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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532113/nanofibers-of-human-tropoelastin-inspired-peptides-structural-characterization-and-biological-properties
#1
Valeria Secchi, Stefano Franchi, Marco Fioramonti, Giovanni Polzonetti, Giovanna Iucci, Brigida Bochicchio, Chiara Battocchio
Regenerative medicine is taking great advantage from the use of biomaterials in the treatments of a wide range of diseases and injuries. Among other biomaterials, self-assembling peptides are appealing systems due to their ability to spontaneously form nanostructured hydrogels that can be directly injected into lesions. Indeed, self-assembling peptide scaffolds are expected to behave as biomimetic matrices able to surround cells, to promote specific interactions, and to control and modify cell behavior by mimicking the native environment as well...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532072/new-bioactive-bone-like-microspheres-with-intrinsic-magnetic-properties-obtained-by-bio-inspired-mineralisation-process
#2
Tatiana Marisa Fernandes Patrício, Silvia Panseri, Monica Sandri, Anna Tampieri, Simone Sprio
A bio-inspired mineralisation process was investigated and applied to develop novel hybrid magnetic materials by heterogeneous nucleation of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+)-doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystals onto a biopolymeric matrix made of a Type I collagen-based recombinant peptide (RCP). The effect of the synthesis temperature on the phase composition, crystallinity and magnetic properties of the nucleated inorganic phase was studied. The as-obtained magnetic materials were then engineered, by using a water-in-oil emulsification process, into hybrid magnetic microspheres, which were stabilized by de-hydrothermal treatment yielding cross-linking of the macromolecular matrix...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532053/functionalized-fe3o4-graphene-oxide-nanocomposites-with-hairpin-aptamers-for-the-separation-and-preconcentration-of-trace-pb-2-from-biological-samples-prior-to-determination-by-icp-ms
#3
Mojtaba Shamsipur, Leila Farzin, Mahmoud Amouzadeh Tabrizi, Shahab Sheibani
Lead (Pb) as a topically poisonous metal represents a serious threat to the ecological environment and especially to human beings. Therefore, it is urgent to develop a rapid and reliable monitoring technique for this heavy metal in the environmental samples. In the present study, we have designed a selective and sensitive method for the determination of ultratrace contents of Pb(2+) in biological samples, based on the guanine (G)-quadruplex formed by the aptamer with hairpin structure and Pb(2+). For this purpose, Pb(2+) specific aptamer serving as affinity probe to capture and separate trace amounts of the analyte, was covalently linked to Fe3O4/graphene oxide (GO) surface by using a suitable cross-linking agent...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532048/surface-grafting-of-eu-3-doped-luminescent-hydroxyapatite-nanomaterials-through-metal-free-light-initiated-atom-transfer-radical-polymerization-for-theranostic-applications
#4
Guangjian Zeng, Meiying Liu, Ruming Jiang, Chunning Heng, Qiang Huang, Liucheng Mao, Junfeng Hui, Fengjie Deng, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
We reported a simple and efficient method to prepare the hydrophilic luminescent HAp polymer nanocomposites through the combination of ligand exchange and metal free light initiated surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) using 10-phenylphenothiazine (PTH) as organic catalyst and 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) and itaconic acid (IA) as monomers. The biological imaging and drug delivery performance of HAp-poly(MPC-IA) nanorods were examined to evaluate their potential for biomedical applications...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532037/multifactor-analysis-on-the-effect-of-collagen-concentration-cross-linking-and-fiber-pore-orientation-on-chemical-microstructural-mechanical-and-biological-properties-of-collagen-type-i-scaffolds
#5
E Suesca, A M A Dias, M E M Braga, H C de Sousa, M R Fontanilla
This work evaluates the effect of processing variables on some physicochemical and mechanical properties of multi- and unidirectional laminar collagen type I scaffolds. The processing variables considered in this study included microstructure orientation (uni- and multidirectional fiber/pore controlled by freeze-drying methodology), cross-linking (chemical - using genipin and glutaraldehyde, and physical - using a dehydrothermal method), and collagen concentration (2, 5 and 8mg/ml). The biocompatibility of the scaffolds obtained in each of the evaluated manufacturing processes was also assessed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532011/molecularly-imprinted-polymer-for-human-viral-pathogen-detection
