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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911484/platinum-complex-assemblies-as-luminescent-probes-and-tags-for-drugs-and-toxins-in-water
#1
Stephan Sinn, Frank Biedermann, Luisa De Cola
A reactive phosphorescent probe for aza-heterocyclic drugs and toxins was developed, affording a supramolecular emission-switch-on chemosensor in water. Complex formation of the heterocycles with a platinum(II) precursor proceeds readily at ambient conditions, allowing for facile analyte screening. 52 structurally diverse compounds were tested, out of which 23 pyridines, imidazole, and triazoles formed strongly emissive complex aggregates. Importantly, they all can be clearly distinguished from each other through a principal component analysis, but often already by simple visual inspection, e...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911441/sirt1-protects-the-heart-from-er-stress-induced-cell-death-through-eif2%C3%AE-deacetylation
#2
Alexandre Prola, Julie Pires Da Silva, Arnaud Guilbert, Lola Lecru, Jérôme Piquereau, Maxance Ribeiro, Philippe Mateo, Mélanie Gressette, Dominique Fortin, Céline Boursier, Cindy Gallerne, Anaïs Caillard, Jane-Lise Samuel, Hélène François, David A Sinclair, Pierre Eid, Renée Ventura-Clapier, Anne Garnier, Christophe Lemaire
Over the past decade, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has emerged as an important mechanism involved in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases including heart failure. Cardiac therapy based on ER stress modulation is viewed as a promising avenue toward effective therapies for the diseased heart. Here, we tested whether sirtuin-1 (SIRT1), a NAD(+)-dependent deacetylase, participates in modulating ER stress response in the heart. Using cardiomyocytes and adult-inducible SIRT1 knockout mice, we demonstrate that SIRT1 inhibition or deficiency increases ER stress-induced cardiac injury, whereas activation of SIRT1 by the SIRT1-activating compound STAC-3 is protective...
December 2, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911440/the-prey-s-scent-volatile-organic-compound-mediated-interactions-between-soil-bacteria-and-their-protist-predators
#3
Kristin Schulz-Bohm, Stefan Geisen, E R Jasper Wubs, Chunxu Song, Wietse de Boer, Paolina Garbeva
Protists are major predators of bacteria in soils. However, it remains unknown how protists sense their prey in this highly complex environment. Here, we investigated whether volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of six phylogenetic distinct soil bacteria affect the performance of three different soil protists and how that relates to direct feeding interactions. We observed that most bacteria affected protist activity by VOCs. However, the response of protists to the VOCs was strongly dependent on both the bacterial and protist interacting partner...
December 2, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911432/-eye-lid-hygiene-in-chronic-allergic-blepharoconjunctivitis-patients-before-laser-refractive-surgery
#4
S V Yanchenko, A V Malyshev, S N Sakhnov, N V Fedotova, O Yu Orekhova
AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of eyelid hygiene in patients with chronic allergic blepharoconjunctivitis (ABC) as a part of their preparation for laser refractive surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 32 patients (12 males and 20 females aged 25-42 years) with refractive errors, namely, compound myopic astigmatism (23 patients) and hyperopic astigmatism (9 patients) suffering from chronic ABC and secondary dry eye syndrome (DES). All the patients initially received a standard treatment for ABC and DES, that is olopatodin hydrochloride instillations - 1 mg/ml 2 times daily, preservative-free hyaluronic acid preparation - 1 mg/ml 3 times daily, and polyacrylic acid and dexpanthenol gel at night for one month...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911415/extraction-of-plant-based-capsules-for-microencapsulation-applications
#5
Michael G Potroz, Raghavendra C Mundargi, Jae Hyeon Park, Ee-Lin Tan, Nam-Joon Cho
Microcapsules derived from plant-based spores or pollen provide a robust platform for a diverse range of microencapsulation applications. Sporopollenin exine capsules (SECs) are obtained when spores or pollen are processed so as to remove the internal sporoplasmic contents. The resulting hollow microcapsules exhibit a high degree of micromeritic uniformity and retain intricate microstructural features related to the particular plant species. Herein, we demonstrate a streamlined process for the production of SECs from Lycopodium clavatum spores and for the loading of hydrophilic compounds into these SECs...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911411/preparation-and-in-vivo-use-of-an-activity-based-probe-for-n-acylethanolamine-acid-amidase
