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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145649/single-molecule-compaction-of-megabase-long-chromatin-molecules-by-multivalent-cations
#1
Anatoly Zinchenko, Nikolay V Berezhnoy, Sai Wang, William M Rosencrans, Nikolay Korolev, Johan R C van der Maarel, Lars Nordenskiöld
To gain insight into the conformational properties and compaction of megabase-long chromatin molecules, we reconstituted chromatin from T4 phage DNA (165 kb) and recombinant human histone octamers (HO). The unimolecular compaction, induced by divalent Mg2+ or tetravalent spermine4+ cations, studied by single-molecule fluorescence microscopy (FM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) techniques, resulted in the formation of 250-400 nm chromatin condensates. The compaction on this scale of DNA size is comparable to that of chromatin topologically associated domains (TAD) in vivo...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145633/the-initiation-propagation-and-dynamics-of-crispr-spycas9-r-loop-complex
#2
Yan Zeng, Yang Cui, Yong Zhang, Yanruo Zhang, Meng Liang, Hui Chen, Jie Lan, Guangtao Song, Jizhong Lou
CRISPR-Cas9 system has been widely used for efficient genome editing. Although the structures of Cas9 protein in complex with single-guided RNA (sgRNA) and target DNA have been resolved, the molecular details about the formation of Cas9 endonuclease R-loop structure remain elusive. Here we examine the DNA cleavage activities of Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpyCas9) and its mutants using various target sequences and study the conformational dynamics of R-loop structure during target binding using single-molecule fluorescence energy transfer (smFRET) technique...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145627/bacterial-communities-associated-with-the-ectoparasitic-mites-varroa-destructor-and-tropilaelaps-mercedesae-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
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Chonthicha Pakwan, Martin Kaltenpoth, Benjamin Weiss, Panuwan Chantawannakul, Guo Jun, Terd Disayathanoowat
Varroa and Tropilaelaps mites have been reported as serious ectoparasites of honey bees (Apis mellifera). In this study, bacterial communities associated with Varroa destructor and Tropilaelaps mercedesae from Northern Thailand were determined, using both culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches. Adult female mites were collected from apiaries in Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces. Culturable bacteria were isolated from individual mites. On average, we observed approximately 1340 and 1140 CFU/mite in Varroa and Tropilaelaps, respectively...
November 14, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145507/light-sensors-for-objective-light-measurement-in-ambulatory-polysomnography
#4
Rachel Schembri, Jo Spong, Allison Peters, Peter Rochford, Philip Wilksch, Fergal J O'Donoghue, Kenneth M Greenwood, Maree Barnes, Gerard A Kennedy, David J Berlowitz
Ambulatory polysomnography (PSG) does not commonly include an objective measure of light to determine the time of lights off (Loff), and thus cannot be used to calculate important indices such as sleep onset latency and sleep efficiency. This study examined the technical specifications and appropriateness of a prototype light sensor (LS) for use in ambulatory Compumedics Somte PSG.Two studies were conducted. The first examined the light measurement characteristics of the LS when used with a portable PSG device, specifically recording trace range, linearity, sensitivity, and stability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145482/combination-of-ultrasound-and-rtpa-enhances-fibrinolysis-in-an-in-vitro-clot-system
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Julia Masomi-Bornwasser, Philipp Winter, Hendrik Müller-Werkmeister, Susanne Strand, Jochem König, Oliver Kempski, Florian Ringel, Sven R Kantelhardt, Naureen Keric
BACKGROUND: Catheter-based lysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) is a well-established therapy for spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The effectiveness of this therapy can be increased with ultrasound, but the optimal conditions are not yet clearly established. Using a novel in vitro system of blood clots previously developed by our group, we investigated various parameters of intralesional sonothrombolysis using an endosonography catheter in combination with rtPA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145424/levosimendan-protects-human-hepatocytes-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#6
Stefanie N Brunner, Nicolai V Bogert, Andreas A Schnitzbauer, Eva Juengel, Anton Moritz, Isabella Werner, Angela Kornberger, Andres Beiras-Fernandez
BACKGROUND: Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is a major challenge in liver transplantation. The mitochondrial pathway plays a pivotal role in hepatic IRI. Levosimendan, a calcium channel sensitizer, was shown to attenuate apoptosis after IRI in animal livers. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of levosimendan on apoptosis in human hepatocytes. METHODS: Primary human hepatocytes were either exposed to hypoxia or cultured under normoxic conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145175/antimicrobial-activity-of-galangin-and-its-effects-on-murein-hydrolases-of-vancomycin-intermediate-staphylococcus-aureus-visa-strain-mu50
#7
Jing Ouyang, Fengjun Sun, Wei Feng, Yonghong Xie, Lijuan Ren, Yongchuan Chen
Backgroud: Antibiotic treatment for infections caused by vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) strains is challenging, and only a few effective and curative methods have been developed to combat these strains. This study aimed to investigate the antimicrobial activity of galangin against S. aureus and its effects on the murein hydrolases of VISA strain Mu50. This is the first report on these effects of galangin, and it may help to improve the treatment for VISA infections by demonstrating the effective use of galangin...
