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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343163/s100a6-focus-on-recent-developments
#1
Wiesława Leśniak, Tomasz Wilanowski, Anna Filipek
The Ca2+-binding protein, S100A6, belongs to the S100 family. Binding of Ca2+ induces a conformational change, which causes an increase in the overall S100A6 hydrophobicity and allows it to interact with many targets. S100A6 is expressed in different normal tissues and in many tumors. Up to now it has been shown that S100A6 is involved in cell proliferation, cytoskeletal dynamics and tumorigenesis, and that it might have some extracellular functions. In this review, we summarize novel discoveries concerning S100A6 targets, its involvement in cellular signaling pathways, and presence in stem/progenitor cells, extracellular matrix and body fluids of diseased patients...
March 25, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343136/facile-microfluidic-production-of-composite-polymer-core-shell-microcapsules-and-crescent-shaped-microparticles
#2
Ekanem E Ekanem, Zilin Zhang, Goran T Vladisavljević
HYPOTHESIS: Core-shell microcapsules and crescent-shaped microparticles can be used as picolitre bioreactors for cell culture and microwells for cell trapping/immobilisation, respectively. RESULTS: Monodisperse polylactic acid (PLA) core-shell microcapsules with a diameter above 200μm, a shell thickness of 10μm, and 96% water entrapment efficiency were produced by solvent evaporation from microfluidically generated W/O/W emulsion drops with core-shell structure, and used to encapsulate Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cells in their aqueous cores...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340485/an-approach-for-liposome-immobilization-using-sterically-stabilized-micelles-ssms-as-a-precursor-for-bio-layer-interferometry-based-interaction-studies
#3
Jakob Wallner, Gabriele Lhota, Markus Schosserer, Karola Vorauer-Uhl
Non-fluidic bio-layer interferometry (BLI) has rapidly become a standard tool for monitoring almost all biomolecular interactions in a label-free, real-time and high-throughput manner. High-efficiency screening methods which measure the kinetics of liposomes with a variety of compounds require the immobilization of liposomes. In this work, a method is described for immobilizing liposomes for interaction studies, based on the biophysical principles of this biosensor platform. The immobilization approach includes the loading of DSPE-PEG(2000)-biotin containing sterically stabilized micelles (SSMs) which are restructured in a buffer change step, resulting in an accessible substrate for liposome immobilization...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340387/an-exploration-of-the-effect-and-interaction-mechanism-of-bisphenol-a-on-waste-sludge-hydrolysis-with-multi-spectra-isothermal-titration-microcalorimetry-and-molecule-docking
#4
Guangying Hou, Rui Zhang, Xiaoyan Hao, Chunguang Liu
An increasing amount of bisphenol A (BPA) is being produced and used, then discharged into sewage treatment plants and accumulated in sludge or soil, when the sludge is used as fertilizer. Accumulation of BPA in sludge or soil causes poisoning to the enzyme, which affects the biological treatment of sludge and the circulation and conversion of materials in soil. In this research, effect of BPA on sludge hydrolysis is studied from the respect of concentration and components of soluble organic matter in sludge, using three-dimensional fluorescence spectra...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340357/ruthenium-complexes-with-phenylterpyridine-derivatives-target-cell-membrane-and-trigger-death-receptors-mediated-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells
#5
Zhiqin Deng, Pan Gao, Lianling Yu, Bin Ma, Yuanyuan You, Leung Chan, Chaoming Mei, Tianfeng Chen
Elucidation of the communication between metal complexes and cell membrane may provide useful information for rational design of metal-based anticancer drugs. Herein we synthesized a novel class of ruthenium (Ru) complexes containing phtpy derivatives (phtpy = phenylterpyridine), analyzed their structure-activity relationship and revealed their action mechanisms. The result showed that, the increase in the planarity of hydrophobic Ru complexes significantly enhanced their lipophilicity and cellular uptake...
March 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340187/biofilm-adherence-and-hydrophobicity-as-virulence-factors-in-malassezia-furfur
#6
Letizia Angiolella, Claudia Leone, Florencia Rojas, Javier Mussin, María de Los Angeles Sosa, Gustavo Giusiano
Malassezia species are natural inhabitants of the healthy skin. However, under certain conditions, they may cause or exacerbate several skin diseases. The ability of this fungus to colonize or infect is determined by complex interactions between the fungal cell and its virulence factors. This study aims to evaluate "in vitro" the hydrophobicity levels, the adherence on a plastic surface and the biofilm formation of 16 clinical isolates of Malassezia furfur. Cellular surface hydrophobicity (CSH) levels were determined by two-phase system...
