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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532118/facile-synthesis-of-polymeric-fluorescent-organic-nanoparticles-based-on-the-self-polymerization-of-dopamine-for-biological-imaging
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Yingge Shi, Ruming Jiang, Meiying Liu, Lihua Fu, Guangjian Zeng, Qing Wan, Liucheng Mao, Fengjie Deng, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
Polymeric fluorescent organic nanoparticles (polymer-FONs) have raised considerable research attention for biomedical applications owing to their advantages as compared with fluorescent inorganic nanoparticles and small organic molecules. In this study, we presented an efficient, facile and environment-friendly strategy to produce polymer-FONs, which relied on the self-polymerization of dopamine and polyethyleneimine (PEI) in rather mild conditions. To obtain the final polymer-FONs, aldehyde group-containing copolymers (named as poly(UA-co-PEGMA)) were synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization using polyethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) and 1-undecen-10-al (UA) as monomers...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531986/biomimicking-synthesis-of-photoluminescent-molecular-lantern-catalyzed-by-in-situ-formation-of-nanogold-catalysts
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Yong Yu, Xin Ting Zheng, Boon Wei Yee, Yen Nee Tan
Bioluminescence has been widely recognized as a powerful imaging tool for biological investigations. Synthesis of molecular lanterns that mimic bioluminescence in nature is of great interest. Herein we report a synthesis of molecular lantern by utilizing the catalytic properties of ultrasmall (<2nm) gold nanoclusters (AuNC), which is inspired by the enzymatic light-up of luciferin in the biological system. Small molecules such as hydroquinone and Cys-Gly peptides are used to direct the synthesis of AuNC via a biotemplating approach, while the in-situ formation of AuNC simultaneously catalyze the formation of luciferin-like, brightly fluorescent dye (λem=520nm, QY=0...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530833/discovery-of-small-molecules-for-repressing-cap-independent-translation-of-human-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-hvegf-as-novel-anti-tumor-agents
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Shi-Ke Wang, Yue Wu, Xiao-Qin Wang, Guo-Tao Kuang, Qi Zhang, Shu-Ling Lin, Hui-Yun Liu, Jia-Heng Tan, Zhi-Shu Huang, Tian-Miao Ou
Angiogenesis is important in tumorigenesis and tumor progression. Human vascular endothelial growth factor (hVEGF) is an angiogenic growth factor that plays a crucial role in tumor progression. The G-rich region within the 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR) of hVEGF mRNA can form a 'switchable' RNA G-quadruplex structure that is essential for a cap-independent translation initiation. We screened our small-molecule library for binders of this G-tract. One novel quinazoline derivative, compound 1, showed a significant specific interaction with the G-tract and destabilized the G-quadruplex structure...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530804/characterization-of-growth-patterns-of-nanoscale-organic-films-on-carbon-electrodes-by-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#4
Mustafa Supur, Scott R Smith, Richard L McCreery
Electrochemical deposition of aromatic organic molecules by reduction of diazonium reagents enables formation of molecular layers with sufficient integrity for use in molecular electronic junctions of interest to microelectronics. Characterization of organic films with thicknesses in the 1-10 nm range is difficult with Raman spectroscopy, since most molecular structures of electronic interest have Raman cross sections which are too small to observe as either thin films on solid electrodes or within intact molecular junctions...
May 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530797/unexpected-biotransformation-of-the-hdac-inhibitor-vorinostat-yields-aniline-containing-fungal-metabolites
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Donovon A Adpressa, Kayla J Stalheim, Philip Jerome Proteau, Sandra Loesgen
The diversity of genetically encoded small molecules produced by filamentous fungi remains largely unexplored, which makes these fungi an attractive source for the discovery of new compounds. However, accessing their full chemical repertoire under common laboratory culture conditions is a challenge. Epigenetic manipulation of gene expression has become a well-established tool for overcoming this obstacle. Here we report that perturbation of the endophytic ascomycete Chalara sp. 6661, producer of the isofusidienol class of antibiotics, with the HDAC inhibitor vorinostat resulted in the production of four new modified xanthones...