November 17, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145130/photophysical-and-photochemical-insights-into-the-photodegradation-of-sulfapyridine-in-water-a-joint-experimental-and-theoretical-study
#8
Heming Zhang, Xiaoxuan Wei, Xuedan Song, Shaheen Shah, Jingwen Chen, Jianhui Liu, Ce Hao, Zhongfang Chen
For organic pollutants, photodegradation, as a major abiotic elimination process and of great importance to the environmental fate and risk, involves rather complicated physical and chemical processes of excited molecules. Herein, we systematically studied the photophysical and photochemical processes of a widely used antibiotic, namely sulfapyridine. By means of density functional theory (DFT) computations, we examined the rate constants and the competition of both photophysical and photochemical processes, elucidated the photochemical reaction mechanism, calculated reaction quantum yield (Φ) based on both photophysical and photochemical processes, and subsequently estimated the photodegradation rate constant...
October 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145103/gold-chlorophyll-a-hybrid-nanoparticles-and-chlorophyll-a-cetyltrimethylammonium-chloride-self-assembled-suprastructures-as-novel-carriers-for-chlorophyll-a-delivery-in-water-medium-photoactivity-and-photostability
#9
Vito Rizzi, Davide Vurro, Tiziana Placido, Paola Fini, Andrea Petrella, Paola Semeraro, Pinalysa Cosma
The stability of Chlorophyll a in water during prolonged exposure, at room temperature, to a neon lamp has been investigated by means of UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies. In addition, the Chlorophyll a (photo)stability evaluation in presence of suitable carriers has been performed in order to investigate its reactivity under the same conditions, for possible and future applications in Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy. Cetyltrimethylammonium chloride was chosen to solubilize Chlorophyll a in water. While, cetyltrimethylammonium chloride-capped gold nanoparticles offer a great opportunity because combine the Chlorophyll a action, used as a photosensitizer in Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy, with gold nanoparticles effect used in photothermal therapy...
November 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145072/pyridoxamine-driven-selective-turn-off-detection-of-picric-acid-using-glutathione-stabilized-fluorescent-copper-nanoclusters-and-its-applications-with-chemically-modified-cellulose-strips
#10
Ravi Patel, Shilpa Bothra, Rajender Kumar, Guido Crisponi, Suban K Sahoo
The present work reports the interaction of various vitamin B6 cofactors with the red emitting glutathione stabilized copper nanoclusters (GSH-CuNCs). Addition of pyridoxamine (PM) resulted a new turn-on band at 410nm due to the possible adsorption over the surface of GSH-CuNCs. The nano-assembly PM-GSH-CuNCs was applied for the selective detection of nitro-aromatic compounds. Upon addition of picric acid (PA), the fluorescence of PM-GSH-CuNCs was selectively quenched at 410nm and ~ 625nm among the other tested nitro-aromatic compounds...
