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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550810/rigid-aromatic-linking-moiety-in-cationic-lipids-for-enhanced-gene-transfection-efficiency
#1
Bing Wang, Rui-Mo Zhao, Ji Zhang, Yan-Hong Liu, Zheng Huang, Qing-Ying Yu, Xiao-Qi Yu
Although numerous cationic lipids have been developed as non-viral gene vectors, the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of these materials remains unclear and needs further investigation. In this work, a series of lysine-derived cationic lipids containing linkages with different rigidity were designed and synthesized. SAR studies showed that lipids with rigid aromatic linkage could promote the formation of tight liposomes and enhance DNA condensation, which is essential for the gene delivery process. These lipids could give much higher transfection efficiency than those containing more flexible aliphatic linkage in various cell lines...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550757/serum-levels-of-peptide-cathelicidin-ll-37-in-elderly-patients-with-depression
#2
Elżbieta Kozłowska, Adam Wysokiński, Ewa Brzezińska-Błaszczyk
Cathelicidin LL-37 is a small cationic that plays an important role in antimicrobial defense, as it kills a broad spectrum of infectious agents by disrupting their membranes, including gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, some viruses and fungi; and it neutralizes activity of bacterial endotoxins. Moreover, cathelicidin LL-37 exerts proinflammatory effect, while numerous reports indicate the role of inflammation in the development of depression. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the circulating levels of cathelicidin LL-37 in elderly depressed patients...
May 22, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550752/intracellular-delivery-of-oligonucleotides-in-helicobacter-pylori-by-fusogenic-liposomes-in-the-presence-of-gastric-mucus
#3
Rita S Santos, George R Dakwar, Elisa Zagato, Toon Brans, Céu Figueiredo, Koen Raemdonck, Nuno F Azevedo, Stefaan C De Smedt, Kevin Braeckmans
The rising antimicrobial resistance contributes to 25000 annual deaths in Europe. This threat to the public health can only be tackled if novel antimicrobials are developed, combined with a more precise use of the currently available antibiotics through the implementation of fast, specific, diagnostic methods. Nucleic acid mimics (NAMs) that are able to hybridize intracellular bacterial RNA have the potential to become such a new class of antimicrobials and additionally could serve as specific detection probes...
May 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550748/mineral-mineral-particle-collisions-during-flotation-remove-adsorbed-nanoparticle-flotation-collectors
#4
Xiaofei Dong, Marie Price, Zongfu Dai, Manqiu Xu, Robert Pelton
Flotation of 43μm diameter, hydrophilic glass beads with hydrophobic cationic polystyrene nanoparticle flotation collectors revealed that bead-bead collisions during conditioning and flotation caused the irreversible abrasion of the adsorbed nanoparticles. The abraded particles were present in the suspension as large aggregates. Nanoparticle abrasion explains why small polystyrene particles are more effective than larger ones, and why, much higher dosages of larger nanoparticles are required for the same flotation performance...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550747/investigation-of-solvation-of-iron-nanoclusters-in-ionic-liquid-1-butyl-1-1-1-trimethylammonium-methane-sulfonate-using-molecular-dynamics-simulations-effect-of-cluster-size-at-different-temperatures
#5
Mohsen Abbaspour, Hamed Akbarzadeh, Parnian Yousefi, Mohammad Razmkhah
The systems composed of metal nanoclusters in ionic liquids are relevant for applications in lubrication, electrochemical devices, catalysis, and chemical processes. The mechanism of solvation and interactions of these systems are not understood at present. In this work, we have simulated iron nanoclusters with different sizes in ionic liquid 1-butyl-1,1,1-trimethylammonium methane sulfonate [N1114][C1SO3] at two temperatures (300 and 500K) and at atmospheric pressure. We have investigated the effects of cluster size and the temperature on some of the thermodynamics, structural and dynamical properties of the systems...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550595/clinical-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-colistin
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REVIEW
Nicolas Grégoire, Vincent Aranzana-Climent, Sophie Magréault, Sandrine Marchand, William Couet
In this review, we provide an updated summary on colistin pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Colistin is an old molecule that is frequently used as last-line treatment for infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Colistin is a decapeptide administered either as a prodrug, colistin methanesulfonate (CMS), when used intravenously, or as colistin sulfate when used orally. Because colistin binds to laboratory materials, many experimental issues are raised and studies on colistin can be tricky...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550295/effects-of-protein-corona-on-iapp-amyloid-aggregation-fibril-remodelling-and-cytotoxicity
#7
Emily H Pilkington, Yanting Xing, Bo Wang, Aleksandr Kakinen, Miaoyi Wang, Thomas P Davis, Feng Ding, Pu Chun Ke
Aggregation of islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a peptide hormone co-synthesized and co-stored with insulin in pancreatic cells and also co-secreted to the circulation, is associated with beta-cell death in type-2 diabetes (T2D). In T2D patients IAPP is found aggregating in the extracellular space of the islets of Langerhans. Although the physiological environments of these intra- and extra-cellular compartments and vascular systems significantly differ, the presence of proteins is ubiquitous but the effects of protein binding on IAPP aggregation are largely unknown...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550293/stochastic-sensing-of-angiotensin-ii-with-lysenin-channels