#6
REVIEW
Aijaz Ahmad Malik, Chanin Nantasenamat, Theeraphon Piacham
Molecular imprinting has become an attractive synthetic approach for the fabrication of novel functional polymers with pre-designed molecular target selectivity. Such molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) have been applied in wide range of areas such as chemical and biological sensors, solid phase extraction and drug assays owing to their inherent robustness, reusability and reproducibility. Furthermore, MIPs can also be used as tools for studies concerning antibody/receptor binding site mimicry as well as being used as antibody substitutes for biomedical applications...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531998/reline-assisted-green-and-facile-synthesis-of-fluorapatite-nanoparticles
#7
Mohammad Karimi, Majid Rastegar Ramsheh, Seyed Mohammad Ahmadi, Mohammad Reza Madani, Mehdi Shamsi, Reyhaneh Reshadi, Farahnaz Lotfi
A fast, simple and sustainable method based on choline chloride-urea deep eutectic solvent (known as Reline) was employed to synthesize nanosized fluorapatite (FA) particles. Using XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDS, and FTIR, the formation of FA nanoparticles with average crystal size of ~34nm, percent crystallinity of 93%, particle size of ~45nm, and high crystal, elemental, and structural purity was confirmed. The MTT cytotoxicity assay endorsed the non-toxicity of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles. The good biocompatibility, osteogenity and mineralization ability of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles were confirmed by Alizarin red staining, Acridine orange staining and ALP activity tests...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531985/enhancement-of-electro-chemical-properties-of-tio2-nanotubes-for-biological-interfacing
#8
D Khudhair, H Amani Hamedani, J Gaburro, S Shafei, S Nahavandi, H Garmestani, A Bhatti
Micro/nano electrodes employing nanotubes has attracted paramount attention in recent years due to their inherent superior mechanical and structural properties. Electrical interfaces with different geometries and sizes have been developed as electrodes for measuring action potentials and investigating neural information processing in neural networks. In this work, we investigated the possibility of using TiO2 nanotube arrays that were grown using electrochemical anodization technique, as a micro/nano electrode for neural interfacing...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531811/synthesis-of-novel-indole-derivatives-as-promising-dna-binding-agents-and-evaluation-of-antitumor-and-antitopoisomerase-i-activities
#9
Elizabeth Almeida Lafayette, Sinara Mônica Vitalino de Almeida, Renata Virginia Cavalcanti Santos, Jamerson Ferreira de Oliveira, Cezar Augusto da Cruz Amorim, Rosali Maria Ferreira da Silva, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta, Ivan da Rocha Pitta, Ricardo Olimpio de Moura, Luiz Bezerra de Carvalho Júnior, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo, Maria do Carmo Alves de Lima
Molecules bearing indole nucleus present diverse biological properties such as antitumor and anti-inflammatory activities that can be associated both to DNA and protein interactions. This study focused on the synthesis of new indole derivatives with thiazolidines and imidazolidine rings condensed as side chains as well as the evaluation of their ability to interact with the DNA and antitumor and topoisomerase inhibition activities. All derivatives were successfully synthesized and their structures were elucidated by mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR), spectroscopy (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, COSY (1)H-(1)H and HSQC (1)H-(13)C...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531554/efficacy-of-bacillus-subtilis-and-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-in-the-control-of-aspergillus-parasiticus-growth-and-aflatoxins-production-on-pistachio
#10
Fatemeh Siahmoshteh, Ilenia Siciliano, Houda Banani, Zohreh Hamidi-Esfahani, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh, Maria Lodovica Gullino, Davide Spadaro
