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Xin Gu, Michael J Trujillo, Jacob E Olson, Jon P Camden
Owing to its extreme sensitivity and easy execution, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) now finds application for a wide variety of problems requiring sensitive and targeted analyte detection. This widespread application has prompted a proliferation of different SERS-based sensors, suggesting the need for a framework to classify existing methods and guide the development of new techniques. After a brief discussion of the general SERS modalities, we classify SERS-based sensors according the origin of the signal...
March 16, 2018: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
Sofia Doello, Zhibin Liang, Il Kyu Cho, Jung Bong Kim, Qing X Li
Lung cancer is the second most prevalent cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer. The low efficacy in current chemotherapies impels to find new alternatives to prevent or treat NSCLC. Rice bran oil is cytotoxic to A549 cells, a NSCLC cell line. Here, we identified 24-methylenecyloartanyl ferulate (24-mCAF) as the main component responsible for the cytotoxicity in A549 cells. An iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomics analysis revealed that 24-mCAF inhibits cell proliferation and activates cell death and apoptosis...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Barbara Bassi, Giacomo Dacarro, Pietro Galinetto, Enrico Giulotto, Nicoletta Marchesi, Piersandro Pallavicini, Alessia Pascale, Stefano Perversi, Angelo Taglietti
The last decade came across an increasing demand of theranostic biocompatible nanodevices, possessing the double ability of diagnosis and therapy. In this work, we report the design, synthesis and step-by-step characterization of rationally coated gold nanostars (GNS) for SERS imaging and photothermal therapy (PTT) of HeLa cancer cells. The nanodevice was realized synthesizing GNS with a seed-growth approach, coating them with a controlled mixture of thiols composed of a Raman reporter and a polyethylenglicol with a terminal amino group, and then reacting these amino groups with Folic Acid (FA), in order to impart selectivity towards cancer cells which overexpress folate receptors on their membranes...
March 16, 2018: Nanotechnology
Zhen Li, Shouzhen Jiang, Yanyan Huo, Tingyin Ning, Aihua Liu, Chao Zhang, Yuan He, Minghong Wang, Chonghui Li, Baoyuan Man
We report a three-dimensional (3D) SERS substrate with different numbers of silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) layers using multilayer graphene oxide (GO) as a spacer. The SERS performance of the 3D nanostructure was investigated and it was found that the SERS effect increased as the number of Ag NP layers increased, and showed almost no change for more than four layers. We found that the SERS performance of the 3D nanostructures can be mainly attributed to the topmost hot spots which are closely related to the Ag NP layers in the 3D nanostructure...
March 16, 2018: Nanoscale
D Xie, W F Zhu, H Cheng, Z Y Yao, M Li, Y L Zhao
A sensitive, and single step reaction assay of glycoproteins in antibody-free mode was proposed on a 4-mercapto-phenylboronic acid (4-MPBA) modified silver nanoparticle film (AgNF) by using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). 4-MPBA/AgNF was designed both as a glycoprotein-specific recognition biosensor and as a Raman reporter for the SERS platform. Variation in the ratio I1574/I1586 for 4-MPBA/AgNF in response to glycoprotein capture constitutes the SERS assay which exhibits high sensitivity and selectivity against nonglycoproteins and is shown to function in complex samples...
March 16, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Suoshi Jing, Bo Liu, Wengang Lan, Xin Zhao, Junsheng Bao, Junlin Ma, Zhimin Liu, Hongyan Liu, Tiejun Pan, Jianggen Yang, Dan Wu, Youli Zhao, Yuhan Wang, Zhiping Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of modified mechanical percussion for eliminating upper urinary tract (UUT) stone fragments after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (SWL). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We assigned patients aged 18-60 years with UUT calculi to the modified mechanical percussion (trial) or observation (control) group. Kidney-ureter-bladder radiography and ultrasound were used for diagnostic evaluation. The primary outcome was the stone-expulsion rate (SER) at 6 hours...
March 12, 2018: Urology
Melissa P Woodard, Scott T Akin, Collin J Dibble, Michael A Duncan
Ultra-small chromium oxide nanoclusters produced by laser vaporization in a fast flowtube reactor are ligand-coated by gas phase reactions with acetonitrile vapor and then captured in a cold trap and transferred to solution. The resulting clusters are characterized with mass spectrometry, UV-visible absorption and emission, infrared spectroscopy, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). According to mass spectrometry, clusters of the form CrxOy(MeCN)z are produced in the size range of x  10 and y < 25...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Yan Zhan, Yingliang Liu, Hongru Zu, Yanxian Guo, Shuangshuang Wu, Haiyao Yang, Zhiming Liu, Bingfu Lei, Jianle Zhuang, Xuejie Zhang, Di Huang, Chaofan Hu
Different from their bulk counterparts, plasmonic molybdenum oxide nanomaterials display superior optical and electronic properties, but unfortunately, phase-controlled synthesis of molybdenum oxide nanomaterials with multifunctional performances still remains a challenge. To actualize this, a surfactant-free solvothermal strategy was proposed to fabricate molybdenum oxide nanomaterials with a tunable phase. Encouragingly, the as-prepared molybdenum dioxide nanoparticles (MoO2 NPs) exhibit intense near-infrared (NIR) absorption attributed to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect, which results in their application as a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate to detect trace amounts of molecular species including Rhodamine 6G (R6G), crystal violet (CV), IR-780 iodide (IR780) and methylene blue (MB)...