May 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530711/a-combinatorial-screen-of-the-cloud-uncovers-a-synergy-targeting-the-androgen-receptor
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Marco P Licciardello, Anna Ringler, Patrick Markt, Freya Klepsch, Charles-Hugues Lardeau, Sara Sdelci, Erika Schirghuber, André C Müller, Michael Caldera, Anja Wagner, Rebecca Herzog, Thomas Penz, Michael Schuster, Bernd Boidol, Gerhard Dürnberger, Yasin Folkvaljon, Pär Stattin, Vladimir Ivanov, Jacques Colinge, Christoph Bock, Klaus Kratochwill, Jörg Menche, Keiryn L Bennett, Stefan Kubicek
Approved drugs are invaluable tools to study biochemical pathways, and further characterization of these compounds may lead to repurposing of single drugs or combinations. Here we describe a collection of 308 small molecules representing the diversity of structures and molecular targets of all FDA-approved chemical entities. The CeMM Library of Unique Drugs (CLOUD) covers prodrugs and active forms at pharmacologically relevant concentrations and is ideally suited for combinatorial studies. We screened pairwise combinations of CLOUD drugs for impairment of cancer cell viability and discovered a synergistic interaction between flutamide and phenprocoumon (PPC)...
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530404/role-of-crystallization-in-the-morphology-of-polymer-non-fullerene-acceptor-bulk-heterojunctions
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Kathryn A O'Hara, David P Ostrowski, Unsal Koldemir, Christopher J Takacs, Sean E Shaheen, Alan Sellinger, Michael L Chabinyc
Many high efficiency organic photovoltaics use fullerene-based acceptors despite their high production cost, weak optical absorption in the visible range, and limited synthetic variability of electronic and optical properties. To circumvent this deficiency, non-fullerene small-molecule acceptors have been developed that have good synthetic flexibility, allowing for precise tuning of optoelectronic properties, leading to enhanced absorption of the solar spectrum and increased open-circuit voltages (VOC). We examined the detailed morphology of bulk heterojunctions of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and the small-molecule acceptor HPI-BT to reveal structural changes that lead to improvements in the fill factor of solar cells upon thermal annealing...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530248/single-molecule-detection-of-dihydroazulene-photo-thermal-reaction-using-break-junction-technique
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Cancan Huang, Martyn Jevric, Anders Borges, Stine T Olsen, Joseph M Hamill, Jue-Ting Zheng, Yang Yang, Alexander Rudnev, Masoud Baghernejad, Peter Broekmann, Anne Ugleholdt Petersen, Thomas Wandlowski, Kurt V Mikkelsen, Gemma C Solomon, Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Wenjing Hong
Charge transport by tunnelling is one of the most ubiquitous elementary processes in nature. Small structural changes in a molecular junction can lead to significant difference in the single-molecule electronic properties, offering a tremendous opportunity to examine a reaction on the single-molecule scale by monitoring the conductance changes. Here, we explore the potential of the single-molecule break junction technique in the detection of photo-thermal reaction processes of a photochromic dihydroazulene/vinylheptafulvene system...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529713/gap-junction-structure-unraveled-but-not-fully-revealed
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REVIEW
Eric C Beyer, Viviana M Berthoud
Gap junction channels facilitate the intercellular exchange of ions and small molecules, a process that is critical for the function of many different kinds of cells and tissues. Recent crystal structures of channels formed by one connexin isoform (connexin26) have been determined, and they have been subjected to molecular modeling. These studies have provided high-resolution models to gain insights into the mechanisms of channel conductance, molecular permeability, and gating. The models share similarities, but there are some differences in the conclusions reached by these studies...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528671/voltage-gated-sodium-channel-pharmacology-insights-from-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Rong Chen, Amanda Buyan, Ben Corry
Voltage-gated ion channels are the target of a range of naturally occurring toxins and therapeutic drugs. There is a great interest in better understanding how these diverse compounds alter channel function in order to design the next generation of therapeutics that can selectively target one of the channel subtypes found in the body. Since the publication of a number of bacterial sodium channel structures, molecular dynamics simulations have been invaluable in gaining a high resolution understanding where many of these small molecules and toxins bind to the channels, how they find their binding site, and how they can selectively bind to one channel subtype over another...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528635/relocation-is-the-key-to-successful-correlative-fluorescence-and-scanning-electron-microscopy
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Delfine Cheng, Gerald Shami, Marco Morsch, Minh Huynh, Patrick Trimby, Filip Braet