Pistachio (Pistacia vera) is an important nut for its economic, nutritional and health aspects but it can be contaminated by aflatoxigenic fungi in the field and during storage. Biological control could be considered as an alternative to chemical treatment. In this study, we evaluated the antifungal and anti-mycotoxigenic capability of two Bacillus spp. both in vitro and on pistachio kernels. In in vitro conditions, both strains were able to reduce the mycelial growth and they were able to degrade the four aflatoxins during the first three days after inoculation...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531376/immune-cell-signaling-in-autoimmune-diseases
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REVIEW
George C Tsokos, Noel R Rose
On September 20, 2016 the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association convened a selected group of 16 experts in Washington DC to discuss current issues and future directions of research in autoimmune diseases from the cell signaling perspective. The major topics considered included new findings on the follicular T cell cells in mice, their metabolic patterns and their control by the newly discovered T follicular regulatory cells. Current work on the metabolic pathways deemed important for the function of T cells was presented...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531348/plant-derived-transcription-factors-for-orthologous-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-the-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#12
Gita Naseri, Salma Balazadeh, Fabian Machens, Iman Kamranfar, Katrin Messerschmidt, Bernd Mueller-Roeber
Control of gene expression by transcription factors (TFs) is central in many synthetic biology projects where tailored expression of one or multiple genes is often needed. As TFs from evolutionary distant organisms are unlikely to affect gene expression in a host of choice, they represent excellent candidates for establishing orthogonal control systems. To establish orthogonal regulators for use in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), we chose TFs from the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. We established a library of 106 different combinations of chromosomally integrated TFs, activation domains (yeast GAL4 AD, herpes simplex virus VP64, and plant EDLL) and synthetic promoters harbouring cognate cis-regulatory motifs driving a yEGFP reporter...
May 22, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531347/stacked-gold-nanodisks-for-bimodal-photoacoustic-and-optical-coherence-imaging
#13
Jung-Sub Wi, Jisoo Park, Heesung Kang, Donggeun Jung, Sang-Won Lee, Tae Geol Lee
Herein, we report on biological imaging nanoprobes: physically-synthesized gold nanodisks that have inherent optical advantages-a wide range of resonant wavelengths, tunable ratio of light absorption-to-scattering, and responsiveness to random incident light-due to their two-dimensional circular nanostructure. Based on our proposed physical synthesis where gold is vacuum-deposited onto a pre-patterned polymer template and released from the substrate in the form of a nanodisk, monodisperse two-dimensional gold nanodisks were prepared with independent control of their diameter and thickness...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531279/mechanisms-governing-inflammasome-activation-assembly-and-pyroptosis-induction
#14
Sannula Kesavardhana, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
Inflammasomes are multimeric protein complexes that regulate inflammatory responses and pyroptotic cell death to exert host defense against microbes. Intracellular pattern-recognition receptors such as nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat receptors (NLRs) and absent in melanoma 2 like receptors (ALRs) assemble the inflammasome complexes in response to pathogens and danger or altered-self signals in the cell. Inflammasome sensors, in association with an adaptor protein - apoptosis associated speck-like protein containing a caspase-activation and -recruitment domain (ASC) - activate inflammatory caspase-1 to enable the release of inflammatory cytokines and induce cell death, conferring host defense against pathogens...
May 20, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531277/genome-wide-discovery-of-viral-micrornas-based-on-phylogenetic-analysis-and-structural-evolution-of-various-human-papillomavirus-subtypes
#15
Shun-Long Weng, Kai-Yao Huang, Julia Tzu-Ya Weng, Fang-Yu Hung, Tzu-Hao Chang, Tzong-Yi Lee
In mammals, microRNAs (miRNAs) play key roles in controlling posttranscriptional regulation through binding to the mRNAs of target genes. Recently, it was discovered that viral miRNAs may be involved in human cancers and diseases. It is likely that viral miRNAs help viruses enter the latent phase of their life cycle and become undetected by the host's immune system, while increasing the host's risk for cancer development. Cervical cancer is typically related to the infection of human papillomavirus (HPV) through sexual transmission...
