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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535614/elucidating-bottlenecks-of-the-efficient-preparation-of-an-ab5-hexamer-mucosal-adjuvant-protein-ltm-by-genetic-engineering
#1
Di Liu, Fabiao Hu, Wenpeng Wang, Dong Wu, Xiujuan He, Wenyun Zheng, Haipeng Liu, Xingyuan Ma
Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin (LT) and its non-toxic mutant (LTm) are well-known powerful mucosal adjuvants and immunogens. However, the yields of these adjuvants from genetically engineered strains remain at extremely low levels, thereby hindering their extensive application in fundamental and clinical research. Therefore, efficient production of these adjuvant proteins from genetically engineered microbes is a huge challenge in the field of molecular biology. In order to explore expression bottlenecks of LTm in E...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535433/a-highly-selective-surface-coating-for-enhanced-membrane-rejection-of-endocrine-disrupting-compounds-mechanistic-insights-and-implications
#2
Hao Guo, Yu Deng, Zhikan Yao, Zhe Yang, Jianqiang Wang, Chuner Lin, Tong Zhang, Baoku Zhu, Chuyang Y Tang
We designed a highly selective surface coating to achieve enhanced rejection of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) by nanofiltration membranes. A commercial NF90 membrane was first coated with polydopamine (PDA) followed by in situ immobilization of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). This PDA/AgNPs coating greatly improved EDC rejection at the expense of slight water permeability loss (4-10%). This improvement in rejection can be attributed to a combination of enhanced size exclusion and suppressed hydrophobic interaction...
May 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535066/marangoni-flow-induced-evaporation-enhancement-on-binary-sessile-drops
#3
Pin Chen, Souad Harmand, Safouene Ouenzerfi, Jesse Schiffler
The evaporation processes of pure water, pure 1-butanol, and 5% 1-butanol aqueous solution drops on heated hydrophobic substrates are investigated to determine the effect of temperature on the drop evaporation behavior. The evolution of the parameters (contact angle, diameter, and volume) during evaporation measured using a drop shape analyzer and the infrared thermal mapping of the drop surface recorded by an infrared camera were used in investigating the evaporation process. The pure 1-butanol drop does not show any thermal instability at different substrate temperatures, while the convection cells created by the thermal Marangoni effect appear on the surface of the pure water drop from 50°C...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535062/supramolecular-hydrogel-formation-in-a-series-of-self-assembling-lipopeptides-with-varying-lipid-chain-length
#4
Valeria Castelletto, Amanpreet Kaur, Radoslaw M Kowalczyk, Ian W Hamley, Mehedi Reza, Janne Ruokolainen
The self-assembly in aqueous solution of three lipopeptides comprising a bioactive motif conjugated at the N terminus to dodecyl, tetradecyl or hexadecyl lipid chains has been examined. The bioactive motif is the peptide block YEALRVANEVTLN; a C-terminal fragment of the lumican proteoglycan. This study was motivated by our previous studies on the hexadecyl homologue C16-YEALRVANEVTLN which showed aggregation into β-sheet structures above a critical aggregation concentration (cac), but most remarkably we found that these aggregates were stable to dilution below the cac...
