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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088110/highly-sensitive-detection-of-cysteine-over-glutathione-and-homo-cysteine-new-insight-into-the-michael-addition-of-mercapto-group-to-maleimide
#1
Zhaoyang Chen, Qian Sun, Yuhua Yao, Xiaoxiang Fan, Weibing Zhang, Junhong Qian
A fluorescence "off-on" probe CMP for thiols was designed with coumarin as the fluorophore and maleimide as the receptor. The fluorescence of the coumarin was quenched through photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from the fluorophore to maleimide group. The Michael addition of the mercapto group toward maleimide formed a thioether with relatively weak fluorescence. The intramolecular nucleophilic substitution of amino group in cysteine (Cys) to alkylthio produced a much stronger fluorescent amino adduct, which was supported by UPLC-MS and NMR titration...
January 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088095/chemoreceptor-based-signal-sensing
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REVIEW
Miguel A Matilla, Tino Krell
Chemoreceptors are at the beginning of chemosensory signaling cascades that correspond to a major signal transduction mechanism. Chemoreceptors show a significant structural diversity of their ligand binding domains which present either a mono-modular or bi-modular arrangement. Although the majority of chemoreceptors are of unknown function, significant progress has been made in recent years in their functional annotation, which is reviewed here. In vitro ligand binding studies to recombinant ligand binding domains proved to be an efficient strategy to identify chemoreceptor functions...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088093/miniaturized-and-integrated-whole-cell-living-bacterial-sensors-in-field-applicable-autonomous-devices
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REVIEW
Clémence Roggo, Jan Roelof van der Meer
Live-cell based bioreporters are increasingly being deployed in microstructures, which facilitates their handling and permits the development of instruments that could perform autonomous environmental monitoring. Here we review recent developments of on-chip integration of live-cell bioreporters, the coupling of their reporter signal to the devices, their longer term preservation and multi-analyte capacity. We show examples of instruments that have attempted to fully integrate bioreporters as their sensing elements...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088076/in%C3%A2-vivo-visualization-of-endogenous-mir-21-using-hyaluronic-acid-coated-graphene-oxide-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
#4
Do Won Hwang, Han Young Kim, Fangyuan Li, Ji Yong Park, Dohyun Kim, Jae Hyung Park, Hwa Seung Han, Jung Woo Byun, Yun-Sang Lee, Jae Min Jeong, Kookheon Char, Dong Soo Lee
Oncogene-targeted nucleic acid therapy has been spotlighted as a new paradigm for cancer therapeutics. However, in vivo delivery issues and uncertainty of therapeutic antisense drug reactions remain critical hurdles for a successful targeted cancer therapy. In this study, we developed a fluorescence-switchable theranostic nanoplatform using hyaluronic acid (HA)-conjugated graphene oxide (GO), which is capable of both sensing oncogenic miR-21 and inhibiting its tumorigenicity simultaneously. Cy3-labeled antisense miR-21 peptide nucleic acid (PNA) probes loaded onto HA-GO (HGP21) specifically targeted CD44-positive MBA-MB231 cells and showed fluorescence recovery by interacting with endogenous miR-21 in the cytoplasm of the MBA-MB231 cells...
December 31, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087991/an-exceptionally-selective-dna-cooperatively-binding-two-ca2-ions
#5
Wenhu Zhou, Runjhun Saran, Po-Jung Jimmy Huang, Jinsong Ding, Juewen Liu
Ca2+ is a highly important metal ion in biology and in the environment, leading to extensive work in developing sensors for Ca2+ detection. While many Ca2+ binding proteins are known, few nucleic acids can selectively bind Ca2+. DNA-based biosensors are attractive for its high stability and excellent programmability. Herein, we report a RNA-cleaving DNAzyme named EtNa cooperatively binding two Ca2+ ions but only one Mg2+. Four DNAzymes with known Ca2+-dependent activity were compared, and the EtNa has the best selectivity...