#6
Elisa Romeo, Silvia Pontis, Stefano Ponzano, Fabiola Bonezzi, Marco Migliore, Simona Di Martino, Maria Summa, Daniele Piomelli
Activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) is a method for the identification of an enzyme of interest in a complex proteome through the use of a chemical probe that targets the enzyme's active sites. A reporter tag introduced into the probe allows for the detection of the labeled enzyme by in-gel fluorescence scanning, protein blot, fluorescence microscopy, or liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Here, we describe the preparation and use of the compound ARN14686, a click chemistry activity-based probe (CC-ABP) that selectively recognizes the enzyme N-acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911403/preparation-and-reactivity-of-a-triphosphenium-bromide-salt-a-convenient-and-stable-source-of-phosphorus-i
#7
Stephanie C Kosnik, Justin F Binder, Maxemilian C Nascimento, Charles L B Macdonald
We present herein the optimized synthesis of a triphosphenium bromide salt. Apart from being a versatile metathesis reagent, this unusually stable low-valent-phosphorus-containing compound acts as a useful P(+) transfer agent. Unlike traditional methods employed to access low-coordinate phosphorus species which usually require pyrophoric phosphorus-containing precursors (white phosphorus, Tris(trimethylsilyl)phosphine, etc.), or harsh reducing agents (alkali metals, potassium graphite, etc.), the current approach does not involve pyrophoric or explosive reagents and can be done on large scales (>20 g) in excellent yields by undergraduates with basic air-free synthetic training...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911402/utilizing-the-ethylene-releasing-compound-2-chloroethylphosphonic-acid-as-a-tool-to-study-ethylene-response-in-bacteria
#8
Richard V Augimeri, Andrew J Varley, Janice L Strap
Ethylene (C2H4) is a gaseous phytohormone that is involved in numerous aspects of plant development, playing a dominant role in senescence and fruit ripening. Exogenous ethylene applied during early plant development triggers the triple response phenotype; a shorter and thicker hypocotyl with an exaggerated apical hook. Despite the intimate relationship between plants and bacteria, the effect of exogenous ethylene on bacteria has been greatly overlooked. This is partly due to the difficulty of controlling gaseous ethylene within the laboratory without specialized equipment...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911380/method-for-identifying-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-the-protein-protein-interaction-between-hcn1-and-trip8b
#9
Ye Han, Kyle A Lyman, Matt Clutter, Gary E Schiltz, Quratul-Ain Ismail, Xiangying Cheng, Chi-Hao Luan, Dane M Chetkovich
Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels are expressed ubiquitously throughout the brain, where they function to regulate the excitability of neurons. The subcellular distribution of these channels in pyramidal neurons of hippocampal area CA1 is regulated by tetratricopeptide repeat-containing Rab8b interacting protein (TRIP8b), an auxiliary subunit. Genetic knockout of HCN pore forming subunits or TRIP8b, both lead to an increase in antidepressant-like behavior, suggesting that limiting the function of HCN channels may be useful as a treatment for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911337/effect-of-the-butyrate-prodrug-pivaloyloxymethyl-butyrate-an9-on-a-mouse-model-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#10
Jonathan D Edwards, Matthew E R Butchbach
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an early-onset motor neuron disease that leads to loss of muscle function. Butyrate (BA)-based compounds markedly improve the survival and motor phenotype of SMA mice. In this study, we examine the protective effects of the BA prodrug pivaloyloxymethyl butyrate (AN9) on the survival of SMNΔ7 SMA mice. Oral administration of AN9 beginning at PND04 almost doubled the average lifespan of SMNΔ7 SMA mice. AN9 treatment also increased the growth rate of SMNΔ7 SMA mice when compared to vehicle-treated SMNΔ7 SMA mice...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911336/decreased-aerobic-capacity-in%C3%A2-ano5-muscular-dystrophy