#8
Nisha Shrestha, Sheenah L Bryant, Christopher Thomas, Devon Richtsmeier, Xinzhu Pu, Juliette Tinker, Daniel Fologea
The ability of pore-forming proteins to interact with various analytes has found vast applicability in single molecule sensing and characterization. In spite of their abundance in organisms from all kingdoms of life, only a few pore-forming proteins have been successfully reconstituted in artificial membrane systems for sensing purposes. Lysenin, a pore-forming toxin extracted from the earthworm E. fetida, inserts large conductance nanopores in lipid membranes containing sphingomyelin. Here we show that single lysenin channels may function as stochastic nanosensors by allowing the short cationic peptide angiotensin II to be electrophoretically driven through the conducting pathway...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549971/tpp-dendrimer-nanocarriers-for-sirna-delivery-to-the-pulmonary-epithelium-and-their-dry-powder-and-metered-dose-inhaler-formulations
#9
Elizabeth Bielski, Qian Zhong, Hamad Mirza, Matthew Brown, Ashura Molla, Teresa Carvajal, Sandro R P da Rocha
The regulation of genes utilizing the RNA interference (RNAi) mechanism via the delivery of synthetic siRNA has great potential in the treatment of a variety of lung diseases. However, the delivery of siRNA to the lungs is challenging due to the poor bioavailability siRNA when delivered intraveneously, and difficulty in formulating and maintaining the activity of free siRNA when delivered directly to the lungs using inhalation devices. The use of non-viral vectors such as cationic dendrimers can help enhance the stability of siRNA and its delivery to the cell cytosol...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549677/enhanced-expression-of-organic-cation-transporters-in-bronchial-epithelial-cell-layers-following-insults-associated-with-asthma-impact-on-salbutamol-transport
#10
M Mukherjee, E Cingolani, D I Pritchard, C Bosquillon
Increasing evidence suggests Organic Cation Transporters (OCT) might facilitate the absorption of inhaled bronchodilators, including salbutamol, across the lung epithelium. This is essentially scarred and inflamed in asthma. Accordingly, the impact of epithelial insults relevant to asthma on OCT expression and salbutamol transport was evaluated in air-liquid interfaced layers of the human broncho-epithelial cell line Calu-3. These were physically injured and allowed to recover for 48h or exposed to the pro-inflammatory stimulant lipopolysaccharide (LPS) for 48h and the aeroallergen house dust mite (HDM) for 8h twice over 48h...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549569/trpm-channels-as-potential-therapeutic-targets-against-pro-inflammatory-diseases
#11
REVIEW
Susanna Zierler, Sarah Hampe, Wiebke Nadolni
The immune system protects our body against foreign pathogens. However, if it overshoots or turns against itself, pro-inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, or diabetes develop. Ions, the most basic signaling molecules, shape intracellular signaling cascades resulting in immune cell activation and subsequent immune responses. Mutations in ion channels required for calcium signaling result in human immunodeficiencies and highlight those ion channels as valued targets for therapies against pro-inflammatory diseases...
May 3, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549244/ll-37-induced-human-mast-cell-activation-through-g-protein-coupled-receptor-mrgx2
#12
Yangyang Yu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yarui Zhang, Yihong Lai, Wenwen Chen, Zhangang Xiao, Wei Zhang, Meiling Jin, Bo Yu
Human LL-37 is an important class of cationic antimicrobial peptide (CAP) that is known to stimulate mast cell activation. While many studies have been conducted on LL-37, to date little is known about the functional receptors for LL-37-induced human mast cell activation, in particular in terms of the release of de novo synthesized mediators. Thus, the aim of the present study is to identify the functional receptors for LL-37-induced human mast cell activation in terms of the degranulation and release of de novo synthesized mediators and investigate the downstream signalling pathways involved in mast cell activation...
May 23, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549093/autoantibodies-in-melanoma-associated-retinopathy-recognize-an-epitope-conserved-between-trpm1-and-trpm3
#13
Robert M Duvoisin, Tammie L Haley, Gaoying Ren, Iwona Strycharska-Orczyk, James P Bonaparte, Catherine W Morgans
Purpose: Melanoma-associated retinopathy (MAR) is a paraneoplastic syndrome associated with malignant melanoma and the presence of anti-retinal autoantibodies, including autoantibodies against transient receptor potential melanopsin 1 (TRPM1), a cation channel expressed by both melanocytes and retinal bipolar cells. The goal of this study was to further map the antigenic epitope. Methods: Patient sera were tested by immunofluorescence and Western blotting on HEK293 cells transfected with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)-TRPM1 fusion constructs and mouse retina sections...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548895/non-canonical-functions-of-claudin-proteins-beyond-the-regulation-of-cell-cell-adhesions
#14
Susan J Hagen
Tight junctions form a barrier to the diffusion of apical and basolateral membrane proteins thus regulating membrane polarity. They also regulate the paracellular movement of ions and water across epithelial and endothelial cells so that functionally they constitute an important permselective barrier. Permselectivity at tight junctions is regulated by claudins, which confer anion or cation permeability, and tightness or leakiness, by forming several highly regulated pores within the apical tight junction complex...