January 14, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087939/dendritic-cells-in-the-immune-system-history-lineages-tissues-tolerance-and-immunity
#6
Jonathan M Austyn
The aim of this review is to provide a coherent framework for understanding dendritic cells (DCs). It has seven sections. The introduction provides an overview of the immune system and essential concepts, particularly for the nonspecialist reader. Next, the "History" section outlines the early evolution of ideas about DCs and highlights some sources of confusion that still exist today. The "Lineages" section then focuses on five different populations of DCs: two subsets of "classical" DCs, plasmacytoid DCs, monocyte-derived DCs, and Langerhans cells...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087932/the-complexity-of-fungal-vision
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Reinhard Fischer, Jesus Aguirre, Alfredo Herrera-Estrella, Luis M Corrochano
Life, as we know it, would not be possible without light. Light is not only a primary source of energy, but also an important source of information for many organisms. To sense light, only a few photoreceptor systems have developed during evolution. They are all based on an organic molecule with conjugated double bonds that allows energy transfer from visible (or UV) light to its cognate protein to translate the primary physical photoresponse to cell-biological actions. The three main classes of receptors are flavin-based blue-light, retinal-based green-light (such as rhodopsin), and linear tetrapyrrole-based red-light sensors...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087794/bouncing-back-resilience-and-mastery-among-hiv-positive-older-gay-and-bisexual-men
#8
Charles A Emlet, Chengshi Shiu, Hyun-Jun Kim, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: Adults with HIV infection are living into old age. It is critical we investigate positive constructs such as resilience and mastery to determine factors associated with psychological well-being. We examine HIV-related factors, adverse conditions, and psychosocial characteristics that are associated with resilience (the ability to bounce back) and mastery (sense of self-efficacy). DESIGN AND METHODS: We analyzed 2014 data from the longitudinal study Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS), focusing on a subsample of 335 gay and bisexual older men...
February 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087621/the-hook-region-of-voltage-gated-ca2-channel-%C3%AE-subunits-senses-and-transmits-pip2-signals-to-the-gate
#9
Cheon-Gyu Park, Yongsoo Park, Byung-Chang Suh
The β subunit of voltage-gated Ca(2+) (CaV) channels plays an important role in regulating gating of the α1 pore-forming subunit and its regulation by phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2). Subcellular localization of the CaV β subunit is critical for this effect; N-terminal-dependent membrane targeting of the β subunit slows inactivation and decreases PIP2 sensitivity. Here, we provide evidence that the HOOK region of the β subunit plays an important role in the regulation of CaV biophysics. Based on amino acid composition, we broadly divide the HOOK region into three domains: S (polyserine), A (polyacidic), and B (polybasic)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087336/oleate-induces-katp-channel-dependent-hyperpolarisation-in-mouse-hypothalamic-glucose-excited-neurones-without-altering-cellular-energy-charge
#10
Selma Dadak, Craig Beall, Julia M Vlachaki Walker, Marc Pm Soutar, Rory J McCrimmon, Michael L J Ashford
The unsaturated fatty acid, oleate exhibits anorexigenic properties reducing food intake and hepatic glucose output. However, its mechanism of action in the hypothalamus has not been fully determined. This study investigated the effects of oleate and glucose on GT1-7 mouse hypothalamic cells (a model of glucose-excited (GE) neurones) and mouse arcuate nucleus (ARC) neurones. Whole-cell and perforated patch-clamp recordings, immunoblotting and cell energy status measures were used to investigate oleate and glucose sensing properties of mouse hypothalamic neurones...
January 9, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086963/near-infrared-spectroscopy-for-body-fat-sensing-in-neonates-quantitative-analysis-by-gamos-simulations
#11
Fatin Hamimi Mustafa, Peter W Jones, Alistair L McEwan
BACKGROUND: Under-nutrition in neonates is closely linked to low body fat percentage. Undernourished neonates are exposed to immediate mortality as well as unwanted health impacts in their later life including obesity and hypertension. One potential low cost approach for obtaining direct measurements of body fat is near-infrared (NIR) interactance. The aims of this study were to model the effect of varying volume fractions of melanin and water in skin over NIR spectra, and to define sensitivity of NIR reflection on changes of thickness of subcutaneous fat...
January 11, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086889/hybrid-brain-computer-interface-for-biomedical-cyber-physical-system-application-using-wireless-embedded-eeg-systems
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Rifai Chai, Ganesh R Naik, Sai Ho Ling, Hung T Nguyen
BACKGROUND: One of the key challenges of the biomedical cyber-physical system is to combine cognitive neuroscience with the integration of physical systems to assist people with disabilities. Electroencephalography (EEG) has been explored as a non-invasive method of providing assistive technology by using brain electrical signals. METHODS: This paper presents a unique prototype of a hybrid brain computer interface (BCI) which senses a combination classification of mental task, steady state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) and eyes closed detection using only two EEG channels...