May 23, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535061/sitting-phase-monolayers-of-polymerizable-phospholipids-create-dimensional-molecular-scale-wetting-control-for-scalable-solution-based-patterning-of-layered-materials
#5
Shi Wah Choong, Shane R Russell, Jae Jin Bang, Justin K Patterson, Shelley A Claridge
The use of dimensionally ordered ligands on layered materials to direct local electronic structure and interactions with the environment promises to streamline integration into nanostructured electronic, optoelectronic, sensing, and nanofluidic interfaces. Substantial progress has been made in using ligands to control substrate electronic structure. Conversely, using the exposed face of the ligand layer to structure wetting and binding interactions, particularly with scalable solution- or spray-processed materials, remains a significant challenge...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535056/solid-state-nmr-structure-based-inhibitor-design-to-achieve-selective-inhibition-of-the-parallel-in-register-%C3%AE-sheet-versus-antiparallel-iowa-mutant-%C3%AE-amyloid-fibrils
#6
Qinghui Cheng, Wei Qiang
Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) spectroscopy has been widely applied to characterize the high-resolution structures of β-amyloid (Aβ) fibrils. While these structures provide crucial molecular insights on the deposition of amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's diseases (AD), ssNMR structures have been rarely used so far as basis for designing inhibitors. It remains a challenge because the ssNMR-based Aβ fibrils structures were usually obtained with sparsely-isotope-labeled peptides with limited experimental constraints, where the structural models, especially the side-chain coordinates showed restricted precision...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535054/tuning-the-binding-dynamics-of-a-guest-octaacid-capsule-through-non-covalent-anchoring
#7
Suma S Thomas, Hao Tang, Adam Gaudes, Signe B Baggesen, Corinne L D Gibb, Bruce C Gibb, Cornelia Bohne
Hydrophobic or hydrophilic substituents have different effects on the binding dynamics of pyrene derivatives with a 2:1 capsule formed from two octaacid cavitands, showing a subtle interplay of different kinetic factors. Anchoring of the methyl group of 1-methylpyrene within one cavitand slowed the association and dissociation dynamics of the 1:1 complex by at least 1,000 times when compared to the 1:1 complex for pyrene. This slow down for the transient formation of the 1:1 complex is responsible for the overall increase in stability of the 2:1 complex without affecting the overall capsule dissociation...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535051/structural-properties-of-nonionic-monorhamnolipid-aggregates-in-water-studied-by-classical-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Elango Munusamy, Charles M Luft, Jeanne E Pemberton, Steven D Schwartz
Molecular dynamics simulations were carried out to investigate the structure and stabilizing factors of aggregates of the nonionic form of the most common congener of monorhamnolipids, α-rhamnopyranosyl-β-hydroxydecanoyl-β-hydroxydecanoate (Rha- C10-C10), in water. Aggregates of size ranging from 5 monomers to 810 monomers were observed in the simulation forming spherical and ellipsoidal structures, a torus like structure and a unilamellar vesicle. The effects of hydrophobic chain conformation and alignment in the aggregate, role of H-bonds between monomer...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534487/rules-of-engagement-between-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-6-integrin-and-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus
#9
Abhay Kotecha, Quan Wang, Xianchi Dong, Serban L Ilca, Marina Ondiviela, Rao Zihe, Julian Seago, Bryan Charleston, Elizabeth E Fry, Nicola G A Abrescia, Timothy A Springer, Juha T Huiskonen, David I Stuart
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) mediates cell entry by attachment to an integrin receptor, generally αvβ6, via a conserved arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) motif in the exposed, antigenic, GH loop of capsid protein VP1. Infection can also occur in tissue culture adapted virus in the absence of integrin via acquired basic mutations interacting with heparin sulphate (HS); this virus is attenuated in natural infections. HS interaction has been visualized at a conserved site in two serotypes suggesting a propensity for sulfated-sugar binding...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533982/lid-opening-and-conformational-stability-of-t1-lipase-is-mediated-by-increasing-chain-length-polar-solvents
#10
Jonathan Maiangwa, Mohd Shukuri Mohamad Ali, Abu Bakar Salleh, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman, Yahaya M Normi, Fairolniza Mohd Shariff, Thean Chor Leow