In this chapter the authors report on an automated hardware and software solution enabling swift correlative sample array mapping of fluorescently stained molecules within cells and tissues across length scales. Samples are first observed utilizing wide-field optical and fluorescence microscopy, followed by scanning electron microscopy, using calibration points on a dedicated sample-relocation holder. We investigated HeLa cells in vitro, fluorescently labeled for monosialoganglioside one (GM-1), across both imaging platforms within tens of minutes of initial sample preparation...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528205/heterotrimeric-complex-of-p38-mapk-pkc%C3%AE-and-tirap-is-required-for-ap1-mediated-inflammatory-response
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Mirza S Baig, Dongfang Liu, Kannan Muthu, Anjali Roy, Uzma Saqib, Adnan Naim, Syed M Faisal, Mansi Srivastava, Rohit Saluja
Inflammation could be described as a physiological response of the body to tissue injury, pathogen invasion, and irritants. During the inflammatory phase, cells of both the innate as well as adaptive immune system are activated and recruited to the site of inflammation. These mediators are downstream targets for the transcription factors; activator protein-1 (AP1), nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer (NF-κB), signal transducers and activators of transcription factors (STAT1), as well as interferon regulatory factors (IRFs), which control the expression of most immunomodulatory genes...
May 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527527/small-scale-separation-of-isoxazole-structurally-related-analogues-by-chiral-supercritical-fluid-chromatography
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Yasmine Zehani, Lucas Lemaire, Regis Millet, Emmanuelle Lipka
Chromatographic preparative enantioseparation is now the preferred method to obtain milligram amounts of pure enantiomers in the first step of the development of a therapeutic molecule. Supercritical fluid chromatography has many advantages over liquid chromatography and was therefore chosen for the small scale enantioseparation of four original 3-carboxamido-5-aryl isoxazole molecules, ligands of the CB2 cannabinoid receptors. The preparation of about 10mg of each of the eight enantiomers was achieved successfully on a Chiralpak(®) AD-H (tris-3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate of amylose) polysaccharide based stationary phase with various percentages of ethanol as a co-solvent, through mixed-stream injections and touching-band approach...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527520/recent-advances-in-smart-biotechnology-hydrogels-and-nanocarriers-for-tailored-bioactive-molecules-depot
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REVIEW
Gesmi Milcovich, Stefania Lettieri, Filipe E Antunes, Bruno Medronho, Ana C Fonseca, Jorge F J Coelho, Paolo Marizza, Francesca Perrone, Rossella Farra, Barbara Dapas, Gabriele Grassi, Mario Grassi, Silvia Giordani
Over the past ten years, the global biopharmaceutical market has remarkably grown, with ten over the top twenty worldwide high performance medical treatment sales being biologics. Thus, biotech R&D (research and development) sector is becoming a key leading branch, with expanding revenues. Biotechnology offers considerable advantages compared to traditional therapeutic approaches, such as reducing side effects, specific treatments, higher patient compliance and therefore more effective treatments leading to lower healthcare costs...
May 9, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527446/single-molecule-spin-orientation-control-by-an-electric-field
#15
Yachao Zhang
We report the effects of an electric field E on the spin orientations of nickelocene (Nc) deposited on the Cu surfaces by means of first-principles calculations. We employ the Hubbard-U corrected van der Waals density functional to take into account the strong correlation effects of the localized 3d electrons and the non-covalent binding involved in the molecule-surface coupling. We show that the deposited Nc molecule can switch between in-plane (in small E-field) and perpendicular magnetization (in large E-field)...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526237/small-molecule-inhibition-of-wnt-signaling-abrogates-dexamethasone-induced-phenotype-of-primary-human-trabecular-meshwork-cells
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Sarah D Ahadome, Chi Zhang, Elizabeth Tannous, James Shen, Jie J Zheng
Trabecular meshwork (TM) cells are the governing regulators of the TM structure. When the functionality of these cells is impaired, the structure of the TM is perturbed, which often results in increased ocular hypertension. High intraocular pressure is the most significant risk factor for steroid-induced glaucoma. Dexamethasone (Dex) induced phenotype of TM cells is widely utilized as a model system to gain insight into mechanisms underlying damaged TM in glaucoma. In this study, to assess the possible role of the abnormal Wnt signaling in steroid-induced glaucoma, we analyzed the effects of small-molecule Wnt signaling modulators on Dex-induced expression extracellular matrix proteins of primary human TM cells...