March 9, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338415/hyaluronic-acid-hydrogel-functionalized-with-self-assembled-micelles-of-amphiphilic-pegylated-kartogenin-for-the-treatment-of-osteoarthritis
#7
Mi-Lan Kang, Se-Young Jeong, Gun-Il Im
Synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) containing a covalently integrated drug is capable of releasing therapeutic molecules and is an attractive candidate for the intra-articular treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). Herein, self-assembled PEGylated kartogenin (PEG/KGN) micelles consisting of hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) and hydrophobic KGN, which has been shown to induce chondrogenesis in human mesenchymal stem cells, were prepared by covalent crosslinking. HA hydrogels containing PEG/KGN micelles (HA/PEG/KGN) were prepared by covalently bonding PEG chains to HA...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338288/a-comparison-inhibitory-effects-of-cisplatin-and-mnps-peg-cisplatin-on-the-adhesion-capacity-of-bone-metastatic-breast-cancer
#8
Mohammad Javad Mokhtari, Fatemeh Koohpeima, Hadi Mohammadi
To date, high mortality in women due to malignancy breast cancer related to the metastasis to the bone is a significant challenge. Since, magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) conjugated with the biocompatible polymers was employed for the delivery of some hydrophobic anti-cancer agents, so the main aim of the current research was to assess whether cisplatin-loaded MNPs enhanced the anti-cancer effect of free cisplatin in breast cancer cells.MNPs decorated with PEG were synthesized by an improved co-precipitation technique, and then cisplatin was loaded onto the MNPs via a simple mixing method...
March 24, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338130/the-aqueous-supramolecular-chemistry-of-cucurbit-n-urils-pillar-n-arenes-and-deep-cavity-cavitands
#9
REVIEW
James Murray, Kimoon Kim, Tomoki Ogoshi, Wei Yao, Bruce C Gibb
This tutorial review summarizes the continuing exploration of three prominent water-soluble hosts: cucurbiturils, pillar[n]arenes and deep-cavity cavitands. As we describe, these hosts are revealing how orchestrating the hydrophobic effect can lead to a broad range of properties and applications, from: nano-reactors, supramolecular polymers, stimuli-responsive biointerfaces, switches, and novel purification devices. We also describe how their study is also revealing more details about the properties of water and aqueous solutions...
March 24, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337908/detection-of-2-4-6-trinitrotoluene-using-a-miniaturized-disposable-electrochemical-sensor-with-an-ionic-liquid-gel-polymer-electrolyte-film
#10
Holly A Yu, Junqiao Lee, Simon W Lewis, Debbie Sue Silvester
A new electrochemical method to detect and quantify the explosive compound 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in aqueous solutions is demonstrated. A disposable thin-film electrode modified with a droplet of a gel-polymer electrolyte (GPE) was immersed directly into samples of TNT at concentrations of 1-10 μg/mL. The GPE contained the hydrophobic room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) trihexyltetradecylphosphonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([P14,6,6,6][NTf2]) and the polymer poly(hexyl methacrylate) (PHMA)...
March 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337778/biochemical-alterations-in-duckweed-and-algae-induced-by-carrier-solvents-selection-of-an-appropriate-solvent-in-toxicity-testing
#11
Li-Xin Hu, Fei Tian, Francis L Martin, Guang-Guo Ying
Carrier solvents are often used in aquatic toxicity testing for test chemicals with hydrophobic properties. However, the knowledge of solvent effects on test organisms remains limited. This study aimed to understand biochemical effects of the four common solvents ((methanol, ethanol, acetone and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO)) on two test species Lemna minor and Raphidocelis subcapitata by applying Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) coupled with multivariate analysis in order to select appropriate solvents in the toxicity testing...
March 24, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337702/synthesis-and-characterization-of-surface-modified-fluorescent-and-biocompatible-zns-nanoparticles-with-a-hydrophobic-chitosan-derivative
#12
B Jothimani, S Sureshkumar, B Venkatachalapathy
The introduction of a hydrophobic moiety on chitosan enhances the self-assembling properties, mucoadhesion, the permeability of the macromolecule and aids in target specific delivery. Our group synthesized a hydrophobic trans N-(6,6-Dimethyl-2-hepten-4-ynyl)chitosan derivative (CSD) and studied the surface modification of ZnS nanoparticles in a single pot reaction. X-ray diffraction studies and FESEM imaging confirms the nano size and morphology of the surface modified Zinc sulfide nanoparticles (ZnS-CSD NPs)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337625/using-fluorescent-dyes-as-proxies-to-study-herbicide-removal-by-sorption-in-buffer-zones
#13
Jeanne Dollinger, Cécile Dagès, Marc Voltz
The performance of buffer zones for removing pesticides from runoff water varies greatly according to landscape settings, hydraulic regime, and system design. Evaluating the performance of buffers for a range of pesticides and environmental conditions can be very expensive. Recent studies suggested that the fluorescent dyes uranine and sulforhodamine B could be used as cost-effective surrogates of herbicides to evaluate buffer performance. However, while transformation mechanisms in buffers have been extensively documented, sorption processes of both dyes have rarely been investigated...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337461/molecular-mechanism-for-the-regulation-of-microcystin-toxicity-to-protein-phosphatase-1-by-glutathione-conjugation-pathway
#14
Wansong Zong, Xiaoning Wang, Yonggang Du, Shuhan Zhang, Ying Zhang, Yue Teng
