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Yingying Mi, Wen Liu, Ke R Yang, Jianbing Jiang, Qi Fan, Zhe Weng, Yiren Zhong, Zishan Wu, Gary W Brudvig, Victor S Batista, Henghui Zhou, Hailiang Wang
Confining lithium polysulfide intermediates is one of the most effective ways to alleviate the capacity fade of sulfur-cathode materials in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. To develop long-cycle Li-S batteries, there is an urgent need for material structures with effective polysulfide binding capability and well-defined surface sites; thereby improving cycling stability and allowing study of molecular-level interactions. This challenge was addressed by introducing an organometallic molecular compound, ferrocene, as a new polysulfide-confining agent...
October 25, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Jinfeng Kong, Juan Du, Yunling Wang, Mingzi Yang, Jianchao Gao, Xiaofan Wei, Weigang Fang, Jun Zhan, Hongquan Zhang
Kindlin-1, an integrin-interacting protein, has been implicated in TGF-β/Smad3 signaling. However, the molecular mechanism underlying Kindlin-1 regulation of TGF-β/Smad3 signaling remains elusive. Here, we reported that Kindlin-1 is an important mediator of TGF-β/Smad3 signaling by showing that Kindlin-1 physically interacts with TGF-β receptor I (TβRI), Smad anchor for receptor activation (SARA) and Smad3. Kindlin-1 is required for the interaction of Smad3 with TβRI, Smad3 phosphorylation, nuclear translocation, and finally the activation of TGF-β/Smad3 signaling pathway...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Larisa Kordyukova
Two enveloped virus families, Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae, comprise a large number of dangerous pathogens that enter the host cell via fusion of their envelope with a target cell membrane at acidic or neutral pH. The Class I prototypic glycoproteins responsible for this reaction are the Influenza virus haemagglutinin (HA) protein or paramyxovirus fusion (F) protein. X-ray crystallography and cryoelectron microscopy data are available for the HA and F ectodomains in pre- and post-fusion conformations, revealing similar spiky architectures, albeit with clear differences in the details...
October 20, 2016: Virus Research
Lena Diekmann, Marc Behrendt, Mahdi Amiri, Hassan Y Naim
BACKGROUND: Lactase phlorizin-hydrolase (LPH) is a membrane anchored type I glycoprotein of the intestinal epithelium that is composed of four homologous structural domains. The role of each distinct domain in the intramolecular organization and function of LPH is not completely understood. METHODS: Here, we analyzed the early events of LPH biosynthesis and trafficking by directed restructuring of the domain compositions. RESULTS: Removal of domain I (LPH∆1) results in a malfolded ER-localized protein...
October 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Arne O Melleby, Mari E Strand, Andreas Romaine, Kate M Herum, Biljana Skrbic, Christen P Dahl, Ivar Sjaastad, Arnt E Fiane, Jorge Filmus, Geir Christensen, Ida G Lunde
Pressure overload is a frequent cause of heart failure. Heart failure affects millions of patients worldwide and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Cell surface proteoglycans are emerging as molecular players in cardiac remodeling, and increased knowledge about their regulation and function is needed for improved understanding of cardiac pathogenesis. Here we investigated glypicans (GPC1-6), a family of evolutionary conserved heparan sulfate proteoglycans anchored to the extracellular leaflet of the cell membrane, in experimental and clinical heart failure, and explored the function of glypican-6 in cardiac cells in vitro...
2016: PloS One
Laura Acquasaliente, Daniele Peterle, Simone Tescari, Nicola Pozzi, Vittorio Pengo, Vincenzo De Filippis
: β2-Glycoprotein I (β2GpI) is the major autoantigen in the antiphospholipid syndrome, a thrombotic autoimmune disease. Nonetheless, the physiological role of β2GpI is still unclear. In a recent work, we have shown that β2GpI selectively inhibits the procoagulant functions of human a-thrombin (αT) (i.e. prolongs fibrin clotting time, tc, and inhibits αT-induced platelets aggregation) without affecting the unique anticoagulant activity of the protease, i.e. the proteolytic generation of the anticoagulant protein C (PC) from the PC zymogen, which interacts with αT exclusively at the protease catalytic site...