May 19, 2017: Tissue Barriers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548829/fused-pentagon-configuration-dependent-electron-transfer-of-monotitanium-encapsulated-fullerenes
#15
Jing-Shuang Dang, Wei-Wei Wang, Jia-Jia Zheng, Xiang Zhao, Shigeru Nagase
We introduce monotitanium-based endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFs) using density functional theory calculations. Isomeric C64 fullerenes are initially employed as hosts, and Ti@C64 species show novel features on the electronic structures. Energetically, the preference of titanium residing on triple-fused-pentagon subunits is proposed in theory. More importantly, different from current knowledge on mono-EMFs, electron transfer between titanium and carbon cages is not unified but is essentially dependent on the pentagon distribution of the binding sites, giving rise to variations of the cationic titanium of Ti@C64...
May 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548663/flp-reactivity-of-ph3c-and-o-tolyl-3p-and-the-capture-of-a-staudinger-reaction-intermediate
#16
Jiliang Zhou, Levy L Cao, Liu Leo Liu, Douglas W Stephan
The frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) derived from the trityl cation and (o-tolyl)3P effects the activation of 1,4-cyclohexadiene and 1-bromo-4-ethynylbenzene and heterolytically cleaves the S-S bond of diphenyl disulfide. The FLP also captures pentafluorophenyl azide as the Staudinger reaction intermediate, a species that reacts with Ph3SiH to give the silyl analog.
May 26, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548501/structure-and-properties-of-sodium-enneaborate-na2-b8o11-oh-4-%C3%A2-b-oh-3%C3%A2-2h2o
#17
Doinita Neiner, Yulia V Sevryugina, Larry S Harrower, David M Schubert
Millions of tons of sodium borates are used annually by global industries in diverse applications important to modern society. The Na2O-B2O3-H2O phase diagram in the 0-100 °C temperature range contains 13 unique hydrated crystalline sodium borates, including five important industrial products. Structures were previously reported for each of these except for that having the highest boron content, known as sodium enneaborate, Na4B18O29·11H2O or 2Na2O·9B2O3·11H2O (1). Here we report the single-crystal structure of 1, revealing the structural formula Na2[B8O11(OH)4]·B(OH)3·2H2O, and describe some of its properties and relationships to other sodium borates...
May 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548493/three-dimensional-fe-ii-mo-iii-cn-7-4-magnets-with-ordering-below-65-k-and-distinct-topologies-induced-by-cation-identity
#18
Dong-Qing Wu, David Kempe, Yan Zhou, Lin-Dan Deng, Dong Shao, Xiao-Qin Wei, Le Shi, Kim R Dunbar, Xin-Yi Wang
Two cyanide-bridged compounds based on the Fe(II) cation and the anisotropic [Mo(III)(CN)7](4-) anion, namely, {Fe2(H2O)5[Mo(CN)7]·5H2O}n (1) and {[NH2(CH3)2]2Fe5(H2O)10[Mo(CN)7]3·8H2O}n (2), have been prepared. Single crystal X-ray analyses revealed that their structures exhibit different three-dimensional topologies as a result of the addition of [NH2(CH3)2](+) during the synthesis of 2. For both 1 and 2, the geometry of the [Mo(CN)7](4-) unit is a slightly distorted capped trigonal prism; all Fe(II) centers are hexacoordinate and adopt a distorted octahedral configuration...
May 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548370/current-state-of-a-dual-behavior-of-antimicrobial-peptides-therapeutic-agents-and-promising-delivery-vectors
#19
REVIEW
Urszula Piotrowska, Marcin Sobczak, Ewa Oledzka
Microorganism resistance is an important challenge in modern medicine due to the global uncontrolled use of antibiotics. Natural and synthetic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) symbolize a new family of antibiotics, which have stimulated research and clinical interest as new therapeutic options for infections. They represent one of the most promising antimicrobial substances, due to their broad spectrum of biological activity, against bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, yeast and even tumour cells. Besides, being antimicrobial, AMPs have been shown to bind and neutralize bacterial endotoxins, as well as possess immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, angiogenic and antitumour properties...
May 26, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548314/scorpionate-complexes-of-aza-18-crown-6-containing-fluoronitrophenyl-substituents-as-studied-by-esi-ms
#20
Rafał Frański, Magdalena Onyszkiewicz, Błażej Gierczyk
RATIONALE: Coordination of a metal cation by a nitro group is rare and the interaction between them is usually weak. Examples of complexes in which such an interaction takes place are metal complexes of cyclams containing nitrophenyl or nitrobenzyl substituents. It seemed to be interesting to check if in the complexes of respective crown ether conjugates the interaction can also take place. METHODS: We synthesized the respective conjugates of aza-18-crown-6, namely fluoro-substituted N-nitrophenylaza-18C6 conjugates...
May 26, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
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