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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29599720/ethnopharmacology-a-bibliometric-analysis-of-a-field-of-research-meandering-between-medicine-and-food-science
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Andy Wai Kan Yeung, Michael Heinrich, Atanas G Atanasov
Background: The research into bioactive natural products of medicinal plants has a long tradition, but ethnopharmacology as a well-defined field of research has a relatively short history, only dating back 50 years. Aims: With the fast development of this field and its global importance especially in the fast developing economies of Asia it is timely to assess the most influential articles (as measured by citations) and to identify important drivers and research trends in this field. Methods: Scopus was searched to identify relevant articles which were assessed by all three authors...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29589973/engineered-ribosomes-for-basic-science-and-synthetic-biology
#2
Anne E d'Aquino, Do Soon Kim, Michael C Jewett
The ribosome is the cell's factory for protein synthesis. With protein synthesis rates of up to 20 amino acids per second and at an accuracy of 99.99%, the extraordinary catalytic capacity of the bacterial translation machinery has attracted extensive efforts to engineer, reconstruct, and repurpose it for biochemical studies and novel functions. Despite these efforts, the potential for harnessing the translation apparatus to manufacture bio-based products beyond natural limits remains underexploited, and fundamental constraints on the chemistry that the ribosome's RNA-based active site can carry out are unknown...
March 28, 2018: Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29553798/voltammetric-perspectives-on-the-acidity-scale-and-h-h-2-process-in-ionic-liquid-media
#3
Cameron L Bentley, Alan M Bond, Jie Zhang
Nonhaloaluminate ionic liquids (ILs) have received considerable attention as alternatives to molecular solvents in diverse applications spanning the fields of physical, chemical, and biological science. One important and often overlooked aspect of the implementation of these designer solvents is how the properties of the IL formulation affect (electro)chemical reactivity. This aspect is emphasized herein, where recent (voltammetric) studies on the energetics of proton (H+ ) transfer and electrode reaction mechanisms of the H+ H2 process in IL media are highlighted and discussed...
March 19, 2018: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490207/addressing-the-challenge-of-molecular-change-an-interim-report
#4
Raphael D Levine
Invited by the editorial committee of the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry to "contribute my autobiography," I present it here, as I understand the term. It is about my parents, my mentors, my coworkers, and my friends in learning and the scientific problems that we tried to address. Courtesy of the editorial assistance of Annual Reviews, some of the science is in the figure captions and sidebars. I am by no means done: I am currently trying to fuse the quantitative rigor of physical chemistry with systems biology while also dealing with a post-Born-Oppenheimer regime in electronic dynamics and am trying to instruct molecules to perform advanced logic...
February 28, 2018: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490203/membrane-mediated-cooperativity-of-proteins
#5
Thomas R Weikl
Besides direct protein-protein interactions, indirect interactions mediated by membranes play an important role for the assembly and cooperative function of proteins in membrane shaping and adhesion. The intricate shapes of biological membranes are generated by proteins that locally induce membrane curvature. Indirect curvature-mediated interactions between these proteins arise because the proteins jointly affect the bending energy of the membranes. These curvature-mediated interactions are attractive for crescent-shaped proteins and are a driving force in the assembly of the proteins during membrane tubulation...
February 28, 2018: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490201/computational-photophysics-in-the-presence-of-an-environment
#6
Juan J Nogueira, Leticia González
Most processes triggered by ultraviolet (UV) or visible (vis) light in nature take place in complex biological environments. The first step in these photophysical events is the excitation of the absorbing system or chromophore to an electronically excited state. Such an excitation can be monitored by the UV-vis absorption spectrum. A precise calculation of the UV-vis spectrum of a chromophore embedded in an environment is a challenging task that requires the consideration of several ingredients, besides an accurate electronic-structure method for the excited states...
February 28, 2018: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490188/dna-nanotechnology-enabled-interfacial-engineering-for-biosensor-development
#7
Dekai Ye, Xiaolei Zuo, Chunhai Fan
Biosensors represent biomimetic analytical tools for addressing increasing needs in medical diagnosis, environmental monitoring, security, and biodefense. Nevertheless, widespread real-world applications of biosensors remain challenging due to limitations of performance, including sensitivity, specificity, speed, and reproducibility. In this review, we present a DNA nanotechnology-enabled interfacial engineering approach for improving the performance of biosensors. We first introduce the main challenges of the biosensing interfaces, especially under the context of controlling the DNA interfacial assembly...