November 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145059/binding-of-naringin-and-naringenin-with-hen-egg-white-lysozyme-a-spectroscopic-investigation-and-molecular-docking-study
#11
Sourav Das, Pooja Ghosh, Sudipta Koley, Atanu Singha Roy
The interactions of naringenin (NG) and naringin (NR) with Hen Egg White Lysozyme (HEWL) in aqueous medium have been investigated using UV-vis spectroscopy, steady-state fluorescence, circular dichroism (CD), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and molecular docking analyses. Both NG and NR can quench the intrinsic fluorescence of HEWL via static quenching mechanism. At 300K, the value of binding constant (Kb) of HEWL-NG complex (5.596±0.063×10(4)M(-1)) was found to be greater than that of HEWL-NR complex (3...
November 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145039/a-first-in-human-phase-i-study-of-sar125844-a-selective-met-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumours-with-met-amplification
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Eric Angevin, Gianluca Spitaleri, Jordi Rodon, Katia Dotti, Nicolas Isambert, Stefania Salvagni, Victor Moreno, Sylvie Assadourian, Corinne Gomez, Marzia Harnois, Antoine Hollebecque, Analia Azaro, Alice Hervieu, Karim Rihawi, Filippo De Marinis
PURPOSE: Dysregulated MET signalling is implicated in oncogenesis. The safety and preliminary efficacy of a highly selective MET kinase inhibitor (SAR125844) was investigated in patients with advanced solid tumours and MET dysregulation. METHODS: This was a phase I dose-escalation (3 + 3 design [50-740 mg/m(2)]) and dose-expansion study. In the dose escalation, patients had high total MET (t-MET) expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or MET amplification by fluorescence in situ hybridisation...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145009/sperm-morphology-of-predatory-pirate-bugs-amphiareus-constrictus-and-blaptostethus-pallescens-heteroptera-anthocoridae-with-phylogenetic-inferences
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Aline Beatriz Reis Santos, José Lino-Neto
The sperm morphology of two predatory bugs Amphiareus constrictus and Blaptostethus pallescens, representing the tribes Dufouriellini and Blasptostethini, respectively, was described using light and transmission electron microscopy. The spermatozoa of Amphiareus constrictus and Blaptostethus pallescens are fine and long, each measuring 216.6μm and 181.0μm in length, of which 37.0μm and 11.6μm, respectively, comprise the nuclei. When stained with DAPI (for DNA), the posterior half of the nucleus in B. pallescens exhibited low fluorescence, while in A...
November 11, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144760/multi-spectroscopic-and-theoretical-exploration-on-the-comparative-binding-aspects-of-the-bio-flavonoid-fisetin-with-triple-and-double-helical-forms-of-rna
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Sutanwi Bhuiya, Lucy Haque, Rapti Goswami, Suman Das
The interactions of RNA triplex (U.A*U) and duplex (A.U) with the naturally occurring flavonoid fisetin (FTN) have been examined at pH 7.0 using various spectroscopic, viscometric and theoretical studies. Experimental observations showed that the ligand binds with both double and triple helical forms of RNA, although the binding affinity is greater for the triplex structure (5.94106 M-1) compared to the duplex counterpart (1.0105 M-1). Thermal melting experiments revealed that the Hoogsteen base paired third strand of triplex was stabilized to a greater extent (~14 C) compared to the Watson-Crick base paired second strand (~4 C) in presence of FTN...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144748/chemical-modification-for-proteolytic-stabilization-of-the-selective-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-integrin-rgdechi-peptide-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activities-on-malignant-melanoma-cells
#15
Daniela Comegna, Antonella Zannetti, Annarita Del Gatto, Ivan de Paola, Luigi Russo, Sonia Di Gaetano, Annamaria Liguoro, Domenica Capasso, Michele Saviano, Laura Zaccaro
Herein we report the synthesis and biological characterization of the novel peptide ψRGDechi as the first step towards novel targeted theranostics in melanoma. This pseudo-peptide is designed from our previously reported RGDechi peptide, known to bind selectively αvβ3 integrin, and differs for a modified amide bond at the main protease cleavage site. This chemical modification drastically reduces the enzymatic degradation in serum, compared to its parental peptide, resulting in an overall magnification of the biological activity on a highly expressing αvβ3 human metastatic melanoma cell line...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144742/successful-identification-of-cardiac-troponin-calcium-sensitizers-using-a-combination-of-virtual-screening-and-roc-analysis-of-known-troponin-c-binders