October 19, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Xiaohu Zheng, Lei Gao, Quanzhou Yao, Qunyang Li, Miao Zhang, Xiaoming Xie, Shan Qiao, Gang Wang, Tianbao Ma, Zengfeng Di, Jianbin Luo, Xi Wang
Two-dimensional (2D) materials possess outstanding lubrication property with their thicknesses down to a few atomic layers, but they are easily susceptible to sliding induced degradation or ubiquitous chemical modification. Maintaining the superior lubricating performance of 2D materials in a harsh working environment is highly desirable yet grandly challenging. Here we show that by proper alignment of graphene on a Ge(111) substrate, friction of graphene could be well preserved at an ultra-low level even after fluorination or oxidation...
October 19, 2016: Nature Communications
Caojian Zuo
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac fibroblasts play a vital role in the progression of fibrotic cardiac remodeling in hypertensive and failing heart. Osteoglycin (OGN) is implicated as a key regulator of left ventricular mass. However, its precise molecular role in cardiac fibrosis remains unknown. This study aims to investigate the impact of OGN in hypertensive cardiac remodeling. DESIGN AND METHOD: OGN deficient mice and its wildtype (WT) littermates were subjected to either angiotensin II (Ang II) infusion or pressure overload induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Maddison Turner, Larissa Reid, Mercedes Munkonda, Dylan Burger
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes and hypertension are cognate diseases that often coexist, potentiating one's risk for cardiovascular complications. Both diseases are typified by the development of endothelial dysfunction and are accompanied by increased circulating endothelial microparticles (eMPs). Microparticles are small membrane-derived vesicles that are secreted ubiquitously following cell stress. We have previously shown that eMPs are sensitive markers of vascular injury in hypertension and identified eMP-mediated signaling pathways that lead to endothelial injury...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Alberto Avolio
Blood vessels function as conduits for distribution of blood throughout the circulatory system. Large arteries, in addition to the essential conduit function, also serve to dampen the effect of pulsatile ventricular ejection that generates pulsatile pressure with each cardiac cycle; that is, they exhibit a 'cushion' function. The conduit function can be compromised by intimal effects that cause obstruction to flow, generally attributed to plaque formation due to intimal changes affected by atherosclerotic processes...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Maria Lennerås, Georgios Tsikandylakis, Margarita Trobos, Omar Omar, Forugh Vazirisani, Anders Palmquist, Örjan Berlin, Rickard Brånemark, Peter Thomsen
The breach of the skin barrier is a critical issue associated with the treatment of individuals with transfemoral amputation (TFA) using osseointegrated, percutaneous titanium implants. Thirty TFA patients scheduled for abutment exchange or removal were consecutively enrolled. The aims were to determine the macroscopic skin signs, the presence of bacteria and the gene expression in abutment-adherent cells and to conduct correlative and comparative analyses between the different parameters. Redness and a granulation ring were present in 47% of the patients...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Katsuyuki Nobusada
A simple and efficient method to inhibit aggregation of Pt clusters supported on metal-oxide is presented and assessed. This method preserves the accessible clusters surface where catalytic active sites are located and is effective even at relatively high temperatures up to 700K. The key idea is the inclusion of transition metal atoms, such as Ni, into the Pt clusters realizing the anchoring via the formation of strong chemical bonds with oxygen atoms of the metal-oxide support. To elucidate the efficiency of the method, we use first-principles molecular dynamics enhanced with free-energy sampling methods...
October 15, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Chris A Hamilton, Alan R Lemmon, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Jason E Bond
BACKGROUND: Despite considerable effort, progress in spider molecular systematics has lagged behind many other comparable arthropod groups, thereby hindering family-level resolution, classification, and testing of important macroevolutionary hypotheses. Recently, alternative targeted sequence capture techniques have provided molecular systematics a powerful tool for resolving relationships across the Tree of Life. One of these approaches, Anchored Hybrid Enrichment (AHE), is designed to recover hundreds of unique orthologous loci from across the genome, for resolving both shallow and deep-scale evolutionary relationships within non-model systems...
October 13, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Ning Yu, Yaping Liang, Xinxiang Peng, Xuewen Hou
BACKGROUND: ROOT UV-B SENSITIVE (RUS) genes exist in most eukaryotic organisms, and encode proteins that contain a DUF647 (domain of unknown function 647). Although the RUS genes are known to play essential roles in Arabidopsis seedling development, their precise functions are not well understood in other plants, including rice. FINDINGS: In this study, six OsRUS genes were cloned from rice root and leaf cDNA libraries. Our analysis showed that the sequence and open reading frame of cloned OsRUS3 cDNA differs from the predictions reported in the RAP-DB and RGAP databases...