February 28, 2018: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29401039/graph-theory-and-ion-and-molecular-aggregation-in-aqueous-solutions
#8
Jun-Ho Choi, Hochan Lee, Hyung Ran Choi, Minhaeng Cho
In molecular and cellular biology, dissolved ions and molecules have decisive effects on chemical and biological reactions, conformational stabilities, and functions of small to large biomolecules. Despite major efforts, the current state of understanding of the effects of specific ions, osmolytes, and bioprotecting sugars on the structure and dynamics of water H-bonding networks and proteins is not yet satisfactory. Recently, to gain deeper insight into this subject, we studied various aggregation processes of ions and molecules in high-concentration salt, osmolyte, and sugar solutions with time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulation methods...
January 31, 2018: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328784/dna-encoded-chemical-libraries-a-selection-system-based-on-endowing-organic-compounds-with-amplifiable-information
#9
Dario Neri, Richard A Lerner
The discovery of organic ligands that bind specifically to proteins is a central problem in chemistry, biology, and the biomedical sciences. The encoding of individual organic molecules with distinctive DNA tags, serving as amplifiable identification bar codes, allows the construction and screening of combinatorial libraries of unprecedented size, thus facilitating the discovery of ligands to many different protein targets. Fundamentally, one links powers of genetics and chemical synthesis. After the initial description of DNA-encoded chemical libraries in 1992, several experimental embodiments of the technology have been reduced to practice...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322390/authentication-of-synthetic-environmental-contaminants-and-their-bio-transformation-products-in-toxicology-polychlorinated-biphenyls-as-an-example
#10
Xueshu Li, Erika B Holland, Wei Feng, Jing Zheng, Yao Dong, Isaac N Pessah, Michael W Duffel, Larry W Robertson, Hans-Joachim Lehmler
Toxicological studies use "specialty chemicals" and, thus, should assess and report both identity and degree of purity (homogeneity) of the chemicals (or toxicants) under investigation to ensure that other scientists can replicate experimental results. Although detailed reporting criteria for the synthesis and characterization of organic compounds have been established by organic chemistry journals, such criteria are inconsistently applied to the chemicals used in toxicological studies. Biologically active trace impurities may lead to incorrect conclusions about the chemical entity responsible for a biological response, which in turn may confound risk assessment...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186043/trend-in-h%C3%A2-s-biology-and-medicine-research-a-bibliometric-analysis
#11
REVIEW
Guangdong Yang, Lingyun Wu
The biological and medical importance of hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) has been recognized for decades. The aim of this bibliometric study is to analyze the quantity and quality of publications in H₂S biology and medicine (H₂SBM) based on the databases of Web of Science and Google Scholar. A total of 5881 publications published between 1990 and 2016 were analyzed. The number of H₂SBM papers published before 2004 was below 100 annually, but thereafter this number rapidly increased and peaked in 2015 with more than 7-fold increase...
November 29, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153172/a-100-year-review-metabolic-health-indicators-and-management-of-dairy-cattle
#12
T R Overton, J A A McArt, D V Nydam
Our aim in this Journal of Dairy Science centennial review is to describe the evolution of focus on metabolic indicators, from discovery and description to evaluation at the individual cow and subsequently herd levels, over the past 100 yr. Furthermore, we discuss current and future technologies that will be used in the dairy industry to utilize these indicators widely going forward. Knowledge of chemical changes in various fluids (e.g., blood, urine, and milk) accompanying numerous metabolic disease states in the dairy cow has existed since almost the beginning of the Journal of Dairy Science 100 yr ago...
December 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144774/strategies-for-enhanced-crop-resistance-to-insect-pests
#13
Angela E Douglas
Insect pests are responsible for substantial crop losses worldwide through direct damage and transmission of plant diseases, and novel approaches that complement or replace broad-spectrum chemical insecticides will facilitate the sustainable intensification of food production in the coming decades. Multiple strategies for improved crop resistance to insect pests, especially strategies relating to plant secondary metabolism and immunity and microbiome science, are becoming available. Recent advances in metabolic engineering of plant secondary chemistry offer the promise of specific toxicity or deterrence to insect pests; improved understanding of plant immunity against insects provides routes to optimize plant defenses against insects; and the microbiomes of insect pests can be exploited, either as a target or as a vehicle for delivery of insecticidal agents...
November 16, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099063/international-journal-of-molecular-science-2017-best-paper-award
#14
EDITORIAL
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The Editors of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences have established the Best Paper Award to recognize the most outstanding articles published in the areas of molecular biology, molecular physics and chemistry that have been published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. The prizes have been awarded annually since 2012 [...].
