surfactants (NP-surfactants), that consist of a polar nanoparticle "head group" bound to one or more hydrophobic polymer "tails". The non-equilibrium shapes of the suspended liquid phase can be rendered permanent by the jamming of the NP-surfactants formed and assembled at the interface between the liquids as the system attempts to minimize the interfacial area between the liquids...
July 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718631/a-copper-ii-paddlewheel-metal-organic-framework-with-exceptional-hydrolytic-stability-and-selective-adsorption-and-detection-ability-of-aniline-in-water
#11
Ya Chen, Bin Wang, Xiaoqing Wang, Lin-Hua Xie, Jinping Li, Yabo Xie, Jian-Rong Jeff Li
Copper(II) paddlewheel based metal-organic frameworks (CP-MOFs) represent a unique subclass of MOFs with highly predictable porous structures, facile syntheses, and functional open metal sites. However, lack of high hydrolytic stability is an obstacle for CP-MOFs in many practical applications. In this work, we report a new CP-MOF, [Cu4(tdhb)] (BUT-155), which is constructed from a judiciously designed carboxylate ligand with high coordination connectivity (octatopic), abundant hydrophobic substituents (six methyl groups), and substituent constrained geometry (tetrahedral backbone), tdhb8- (H8tdhb = 3,3',5,5'-tetra(3,5-dicarboxyphenyl)-2,2',4,4',6,6'-hexamethylbiphenyl))...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717975/development-of-a-novel-polymeric-nanocomposite-complex-for-drugs-with-low-bioavailability
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Mduduzi N Sithole, Yahya E Choonara, Lisa C du Toit, Pradeep Kumar, Thashree Marimuthu, Pierre P D Kondiah, Viness Pillay
Semi-synthetic biopolymer complex (SSBC) nanoparticles were investigated as a potential oral drug delivery system to enhance the bioavailability of a poorly water-soluble model drug acyclovir (ACV). The SSBCs were prepared from cross-linking of hydroxyl groups on hyaluronic acid (HA) with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) resulting in ether linkages. Thereafter, conjugation of 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) onto HA-PAA was accomplished using a 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC)/N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-promoted coupling reaction...
July 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716922/local-destabilization-rigid-body-and-fuzzy-docking-facilitate-the-phosphorylation-of-the-transcription-factor-ets-1-by-the-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-erk2
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Andrea Piserchio, Mangalika Warthaka, Tamer S Kaoud, Kari Callaway, Kevin N Dalby, Ranajeet Ghose
Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase substrates are believed to require consensus docking motifs (D-site, F-site) to engage and facilitate efficient site-specific phosphorylation at specific serine/threonine-proline sequences by their cognate kinases. In contrast to other MAP kinase substrates, the transcription factor Ets-1 has no canonical docking motifs, yet it is efficiently phosphorylated by the MAP kinase ERK2 at a consensus threonine site (T38). Using NMR methodology, we demonstrate that this phosphorylation is enabled by a unique bipartite mode of ERK2 engagement by Ets-1 and involves two suboptimal noncanonical docking interactions instead of a single canonical docking motif...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716760/properties-of-purified-cyp2r1-in-a-reconstituted-membrane-environment-and-its-25-hydroxylation-of-20-hydroxyvitamin-d3
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Chloe Y S Cheng, Tae-Kang Kim, Saowanee Jeayeng, Andrzej T Slominski, Robert C Tuckey
Recent studies indicate that CYP2R1 is the major 25-hydroxylase catalyzing the first step in vitamin D activation. Since the catalytic properties of CYP2R1 have been poorly studied to date and it is a membrane protein, we examined the purified enzyme in a membrane environment. CYP2R1 was expressed in E. coli and purified by nickel affinity- and hydrophobic interaction-chromatography and assayed in a reconstituted membrane system comprising phospholipid vesicles plus purified human NADPH-P450 oxidoreductase...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716729/study-of-new-interactions-of-glitazone-s-stereoisomers-and-the-endogenous-ligand-15d-pgj2-on-six-different-ppar-gamma-proteins
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Samuel Álvarez-Almazán, Martiniano Bello, Feliciano Tamay-Cach, Marlet Martínez-Archundia, Diana Alemán-González-Duhart, José Correa-Basurto, Jessica Elena Mendieta-Wejebe
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease characterized by hyperglycemia, insulin resistance and hyperlipidemia. Glitazones or thiazolidinediones (TZD) are drugs that act as insulin-sensitizing agents whose molecular target is the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ). The euglycemic action of TZD has been linked with the induction of type 4 glucose transporter. However, it has been shown that the effect of TZD depends on the specific stereoisomer that interacts with PPARγ. Therefore, this work is focused on exploring the interactions and geometry adopted by glitazone's stereoisomers and one endogenous ligand on different conformations of the six crystals of the PPARγ protein using molecular docking and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations accompanied by the MMGBSA approach...