May 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525842/indole-coumarin-thiadiazole-hybrids-an-appraisal-of-their-mcf-7%C3%A2-cell-growth-inhibition-apoptotic-antimetastatic-and-computational-bcl-2-binding-potential
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Pooja R Kamath, Dhanya Sunil, Manu M Joseph, Abdul Ajees Abdul Salam, Sreelekha T T
Cancer therapeutic potential of thiadiazole hybrids incorporating pharmacologically active indole and coumarin moieties have not been explored much. In the current investigation, three new thiadiazole hybrids with spacers of varying lengths linking indole and thiadiazole units were synthesized and their structures were well-established using various spectroscopic techniques. 3-(1-(5-(3-(1H-indol-3-yl)propyl)-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-ylimino)ethyl)-6-bromo-2H-chromen-2-one (IPTBC) exhibited dose-dependent cytotoxicity in breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7) cells...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525268/rational-design-of-novel-allosteric-dihydrofolate-reductase-inhibitors-showing-antibacterial-effects-on-drug-resistant-e-coli-escape-variants
#18
Bharath Srinivasan, João V Rodrigues, Sam Tonddast-Navaei, Eugene Shakhnovich, Jeffrey Skolnick
In drug-discovery, systematic variations of substituents on a common scaffold and bioisosteric replacements are often used to generate diversity and obtain molecules with better biological effects. However, this could saturate the small-molecule diversity pool resulting in drug-resistance. On the other hand, conventional drug-discovery relies on targeting known pockets on protein surfaces leading to drug resistance by mutations of critical pocket residues. Here, we present a two-pronged strategy of designing novel drugs that target unique pockets on a protein's surface to overcome the above problems...
May 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524652/optical-characteristics-and-tumor-imaging-capabilities-of-near-infrared-dyes-in-free-and-nano-encapsulated-formulations-comprised-of-viral-capsids
#19
Yadir Guerrero, Sheela Singh, Turong Mai, Ravoori Murali, Leela Tanikella, Atta Zahedi, Vikas Kundra, Bahman Anvari
Near infrared (NIR) fluorescent molecules and nano-sized structures can serve as potential optical probes for image-guided removal of small tumor nodules (≈ < 1 mm diameter). While indocyanine green (ICG) remains as the only FDA-approved NIR dye, other organic dyes are under extensive development for enhanced imaging capabilities. One such dye is BrCy106-NHS where bromine is substituted for aromatic structures in cyanine dyes. Herein, we investigate the absorption and fluorescence characteristics of ICG and BrCy106-NHS, and quantitatively assess their tumor imaging capabilities in free (non-encapsulated) and a nano-encapsulated form that utilizes the capsid protein (CP) from genome-depleted plant-infecting brome mosaic virus as the encapsulating shell...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524556/the-larmor-frequency-shift-in-magnetically-heterogeneous-media-depends-on-their-mesoscopic-structure
#20
Alexander Ruh, Harald Scherer, Valerij G Kiselev
PURPOSE: Recent studies have addressed the determination of the NMR precession frequency in biological tissues containing magnetic susceptibility differences between cell types. The purpose of this study is to investigate the dependence of the precession frequency on medium microstructure using a simple physical model. THEORY: This dependence is governed by diffusion of NMR-visible molecules in magnetically heterogeneous microenvironments. In the limit of fast diffusion, the precession frequency is determined by the average susceptibility-induced magnetic field, whereas in the limit of slow diffusion it is determined by the average local phase factor of precessing spins...
May 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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