November 2, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089599/microbial-metabolites-and-derivatives-targeted-at-inflammation-and-bone-diseases-therapy-chemistry-biological-activity-and-pharmacology
#15
REVIEW
Hayamitsu Adachi, Koichi Nakae, Shuichi Sakamoto, Chisato Nosaka, Sonoko Atsumi, Masabumi Shibuya, Nobuaki Higashi, Motowo Nakajima, Tatsuro Irimura, Yoshio Nishimura
Microbial metabolites have attracted increasing interest as a source of therapeutics and as probes for biological mechanisms. New microbial metabolites and derivatives targeted at inflammation and bone disease therapy have been identified by focusing on prostaglandin release, osteoblast differentiation and immune cell functions. These modulators of inflammatory processes and bone disease contribute to our understanding of biological mechanisms and support identification of the therapeutic potential of drug lead candidates...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028156/genetic-background-effects-in-neuroligin-3-mutant-mice-minimal-behavioral-abnormalities-on-c57-background
#16
Thomas C Jaramillo, Christine Ochoa Escamilla, Shunan Liu, Lauren Peca, Shari G Birnbaum, Craig M Powell
Neuroligin-3 (NLGN3) is a postsynaptic cell adhesion protein that interacts with presynaptic ligands including neurexin-1 (NRXN1) [Ichtchenko et al., Journal of Biological Chemistry, 271, 2676-2682, 1996]. Mice harboring a mutation in the NLGN3 gene (NL3R451C) mimicking a mutation found in two brothers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were previously generated and behaviorally phenotyped for autism-related behaviors. In these NL3R451C mice generated and tested on a hybrid C57BL6J/129S2/SvPasCrl background, we observed enhanced spatial memory and reduced social interaction [Tabuchi et al...
February 2018: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804757/one-aptamer-two-functions-the-full-length-aptamer-inhibits-ampa-receptors-while-the-short-one-inhibits-both-ampa-and-kainate-receptors
#17
William J Jaremko, Zhen Huang, Wei Wen, Andrew Wu, Nicholas Karl, Li Niu
AMPA and kainate receptors, along with NMDA receptors, are distinct subtypes of glutamate ion channels. Excessive activity of AMPA and kainate receptors has been implicated in neurological diseases, such as epilepsy and neuropathic pain. Antagonists that block their activities are therefore potential drug candidates. In a recent article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry by Jaremko et al. 2017, we have reported on the discovery and molecular characterization of an RNA aptamer of a dual functionality: the full-length RNA (101 nucleotide) inhibits AMPA receptors while the truncated or the short (55 nucleotide) RNA inhibits both the AMPA and kainate receptors...
2017: RNA & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753208/ice-nucleation-active-bacteria-in-precipitation-are-genetically-diverse-and-nucleate-ice-by-employing-different-mechanisms
#18
K C Failor, D G Schmale, B A Vinatzer, C L Monteil
A growing body of circumstantial evidence suggests that ice nucleation active (Ice+ ) bacteria contribute to the initiation of precipitation by heterologous freezing of super-cooled water in clouds. However, little is known about the concentration of Ice+ bacteria in precipitation, their genetic and phenotypic diversity, and their relationship to air mass trajectories and precipitation chemistry. In this study, 23 precipitation events were collected over 15 months in Virginia, USA. Air mass trajectories and water chemistry were determined and 33 134 isolates were screened for ice nucleation activity (INA) at -8 °C...
December 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697669/rewriting-the-genetic-code
#19
Takahito Mukai, Marc J Lajoie, Markus Englert, Dieter Söll
The genetic code-the language used by cells to translate their genomes into proteins that perform many cellular functions-is highly conserved throughout natural life. Rewriting the genetic code could lead to new biological functions such as expanding protein chemistries with noncanonical amino acids (ncAAs) and genetically isolating synthetic organisms from natural organisms and viruses. It has long been possible to transiently produce proteins bearing ncAAs, but stabilizing an expanded genetic code for sustained function in vivo requires an integrated approach: creating recoded genomes and introducing new translation machinery that function together without compromising viability or clashing with endogenous pathways...
September 8, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675443/rapid-and-accurate-assessment-of-gpcr-ligand-interactions-using-the-fragment-molecular-orbital-based-density-functional-tight-binding-method
#20
Inaki Morao, Dmitri G Fedorov, Roger Robinson, Michelle Southey, Andrea Townsend-Nicholson, Mike J Bodkin, Alexander Heifetz
The reliable and precise evaluation of receptor-ligand interactions and pair-interaction energy is an essential element of rational drug design. While quantum mechanical (QM) methods have been a promising means by which to achieve this, traditional QM is not applicable for large biological systems due to its high computational cost. Here, the fragment molecular orbital (FMO) method has been used to accelerate QM calculations, and by combining FMO with the density-functional tight-binding (DFTB) method we are able to decrease computational cost 1000 times, achieving results in seconds, instead of hours...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
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