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Emil Ylikallio, Mari Auranen, Ibrahim Mahjneh, Antti Lamminen, Maria Kousi, Ann-Liz Träskelin, Tiina Muurinen, Mervi Löfberg, Tapani Salmi, Anders Paetau, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Päivi Piirilä, Sari Kiuru-Enari
BACKGROUND: Anoctaminopathies are muscle diseases caused by recessive mutations in the ANO5 gene. The effects of anoctaminopathy on oxidative capacity have not previously been studied in a controlled setting. OBJECTIVE: To characterize oxidative capacity in a clinically and genetically well-defined series of patients with anoctaminopathy. METHODS: We sequenced the ANO5 gene in 111 Finnish patients with suspected LGMD2. Patients with positive findings underwent close clinical examination, including electromyography, muscle MRI, and, in selected cases, muscle biopsy...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911291/a-metal-free-method-for-producing-mri-contrast-at-amyloid-%C3%AE
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Silvia Hilt, Tang Tang, Jeffrey H Walton, Madhu Budamagunta, Izumi Maezawa, Tamás Kálai, Kálmán Hideg, Vikrant Singh, Heike Wulff, Qizhi Gong, Lee-Way Jin, Angelique Louie, John C Voss
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by depositions of the amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide in the brain. The disease process develops over decades, with substantial neurological loss occurring before a clinical diagnosis of dementia can be rendered. It is therefore imperative to develop methods that permit early detection and monitoring of disease progression. In addition, the multifactorial pathogenesis of AD has identified several potential avenues for AD intervention. Thus, evaluation of therapeutic candidates over lengthy trial periods also demands a practical, noninvasive method for measuring Aβ in the brain...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911141/mindfulness-based-intervention-for-perinatal-grief-in-rural-india-improved-mental-health-at-12%C3%A2-months-follow-up
#13
Lisa R Roberts, Susanne B Montgomery
Stillbirth is a significant global health problem that frequently results in perinatal grief with compound negative psychosocial impact. In low-resource settings with exceedingly high stillbirth rates, such as rural Chhattisgarh, India, it is vital to utilize low-cost, effective interventions. Mindfulness-based stress reduction is an evidence-based intervention utilized for a broad range of physical and mental health problems, and is adaptable to specific populations. The objective of this study was to explore the sustained effectiveness of a shortened, culturally adapted mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) designed to address complex grief after stillbirth...
December 2, 2016: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911045/anti-cancer-potential-of-ionic-liquids
#14
Ana Rita Dias, João Costa-Rodrigues, Maria Helena Fernandes, Ricardo Ferraz, Cristina Prudêncio
Nowadays, many of the challenges that pharmaceutical industry faces impose the need to innovative and effective therapies. The investigation of alternative and effective therapies at the level of cancer is an actual goal of pharmaceutical industry. Ionic Liquids (ILs) appear recently as potential target of study by pharmaceutical industry on search of new therapeutic agents. They are, by definition, organic salts with melting point below 100°C only composed by ions. Their man advantage, is the numerous combinations made between the cation and the anion, which allow adjustments in their physicochemical properties...
December 2, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911043/a-cyclic-alkyl-amino-carbene-as-two-atom-%C3%AF-chromophore-leading-to-the-first-phosphorescent-linear-cu-i-complexes
#15
Markus Gernert, Ulrich Müller, Martin Haehnel, Jens Pflaum, Andreas Steffen
A series of linear and trigonal copper(I) complexes bearing a cyclic alkyl(amino)carbene (CAAC) ligand show surprising photophysical properties when compared to their corresponding N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) complexes. Whereas the linear NHC complexes [CuX(NHC)] are nearly non-emissive, [CuX(CAAC)] (X = Cl, Br, I) and [Cu(CAAC)2]PF6 show very bright emission from their triplet excited states in the blue to green region displaying quantum yields of up to 65% in the solid state, although the π-acceptor comprises only the carbene C and N atoms with no other π conjugation...