#16
Melanie L Aprahamian, Svetlana B Tikunova, Morgan V Price, Andres F Cuesta, Jonathan P Davis, Steffen Lindert
Calcium-dependent cardiac muscle contraction is regulated by the protein complex troponin. Calcium binds to the N-terminal domain of troponin C (cNTnC) which initiates the process of contraction. Heart failure is a consequence of a disruption of this process. With the prevalence of this condition, a strong need exists to find novel compounds to increase the calcium sensitivity of cNTnC. Desirable are small chemical molecules that bind to the interface between cTnC and the cTnI switch peptide and exhibit calcium sensitizing properties by possibly stabilizing cTnC in an open conformation...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144741/spiro-bodipys-with-a-diaryl-chelate-impact-on-aggregation-and-luminescence
#17
Kang Yuan, Xiang Wang, Soren K Mellerup, Igor Kozin, Suning Wang
New spiro-BODIPYs with a diaryl chelate unit have been obtained. Crystal structural analysis reveals that the spiro-structures facilitate J-stacking involving the BODIPY core in the solid state. The new BODIPYs form J-aggregates in methanol-water solvent mixture and are brightly emissive in the solid state. The diaryl chelate unit has a significant impact on J-aggregates and fluorescence of BODIPYs.
November 16, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144737/infant-and-adult-inhalation-exposure-to-resuspended-biological-particulate-matter
#18
Tianren Wu, Martin Taubel, Rauno Holopainen, Anna-Kaisa Viitanen, Sinikka Vainiotalo, Timo Tuomi, Jorma Keskinen, Anne Hyvärinen, Kaarle Hämeri, Sampo Saari, Brandon Boor
Human-induced resuspension of floor dust is a dynamic process that can serve as a major indoor source of biological particulate matter (bioPM). Inhalation exposure to the microbial content of indoor dust is associated with adverse and protective health effects. This study evaluates infant and adult inhalation exposures and respiratory tract deposited dose rates of resuspended bioPM from carpets. Chamber experiments were conducted with a robotic crawling infant and an adult performing a walking sequence. Breathing zone (BZ) size distributions of resuspended fluorescent biological aerosol particles (FBAPs), a bioPM proxy, were monitored in real-time...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144732/ratiometric-detection-of-intracellular-lysine-and-ph-with-one-pot-synthesized-dual-emissive-carbon-dots
#19
Wei Song, Wenxiu Duan, Yinghua Liu, Zhongju Ye, Yonglei Chen, Hongli Chen, Shengda Qi, Jiang Wu, Dan Liu, Lehui Xiao, Cuiling Ren, Xingguo Chen
Recently, the development of new fluorescent probes for the ratiometric detection of target objects inside living cells has received great attention. Normally, the preparation, modification as well as conjugation procedures of these probes are complicated. On this basis, great efforts have been paid to establish convenient method for the preparation of dual emissive nanosensor. In this work, a functional dual emissive carbon dots (dCDs) was prepared by a one-pot hydrothermal carbonization method. The dCDs exhibits two distinctive fluorescence emission peaks at 440 and 624 nm with the excitation at 380 nm...
November 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144729/an-optical-nanoantenna-for-single-molecule-based-detection-of-zika-virus-nucleic-acids-without-molecular-multiplication
#20
Sarah Elisabeth Ochmann, Carolin Vietz, Kateryna Trofymchuk, Guillermo P Acuna, Birka Lalkens, Philip Tinnefeld
Due to the limited signal-to-background ratio, molecular diagnostics requires molecular amplification of the target molecules or molecular signal amplification after target recognition. For direct molecular detection, we demonstrate a purely physical fluorescence enhancement process which can elevate the fluorescence signal of single fluorescent dyes by several orders of magnitude. To this end, DNA origami-based optical antennas with a height of around 125 nm are used, which utilize metallic nanoparticles to create a hotspot where fluorescence signals are enhanced by plasmonic effects...
November 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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