March 15, 2018: Nanoscale
Quang A Le, Jason N Doctor, Lori A Zoellner, Norah C Feeny
PURPOSE: Health outcomes may depend on which treatment is received, whether choice of treatment is given, and whether a received treatment is the preferred therapy. We examined the effects of these key factors on the EuroQol-5D (EQ-5D-3L) in patients with PTSD. METHODS: Two hundred patients aged 18-65 years with PTSD diagnosis enrolled in a doubly randomized preference trial (DRPT) examining treatment, choice of treatment, and treatment-preference effects of prolonged exposure therapy (PE) and pharmacotherapy with sertraline (SER) (clinicaltrials...
March 14, 2018: Quality of Life Research
Chaowen Zhang, Feifan Chen, Ziyao Zhao, Liangliang Hu, Hanqiang Liu, Zhihui Cheng, Yiqun Weng, Peng Chen, Yuhong Li
Two round-leaf mutants, rl-1 and rl-2, were identified from EMS-induced mutagenesis. High throughput sequencing and map-based cloning suggested CsPID encoding a Ser/Thr protein kinase as the most possible candidate for rl-1. Rl-2 was allelic to Rl-1. Leaf shape is an important plant architecture trait that is affected by plant hormones, especially auxin. In Arabidopsis, PINOID (PID), a regulator for the auxin polar transporter PIN (PIN-FORMED) affects leaf shape formation, but this function of PID in crop plants has not been well studied...
March 14, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Fernando Revert, Francisco Revert-Ros, Raül Blasco, Aida Artigot, Ernesto López-Pascual, Roberto Gozalbo-Rovira, Ignacio Ventura, Elain Gutiérrez-Carbonell, Nuria Roda, Daniel Ruíz-Sanchis, Jerónimo Forteza, Javier Alcácer, Alejandra Pérez-Sastre, Ana Díaz, Enrique Pérez-Payá, Juan F Sanz-Cervera, Juan Saus
Goodpasture antigen-binding protein (GPBP) is an exportable1 Ser/Thr kinase that induces collagen IV expansion and has been associated with chemoresistance following epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Here we demonstrate that cancer EMT phenotypes secrete GPBP (mesenchymal GPBP) which displays a predominant multimeric oligomerization and directs the formation of previously unrecognized mesh collagen IV networks (mesenchymal collagen IV). Yeast two-hybrid (YTH) system was used to identify a260 SHCIE264 motif critical for multimeric GPBP assembly which then facilitated design of a series of potential peptidomimetics...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Maeva Dufies, Damien Ambrosetti, Sonia Boulakirba, Anne Calleja, Coline Savy, Nathan Furstoss, Marwa Zerhouni, Julien Parola, Lazaro Aira-Diaz, Sandrine Marchetti, Francois Orange, Sandra Lacas-Gervais, Frederic Luciano, Arnaud Jacquel, Guillaume Robert, Gilles Pagès, Patrick Auberger
Polo-like kinases (Plks) define a highly conserved family of Ser/Thr kinases with crucial roles in the regulation of cell division. Here we show that Plk1 is cleaved by caspase 3, but not by other caspases in different hematopoietic cell lines treated with competitive inhibitors of the ATP-binding pocket of Plk1. Intriguingly, Plk1 was not cleaved in cells treated with Rigosertib, a non-competitive inhibitor of Plk1, suggesting that binding of the inhibitor to the ATP binding pocket of Plk1 triggers a conformational change and unmasks a cryptic caspase 3 cleavage site on the protein...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Sujuan Yuan, Tiankui Qiao, Xuan Li, Xibing Zhuang, Wei Chen, Xue Chen, Qi Zhang
Unmethylated cytosine-phosphorothioate-guanine (CpG)-containing oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) are synthetic DNA sequences that mimic bacterial DNA, and are known to serve as ligands for Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9). The interaction between a CpG ODNs with TLR9 activates the complex downstream cascade that contributes to exerting its function. In the present study, the results of clonogenic assays demonstrated that the activation of TLR9 by CpG ODNs significantly increased the radiosensitivity of A549 lung cancer cells, with a sensitivity enhancement ratio (SER) of 1...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Shizhuang Weng, Fang Wang, Ronglu Dong, Mengqing Qiu, Jinling Zhao, Linsheng Huang, Dongyan Zhang
Detection of residual farm chemicals in agricultural crops is a hot topic in the field of food safety. In this study, ediphenphos residue in rice was detected using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) on a portable Raman spectrometer. A simple pretreatment method for rice samples was developed, and uniform gold nanorods were used for SERS measurement. Characteristic signals can still be detected when ediphenphos concentration in rice extraction solution was higher than or equal to 0.1 mg/L. Quantitative analysis of ediphenphos was conducted by regression models developed using partial least-squares regression, random forest and kernel principal component analysis, and root-mean-square error of cross validation, coefficient of determination and relative predicted deviation of optimal model were 0...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Lindsay M Repka, Kenton J Hetrick, See Hyun Chee, Wilfred A van der Donk