The dynamics and conformational landscape of proteins in organic solvents are events of potential interest in nonaqueous process catalysis. Conformational changes, folding transitions, and stability often correspond to structural rearrangements that alter contacts between solvent molecules and amino acid residues. However, in nonaqueous enzymology, organic solvents limit stability and further application of proteins. In the present study, molecular dynamics (MD) of a thermostable Geobacillus zalihae T1 lipase was performed in different chain length polar organic solvents (methanol, ethanol, propanol, butanol, and pentanol) and water mixture systems to a concentration of 50%...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533751/docetaxel-loaded-nanoparticles-assembled-from-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-calixarene-giant-surfactants-physicochemical-properties-and-cytotoxic-effect-in-prostate-cancer-and-glioblastoma-cells
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Laura Gallego-Yerga, Inmaculada Posadas, Cristina de la Torre, Jesús Ruiz-Almansa, Francesco Sansone, Carmen Ortiz Mellet, Alessandro Casnati, José M García Fernández, Valentín Ceña
Giant amphiphiles encompassing a hydrophilic β-cyclodextrin (βCD) component and a hydrophobic calix[4]arene (CA4) module undergo self-assembly in aqueous media to afford core-shell nanospheres or nanocapsules, depending on the nanoprecipitation protocol, with high docetaxel (DTX) loading capacity. The blank and loaded nanoparticles have been fully characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), ζ-potential measurements and cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The data are compatible with the distribution of the drug between the nanoparticle core and the shell, where it is probably anchored by inclusion of the DTX aromatic moieties in βCD cavities...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533339/structure-based-prediction-of-wnt-binding-affinities-for-frizzled-type-cysteine-rich-domain
#12
Mark Agostino, Sebastian Öther-Gee Pohl, Arunasalam Dharmarajan
Wnt signaling pathways are of significant interest in development and oncogenesis. The first step in these pathways typically involves the binding of a Wnt protein to the cysteine-rich domain (CRD) of a Frizzled receptor; Wnt-Frizzled interactions can be antagonized by secreted Frizzled-related proteins (sFRPs), which also contain a Frizzled-like CRD. The large number of Wnts, Frizzleds and sFRPs, as well as the hydrophobic nature of Wnt, pose challenges to laboratory-based investigations of interactions involving Wnt...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532662/molecular-design-of-flotation-collectors-a-recent-progress
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Guangyi Liu, Xianglin Yang, Hong Zhong
The nature of froth flotation is to selectively hydrophobize valuable minerals by collector adsorption so that the hydrophobized mineral particles can attach air bubbles. In recent years, the increasing commercial production of refractory complex ores has been urgent to develop special collectors for enhancing flotation separation efficiency of valuable minerals from these ores. Molecular design methods offer an effective way for understanding the structure-property relationship of flotation collectors and developing new ones...
May 10, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532300/engineered-polymeric-amphiphiles-self-assembling-into-nanostructures-and-acting-as-efficient-gene-and-drug-carriers
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Ruby Bansal, Pradeep Kumar
Nonviral gene delivery systems are finding widespread use due to their safety, rapid and economical production, and ease of modification. In this work, series of N-alkyl-substituted linear polyethylenimine (CP) polymers have been synthesized, characterized, and investigated about how degree of substitution (hydrophobic-hydrophilic balance) (i.e. N-alkylation) influenced the transfection efficiency. Mobility shift assay demonstrated efficient binding of plasmid DNA (pDNA). Transfection efficiency and cytotoxicity of CP polymers were assessed in vitro, which revealed that all the formulations exhibited higher transfection activity than linear polyethylenimine (lPEI) and commercial transfection reagents, Lipofectamine and Superfect, with negligible toxicity (MTT assay)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532282/synthesis-of-ph-responsive-n-acetyl-cysteine-modified-starch-derivatives-for-oral-delivery
#15
Kwanghyok Jong, Benzhi Ju, Shufen Zhang