Glutathione (GSH) conjugation was an important pathway to regulate the toxicity of microcystins (MCs) targeted to protein phosphatases. To explore the specific molecular mechanism for GSH detoxification, two typical MC-GSHs (derived from MCLR and MCRR) were synthesized, prepared, and purified according to previous research. Then, the reduced inhibition effect for MC-GSHs on protein phosphatase 1 was verified by comparing with their original toxins. To further clarify the molecular mechanism for MC-GSHs detoxification, we evaluated the interactions between MCs/MC-GSHs and PP1 with the assistance of MOE molecule simulation...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337436/the-lid-domain-in-lipases-structural-and-functional-determinant-of-enzymatic-properties
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REVIEW
Faez Iqbal Khan, Dongming Lan, Rabia Durrani, Weiqian Huan, Zexin Zhao, Yonghua Wang
Lipases are important industrial enzymes. Most of the lipases operate at lipid-water interfaces enabled by a mobile lid domain located over the active site. Lid protects the active site and hence responsible for catalytic activity. In pure aqueous media, the lid is predominantly closed, whereas in the presence of a hydrophobic layer, it is partially opened. Hence, the lid controls the enzyme activity. In the present review, we have classified lipases into different groups based on the structure of lid domains...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337243/residue-specific-interactions-of-an-intrinsically-disordered-protein-with-silica-nanoparticles-and-their-quantitative-prediction
#16
Mouzhe Xie, Alexandar L Hansen, Jiaqi Yuan, Rafael Brüschweiler
Elucidation of the driving forces that govern interactions between nanoparticles and intrinsically disordered proteins (IDP) is important for the understanding of the effect of nanoparticles in living systems and for the design of new nanoparticle-based assays to monitor health and combat disease. The quantitative interaction profile of the intrinsically disordered transactivation domain of p53 and its mutants with anionic silica nanoparticles is reported at atomic resolution using nuclear magnetic spin relaxation experiments...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336881/the-influence-of-new-hydrophobic-silica-nanoparticles-on-the-surface-properties-of-the-films-obtained-from-bilayer-hybrids
#17
Cristian Petcu, Violeta Purcar, Cătălin-Ilie Spătaru, Elvira Alexandrescu, Raluca Şomoghi, Bogdan Trică, Sabina Georgiana Niţu, Denis Mihaela Panaitescu, Dan Donescu, Maria-Luiza Jecu
Ultra-hydrophobic bilayer coatings on a glass surface were fabricated by sol-gel process using hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (C16TMS) and tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) (1:4 molar ratio) as precursors. After coating, silica nanoparticles (SiO₂ NPs) functionalized with different mono-alkoxy derivatives (methoxytrimethylsilane, TMeMS; ethoxydimethylvinylsilane, DMeVES; ethoxydimethylphenylsilane, DMePhES; and methoxydimethyloctylsilane, DMeC₈MS) were added, assuring the microscale roughness on the glass surface. Influences of the functionalized SiO₂ NPs and surface morphology on the hydrophobicity of the hybrid films were discussed...
February 20, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336839/synthesis-of-polyhydroxybutyrate-particles-with-micro-to-nanosized-structures-and-application-as-protective-coating-for-packaging-papers
#18
Vibhore Kumar Rastogi, Pieter Samyn
This study reports on the development of bio-based hydrophobic coatings for packaging papers through deposition of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) particles in combination with nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and plant wax. In the first approach, PHB particles in the micrometer range (PHB-MP) were prepared through a phase-separation technique providing internally-nanosized structures. The particles were transferred as a coating by dip-coating filter papers in the particle suspension, followed by sizing with a carnauba wax solution...
December 30, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336404/mapping-region-of-human-restriction-factor-apobec3h-critical-for-interaction-with-hiv-1-vif
#19
Masaaki Nakashima, Shinya Tsuzuki, Hiroaki Awazu, Akiko Hamano, Ayaka Okada, Hirotaka Ode, Masami Maejima, Atsuko Hachiya, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Nobuhisa Watanabe, Hirofumi Akari, Yasumasa Iwatani
The APOBEC3 (A3) family of cellular cytidine deaminases comprises seven members (A, B, C, D, F, G, and H) that potently inhibit retroviral replication. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) Vif is a small pleiotropic protein that specifically inactivates these enzymes, targeting them for ubiquitin-mediated proteasomal degradation. A3 Vif-interaction sites are presumed to fall into three distinct types: A3C/D/F, A3G, and A3H. To date, two types of A3G and A3C/D/F sites have been well characterized, whereas the A3H Vif-binding site remains poorly defined...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336403/broad-analysis-of-vicinal-disulfides-occurrences-conformations-with-cis-or-with-trans-peptides-and-functional-roles-including-sugar-binding
#20
Jane S Richardson, Lizbeth L Videau, Christopher J Williams, David C Richardson
Vicinal disulfides between sequence-adjacent cysteine residues are very rare and rather startling structural features which play a variety of functional roles. Typically discussed as an isolated curiosity, they have never received a general treatment covering both cis and trans forms. Enabled by the growing database of high-resolution structures, required deposition of diffraction data, and improved methods for discriminating reliable from dubious cases, we here identify and describe distinct protein families with reliably genuine examples of cis or trans vicinal disulfides and discuss their conformations, conservation, and functions...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
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