The dehydratase NisB performs stepwise tRNAGlu -dependent glutamylation of Ser/Thr residues and subsequent glutamate elimination to effect eight dehydrations in the biosynthesis of the antibacterial peptide nisin. Its substrate, NisA, bears a C-terminal core peptide that is modified and an N-terminal leader peptide (LP) that is not modified but that is required for efficient dehydration. To elucidate the mechanism of LP-NisB interactions during dehydration, we engineered a disulfide that covalently links the NisA LP to NisB...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Lingdi Zhang, Hengbo Zhou, Xueni Li, Rebecca L Vartuli, Michael Rowse, Yongna Xing, Pratyaydipta Rudra, Debashis Ghosh, Rui Zhao, Heide L Ford
Eya genes encode a unique family of multifunctional proteins that serve as transcriptional co-activators and as haloacid dehalogenase-family Tyr phosphatases. Intriguingly, the N-terminal domain of Eyas, which does not share sequence similarity to any known phosphatases, contains a separable Ser/Thr phosphatase activity. Here, we demonstrate that the Ser/Thr phosphatase activity of Eya is not intrinsic, but arises from its direct interaction with the protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A)-B55α holoenzyme. Importantly, Eya3 alters the regulation of c-Myc by PP2A, increasing c-Myc stability by enabling PP2A-B55α to dephosphorylate pT58, in direct contrast to the previously described PP2A-B56α-mediated dephosphorylation of pS62 and c-Myc destabilization...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Kanij Rukshana Sumi, Soo Cheol Kim, Jewel Howlader, Won Kyo Lee, Kap Seong Choi, Hoy-Taek Kim, Jong-In Park, Ill-Sup Nou, Kang Hee Kho
In this study, an 1888-bp carbonic anhydrase XII (CA XII) sequence was cloned from the brain of the pufferfish, Takifugu rubripes . The cloned sequence contained a coding region of 1470-bp, which was predicted to translate into a protein of 490 amino acid residues. The predicted protein showed between 68-56% identity with the large yellow croaker ( Larimichthys crocea ), tilapia ( Oreochromis niloticus ), and Asian arowana ( Scleropages formosus ) CA XII proteins. It also exhibited 36% and 53% identity with human CA II and CA XII, respectively...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Hui Lu, Li Zhu, Chuanlong Zhang, Kexiang Chen, Yiping Cui
To solve the problem that analyte molecules are not easy to enter "hot spots" on a conventional solid SERS substrate, we developed a mixing assisted "hot spots" occupying (MAHSO) SERS strategy to improve utilization of "hot spots". Comparing with the conventional substrate, MAHSO substrate enhances the sensitivity of SERS measurement by thousands of times. The MAHSO substrate possesses excellent properties of high enhancement, high uniformity and long-term stability because MAHSO substrate is integrated inside an ultrafast microfluidic mixer...
March 13, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Mark C Lawlor, Melissa A Kluczynski, John M Marzo
BACKGROUND: The utility of computed tomography (CT) for measuring medial clear space (MCS) for determination of the stability of supination external rotation (SER) ankle fractures and in comparison to standard radiographs is unknown. We compared MCS on gravity stress (GS) radiographs to GS and weight bearing (WB) cone-beam CT (CBCT). METHODS: An AO SER 44B3.1 ankle fracture was simulated in 10 human cadavers, also serving as controls. MCS was measured on GS radiographs, GS CBCT, and a simulated WB CBCT scan...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Rosa L Camacho-Mendoza, Eliazar Aquino-Torres, Viviana Cordero-Pensado, Julián Cruz-Borbolla, José G Alvarado-Rodríguez, Pandiyan Thangarasu, Carlos Z Gómez-Castro
Structural and electronic properties of a series of 25 phosphonate derivatives were analyzed applying density functional theory, with the exchange-correlation functional PBEPBE in combination with the 6-311++G** basis set for all atoms. The chemical reactivity of these derivatives has been interpreted using quantum descriptors such as frontier molecular orbitals (HOMO, LUMO), Hirshfeld charges, molecular electrostatic potential, and the dual descriptor [[Formula: see text]]. These descriptors are directly related to experimental median lethal dose ([Formula: see text], expressed as its decimal logarithm [[Formula: see text]([Formula: see text]] through a multiple linear regression equation...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Diversity
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