In this study, a novel type of pH-responsive polymer PyHES-NAC ((2-hydroxy-3-(2-propynyloxy) propyl hydroxyethyl starch (PyHES)) - (N-Acetyl-cysteine (NAC)) was synthesized. First, PyHES was prepared via hydrophobic modification of hydroxyl groups in hydroxyethyl starch (HES) with propynylglycidyl ether (PGE), and then pH-responsive carboxylic acid group was connected to propynyl group via thiol-yne click reaction with NAC. Aqueous PyHES-NAC solutions exhibited a good transference between hydrophobic (or self-assembly) and hydrophilic static along with the change of pH value and protective properties of drugs under acidic conditions...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532250/design-and-evaluation-of-mpeg-pla-micelles-functionalized-with-drug-interactive-domains-as-improved-drug-carriers-for-docetaxel-delivery
#16
Dingqing Qi, Feirong Gong, Xin Teng, Mingming Ma, Huijing Wen, Weihao Yuan, Yi Cheng, Chong Lu
Polymeric micelles are very attractive drug delivery systems for hydrophobic agents, owing to their readily tailorable chemical structure and ease for scale-up preparation. However, the intrinsic poor stability of drug-loaded micelles presents one of the major challenges for most micellar systems in the translation to clinical applications. In this study, a simple, well-defined, and easy-to-scale up 9-Fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl (Fmoc) and tert-butoxycarbonyl (Boc) containing lysine dendronized mPEG-PLA (mPEG-PLA-Lys(FB)2) micellar formulation was designed and prepared for docetaxel (DTX) delivery, in an effort to improve the stability of the micelles, and its physicochemical properties, pharmacokinetics, and anti-tumor efficacy against SKOV-3 ovarian cancer were evaluated...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532212/soft-matter-in-lipid-protein-interactions
#17
Michael F Brown
Membrane lipids and cellular water (soft matter) are becoming increasingly recognized as key determinants of protein structure and function. Their influences can be ascribed to modulation of the bilayer properties or to specific binding and allosteric regulation of protein activity. In this review, we first consider hydrophobic matching of the intramembranous proteolipid boundary to explain the conformational changes and oligomeric states of proteins within the bilayer. Alternatively, membranes can be viewed as complex fluids, whose properties are linked to key biological functions...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532176/synthesis-of-n-alkylated-chitosan-and-its-interactions-with-blood
#18
Yuchen Huang, Yi Zhang, Longbao Feng, Liumin He, Rui Guo, Wei Xue
When hydrophobically modified chitosan (HM-CHI) comes into contact with red blood cells (RBCs), it can cause agglomeration. This property leads HM-CHI to be a potential agent to form a rapid haemostatic plug to stop bleeding at wound sites. In this study, we investigated the properties of the HM-CHI biopolymer to act as an agent that rapidly clots blood. We have examined the synthesis and structural characteristics of HM-CHI - blood substances using X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and elemental analysis...
May 22, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532154/injectable-nir-ph-responsive-nanocomposite-hydrogel-as-long-acting-implant-for-chemo-photothermal-synergistic-cancer-therapy
#19
Xiaoyu Xu, Ziyuan Huang, Zeqian Huang, Xuefei Zhang, Siyu He, Xiaoqi Sun, Yifeng Shen, Mina Yan, Chunshun Zhao
In this study, Gold nanorods (GNRs) were incorporated into the hydrogel networks formed by the copolymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) and methacrylated β-cyclodextrin-based macromer (MPCD) to fabricate an injectable and NIR/pH-responsive poly(NIPAm-co-MPCD)/GNRs nanocomposite hydrogel, which could serve as a long-acting implant for chemo-photothermal synergistic cancer therapy. The nanocomposite hydrogel showed superior mechanical and swelling properties, gelation characteristic and excellent NIR-responsive property...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532099/interaction-of-insulin-with-colloidal-zns-quantum-dots-functionalized-by-various-surface-capping-agents
#20
Ghader Hosseinzadeh, Ali Maghari, Seyed Morteza Famil Farniya, Amir Homayoun Keihan, Ali A Moosavi-Movahedi
Interaction of quantum dots (QDs) and proteins strongly influenced by the surface characteristics of the QDs at the protein-QD interface. For a precise control of these surface-related interactions, it is necessary to improve our understanding in this field. In this regard, in the present work, the interaction between the insulin and differently functionalized ZnS quantum dots (QDs) were studied. The ZnS QDs were functionalized with various functional groups of hydroxyl (OH), carboxyl (COOH), amine (NH2), and amino acid (COOH and NH2)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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