December 2, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911042/orderly-layered-zr-benzylphosphonate-nanohybrids-for-efficient-acid-base-mediated-bifunctional-cascade-catalysis
#16
Hu Li, Zhen Fang, Jian He, Song Yang
The development of functional metal-organic materials being robust and active for bifunctional/cascade catalysis is of great significance. Herein, a series of mesoporous and orderly layered nanohybrids were synthesized for the first time via simple and template-free assembly of ortho-, meta-, or para-xylylenediphosphonates (o-, p-, or m-PhP) with zirconium. It was found that m-PhPZr nanoparticles (20-50 nm) with mesopores centered at 7.9 nm and high Lewis acid/base site ratio (1:0.7) showed prominent performance under mild conditions (as low as 82 ºC) in transfer hydrogenation of carbonyl compounds including bio-aldehydes to alcohols with near quantative yields and little Zr leaching...
December 2, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911011/fragment-based-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-1-substituted-indole-2-carboxylic-acids-as-selective-mcl-1-inhibitors
#17
Ziqian Wang, Wenjie Xu, Ting Song, Zongwei Guo, Lu Liu, Yudan Fan, Anhui Wang, Zhichao Zhang
Based on a known selective Mcl-1 inhibitor, 6-chloro-3-(3-(4-chloro-3,5-dimethylphenoxy)propyl)-1H-indole-2-carboxylic acid, we applied a fragment-based approach to obtain new molecules that extended into the p1 pocket of the BH3 groove and then exhibited binding selectivity for the Mcl-1 over the Bcl-2 protein. After we deconstructed the 1H-indole-2-carboxylic acid from the parental molecule, a benzenesulfonyl was substituted at the 1-position to adopt a geometry preferred for accessing the p1 pocket according to the binding mode of the parental molecule identified by X-ray crystallography...
December 2, 2016: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910980/carbonylation-as-a-novel-method-for-the-assembly-of-pyrazine-based-oligoamide-alpha-helix-mimetics
#18
Seger Van Mileghem, Brecht Egle, Philippe Gilles, Cedrick Veryser, Luc Van Meervelt, Wim M De Borggraeve
The design and synthesis of oligoamide α-helix peptidomimetics is reported. The oligoamide type systems are prepared in a modular fashion by coupling the monomers using palladium-catalyzed carbonylation chemistry. This enabled us to use substrates with a low nucleophilicity, leading to previously unreported pyrazine based oligoamide α-helix mimetics. The proof of principle is given by synthesizing a small set of compounds. Various end-capping groups were introduced and also a mixed multimer was successfully prepared...
December 2, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910977/acylboranes-synthetic-strategies-and-applications
#19
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Florian Korbinian Scharnagl, Shubhankar Kumar Bose, Todd B Marder
An overview of the synthesis and chemistry of acylborane compounds is presented. Acylboranes are a rare class of boron compounds, previously proposed as intermediates in several transformations and considered to be difficult to prepare. Methodologies for the preparation of acylborane compounds are based on both electrophilic and nucleophilic sources of boron. The former methods include addition of electrophilic boron reagents to acyl-anion equivalents, while the latter methods are based on boryl anion reagents which are trapped by electrophiles, such as aldehydes, diethyl carbonate and ethyl acetate...
December 2, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910956/spin-crossover-materials-towards-microwave-radiation-switches
#20
Olesia I Kucheriv, Viktor V Oliynyk, Volodymyr V Zagorodnii, Vilen L Launets, Il'ya A Gural'skiy
Microwave electromagnetic radiation that ranges from one meter to one millimetre wavelengths is finding numerous applications for wireless communication, navigation and detection, which makes materials able to tune microwave radiation getting widespread interest. Here we offer a new way to tune GHz frequency radiation by using spin-crossover complexes that are known to change their various physical properties under the influence of diverse external stimuli. As a result of electronic re-configuration process, microwave absorption properties differ for high spin and low spin forms of the complex...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
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