July 14, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715857/difference-in-growth-and-coalescing-patterns-of-droplets-on-bi-philic-surfaces-with-varying-spatial-distribution
#16
Martand Mayukh Garimella, Sudheer Koppu, Shantanu Shrikant Kadlaskar, Venkata Pillutla, Abhijeet, Wonjae Choi
This paper reports the condensation and subsequent motion of water droplets on bi-philic surfaces, surfaces that are patterned with regions of different wettability. Bi-philic surfaces can enhance the water collection efficiency: droplets condensing on hydrophobic regions wick into hydrophilic drain channels when droplets grow to a certain size, renewing the condensation on the dry hydrophobic region. The onset of drain phenomenon can be triggered by multiple events with distinct nature ranging from gravity, direct contact between a droplet and a drain channel, to a mutual coalescence between droplets...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715771/a-flow-through-aqueous-standard-generation-system-for-thin-film-microextraction-investigations-of-uv-filters-and-biocides-partitioning-to-different-environmental-compartments
#17
Fardin Ahmadi, Chris Sparham, Janusz Pawliszyn
In this paper problems associated with preparation of aqueous standard of highly hydrophobic compounds such as partial precipitation, being lost on the surfaces, low solubility in water and limited sample volume for accurate determination of their distribution coefficients are addressed. The following work presents two approaches that utilize blade thin film microextraction (TFME) to investigate partitioning of UV filters and biocides to humic acid (dissolved organic carbon) and sediment. A steady-state concentration of target analytes in water was generated using a flow-through aqueous standard generation (ASG) system...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715765/impact-of-coated-tio2-nanoparticles-used-in-sunscreens-on-two-representative-strains-of-the-human-microbiota-effect-of-the-particle-surface-nature-and-aging
#18
Laura Rowenczyk, Cécile Duclairoir-Poc, Magalie Barreau, Céline Picard, Nicolas Hucher, Nicole Orange, Michel Grisel, Marc Feuilloley
The impact of two differently coated TiO2-nanoparticles (NPs) was evaluated on two representative bacteria from the cutaneous microbiota (Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas fluorescens) in conditions of use. Particles were coated in order to exhibit either hydrophilic or hydrophobic behavior. A first exposure scenario within some fresh/aged model emulsions was developed in order to measure both the impact of the NPs presence and their surface nature during the emulsions conservation. Thanks to this protocol, it was demonstrated that, during aging, the hydrophobic NPs modified the physicochemical characteristics of the emulsions, such as the pH or the colloids sizes, and favored the development of potential pathogenic bacteria...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715753/wettability-modification-of-wender-lignite-by-adsorption-of-dodecyl-poly-ethoxylated-surfactants-with-different-degree-of-ethoxylation-a-molecular-dynamics-simulation-study
#19
Lei Zhang, Bao Li, Yangchao Xia, Shengyu Liu
Lignite is an important and useful fossil fuel in the world and the strong hydrophilicity of it limits its applications. Surfactant adsorption on lignite is an effective way to make it hydrophobic. In this work, aiming to examine the effect of the degree of ethoxylation on the adsorption behavior of dodecyl poly ethoxylated surfactants on lignite and the wettability modification of modified lignite by surfactant adsorption, different combined systems formed by surfactants, water and a model surface of Wender lignite have been studied using molecular dynamics simulation...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715739/antimicrobial-and-antibiofilm-efficacy-of-self-cleaning-surfaces-functionalized-by-tio2-photocatalytic-nanoparticles-against-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-putida
#20
Blanca Jalvo, Marisol Faraldos, Ana Bahamonde, Roberto Rosal
A photocatalytic sol of TiO2 nanoparticles has been used for creating self-cleaning antimicrobial flat and porous glass surfaces. The substrates were irradiated to study their photocatalytic properties and behavior in the presence of biofilm-forming bacteria. Smooth glass surfaces and glass microfiber filters were covered with 1.98×10(-3)±1.5×10(-4)gcm(-2) and 8.55×10(-3)±3.0×10(-4)gcm(-2) densities, respectively. Self-cleaning properties were analyzed using the methylene blue 365nm UV-A photodegradation test...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
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