December 2016: Rice
Christoph Partes, Can Yildirim, Swen Schuster, Martin Kind, Jan W Bats, Michael Zharnikov, Andreas Terfort
A series of three homologous arene[2,3-d]-oxazole-2-thiols (benzoxazole-2-thiol (BOxSH), naphthaleneoxazole-2-thiol (NOxSH), and anthraceneoxazoline-2-thiol (AOxSH)) were deposited onto Au(111) to obtain surfaces suitable as injection layers for organic electronics. The guiding idea was that the increasingly extended conjugated system would lower the band gap of the films while the introduction of the annellated heteroaromatic ring would provide the opportunity for pseudo-symmetric attachment of the sulfur anchor, what should lower the conformational freedom of the system...
October 11, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Tongtao Yue, Shixin Li, Yan Xu, Xianren Zhang, Fang Huang
The receptor mediated endocytosis of nanoparticles (NPs) is known to be size and shape dependent but regulated by membrane properties, like tension, rigidity and especially membrane proteins. Compared with transmembrane receptors which directly bind ligands coated on NPs to provide the driving force for passive endocytosis, the hidden role of inner anchored membrane proteins (IAMPs), however, has been grossly neglected. Here, by applying the N-varied dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) techniques, we present the first simulation study on the interplay between wrapping of NPs and clustering of IAMPs...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Matthieu Koepf, Christopher Koenigsmann, Wendu Ding, Arunbah Batra, Christian F A Negre, Latha Venkataraman, Gary W Brudvig, Victor S Batista, Charles A Schmuttenmaer, Robert H Crabtree
The development of molecular components functioning as switches, rectifiers or amplifiers is a great challenge in molecular electronics. A desirable property of such components is functional robustness, meaning that the intrinsic functionality of components must be preserved regardless of the strategy used to integrate them into the final assemblies. Here, this issue is investigated for molecular diodes based on N-phenylbenzamide (NPBA) backbones. The transport properties of molecular junctions derived from NPBA are characterized while varying the nature of the functional groups interfacing the backbone and the gold electrodes required for break-junction measurements...
September 15, 2016: Nanoscale
Lars Ellenrieder, Łukasz Opaliński, Lars Becker, Vivien Krüger, Oliver Mirus, Sebastian P Straub, Katharina Ebell, Nadine Flinner, Sebastian B Stiller, Bernard Guiard, Chris Meisinger, Nils Wiedemann, Enrico Schleiff, Richard Wagner, Nikolaus Pfanner, Thomas Becker
The endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria encounter structure (ERMES) connects the mitochondrial outer membrane with the ER. Multiple functions have been linked to ERMES, including maintenance of mitochondrial morphology, protein assembly and phospholipid homeostasis. Since the mitochondrial distribution and morphology protein Mdm10 is present in both ERMES and the mitochondrial sorting and assembly machinery (SAM), it is unknown how the ERMES functions are connected on a molecular level. Here we report that conserved surface areas on opposite sides of the Mdm10 β-barrel interact with SAM and ERMES, respectively...
October 10, 2016: Nature Communications
Rishi Srivastava, Deepak Bajaj, Yogesh K Sayal, Prabina K Meher, Hari D Upadhyaya, Rajendra Kumar, Shailesh Tripathi, Chellapilla Bharadwaj, Atmakuri R Rao, Swarup K Parida
The discovery and large-scale genotyping of informative gene-based markers is essential for rapid delineation of genes/QTLs governing stress tolerance and yield component traits in order to drive genetic enhancement in chickpea. A genome-wide 119169 and 110491 ISM (intron-spanning markers) from 23129 desi and 20386 kabuli protein-coding genes and 7454 in silico InDel (insertion-deletion) (1-45-bp)-based ILP (intron-length polymorphism) markers from 3283 genes were developed that were structurally and functionally annotated on eight chromosomes and unanchored scaffolds of chickpea...
November 2016: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
Richard J Nichols, Simon J Higgins
It is now possible to reliably measure single molecule conductance in a wide variety of environments including organic liquids, ultrahigh vacuum, water, ionic liquids, and electrolytes. The most commonly used methods deploy scanning probe microscopes, mechanically formed break junctions, or lithographically formed nanogap contacts. Molecules are generally captured between a pair of facing electrodes, and the junction current response is measured as a function of bias voltage. Gating electrodes can also be added so that the electrostatic potential at the molecular bridge can be independently controlled by this third noncontacting electrode...
October 7, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
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