May 20, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531169/expression-of-liver-receptor-homolog-1-lrh-1-in-villi-and-decidua-of-patients-with-unexplained-recurrent-spontaneous-abortion
#16
Zhiyan Xu, Xiangqing Hou, Hongtao Lv, Binghui Sun, Yingying Cui, Ling Liu, Fengnian Rong
BACKGROUND In view of the important function of nuclear receptor liver receptor homolog 1 (LRH 1) in various biological processes and the physiological changes accompanying unexplained recurrent spontaneous abortion (USRA), our study was carried out to investigate the potential roles of LRH-1 in USRA. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty patients with URSA at early the early state of pregnancy were selected, and 30 patients with normal early pregnancy were also selected from Aug 2015 to Sep 2016 as a control group. The expression of LRH-1 protein in decidua and villi were detected by immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis, and the expression of LRH-1 mRNA was detected by RT-PCR...
May 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530742/a-survey-of-the-different-roles-of-polyoxometalates-in-their-interaction-with-amino-acids-peptides-and-proteins
#17
Mina Arefian, Masoud Mirzaei, Hossein Eshtiagh-Hosseini, Antonio Frontera
One of the most attractive areas in inorganic chemistry is the synthesis of polyoxometalates (POMs) exhibiting new properties and applications. Since the impact of POMs in biochemistry and related fields of research has increased in the last few years, there has been a special interest in this topic. Significant progress in biological applications has been made where the interaction of POMs with amino acids, peptides and proteins is relevant. Versatile POMs play a series of different roles in the interaction with these biomolecules as described in this review...
May 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530546/the-role-of-qsar-and-virtual-screening-studies-in-type-2-diabetes-drug-discovery
#18
Simone Q Pantaleão, Drielli G V Fujji, Vinícius G Maltarollo, Danielle da C Silva, Gustavo H G Trossini, Karen C Weber, Luis P B Scott, Kathia M Honorio
BACKGROUND: Due to the increasing number of diabetes cases worldwide, there is an international concern to provide even more effective treatments to control this condition. METHODS: This review brings together a selection of studies that helped to broaden the comprehension of various biological targets and associated mechanisms involved in type 2 diabetes mellitus. RESULTS: Such studies demonstrated that QSAR techniques and virtual screenings have been successfully employed in drug design projects...
May 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530274/transporting-an-ionic-liquid-water-mixture-in-a-conical-nanochannel-a-nanofluidic-memristor
#19
Qian Sheng, Yanbo Xie, Jun Li, Xinwei Wang, Jianming Xue
Synthetic conical nanochannels have gained attention for their ion rectification behavior, which can be used to mimic the functionalities of biological ion channels. Employing these nanochannels and inspired by biological synaptic dynamics, we herein demonstrate a new nanofluidic device as a memristor, the ion transport conductance of which depends on the history of its ion flow. The nanofluidic memristors show excellent repeatability, high ON/OFF ratios, and sufficiently long retention times, which are highly desirable for logic control and neuromorphic engineering applications in nanofluidic systems as well as for fundamental transport studies of ionic liquids on a nanoscale...
May 22, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530232/tomographic-active-optical-trapping-of-arbitrarily-shaped-objects-by-exploiting-3d-refractive-index-maps
#20
Kyoohyun Kim, YongKeun Park
Optical trapping can manipulate the three-dimensional (3D) motion of spherical particles based on the simple prediction of optical forces and the responding motion of samples. However, controlling the 3D behaviour of non-spherical particles with arbitrary orientations is extremely challenging, due to experimental difficulties and extensive computations. Here, we achieve the real-time optical control of arbitrarily shaped particles by combining the wavefront shaping of a trapping beam and measurements of the 3D refractive index distribution of samples...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
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