January 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086264/structural-insights-into-the-redox-sensing-mechanism-of-marr-type-regulator-abfr
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Guijie Liu, Xing Liu, Hongjiao Xu, Xichun Liu, Hu Zhou, Zhen Huang, Jianhua Gan, Hao Chen, Lefu Lan, Cai-Guang Yang
As a master redox-sensing MarR-family transcriptional regulator, AbfR participates in oxidative stress responses and virulence regulations in Staphylococcus epidermidis. Here, we present structural insights into the DNA-binding mechanism of AbfR in different oxidation states by determining the X-ray crystal structures of a reduced-AbfR/DNA complex, an overoxidized (Cys13-SO2H and Cys13-SO3H) AbfR/DNA, and 2-disulfide cross-linked AbfR dimer. Together with biochemical analyses, our results suggest that the redox regulation of AbfR-sensing displays two novel features: i) the reversible disulfide modification, but not the irreversible overoxidation, significantly abolishes the DNA-binding ability of the AbfR repressor; ii) either 1-disulfide cross-linked or 2-disulfide cross-linked AbfR dimer is biologically significant...
January 13, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081492/hassle-free-synthesis-of-nanodimensional-ni-cu-and-zn-sulfides-for-spectral-sensing-of-hg-cd-and-pb-a-comparative-study
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Zarina Ansari, Shib Shankar Singha, Abhijit Saha, Kamalika Sen
A simple room temperature synthesis method of Ni, Cu and Zn sulfide nanoparticles (NPs) in aqueous medium is reported here. The NPs stabilized in aqueous medium by the citrate ions were characterized by UV-vis, ζ potentials, TEM and Raman spectroscopic techniques. The solid NPs could be isolated from the aqueous medium when allowed to stand for a prolonged time (~20h). The solids were also characterized by IR and powder X-ray analysis. The nanoparticles were further used for the development of facile optical sensing and detection of heavy metal ions at trace scale...
January 4, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081473/cortisol-extraction-through-human-skin-by-reverse-iontophoresis
#15
Stephanie A Ventura, Jason Heikenfeld, Tiffany Brooks, Leyla Esfandiari, Steven Boyce, Yoonjee Park, Gerald B Kasting
Continuous monitoring of cortisol at the surface of the skin would advance the diagnosis and treatment of cortisol-related diseases, or of elevated cortisol levels related to stress in otherwise healthy populations. Reliable and accurate detection of cortisol at the skin surface remains a limiting factor in real-time monitoring of cortisol. To address this limitation, cortisol extraction through excised human skin by reverse iontophoresis was studied in vitro in side-by-side diffusion cells using a radiolabeled probe...
December 28, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081116/the-sharing-experimental-animal-resources-coordinating-holdings-search-framework-encouraging-reduction-replacement-and-refinement-in-animal-research
#16
Bethny Morrissey, Karen Blyth, Phil Carter, Claude Chelala, Louise Jones, Ingunn Holen, Valerie Speirs
While significant medical breakthroughs have been achieved through using animal models, our experience shows that often there is surplus material remaining that is frequently never revisited but could be put to good use by other scientists. Recognising that most scientists are willing to share this material on a collaborative basis, it makes economic, ethical, and academic sense to explore the option to utilise this precious resource before generating new/additional animal models and associated samples. To bring together those requiring animal tissue and those holding this type of archival material, we have devised a framework called Sharing Experimental Animal Resources, Coordinating Holdings (SEARCH) with the aim of making remaining material derived from animal studies in biomedical research more visible and accessible to the scientific community...
January 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081095/high-spatial-resolution-distributed-optical-fiber-dynamic-strain-sensor-with-enhanced-frequency-and-strain-resolution
#17
Ali Masoudi, Trevor P Newson
A distributed optical fiber dynamic strain sensor with high spatial and frequency resolution is demonstrated. The sensor, which uses the ϕ-OTDR interrogation technique, exhibited a higher sensitivity thanks to an improved optical arrangement and a new signal processing procedure. The proposed sensing system is capable of fully quantifying multiple dynamic perturbations along a 5 km long sensing fiber with a frequency and spatial resolution of 5 Hz and 50 cm, respectively. The strain resolution of the sensor was measured to be 40 nε...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081086/random-sources-for-rotating-spectral-densities
#18
Zhangrong Mei, Olga Korotkova
The propagating modes of a wide-sense stationary Schell-like source with arbitrary coherence state and a twist factor are determined. This suggests a convenient practical method for modeling novel classes of twisted partially coherent beam-like fields. The first example discusses the previously introduced twisted anisotropic Gaussian Schell-model source and verifies the feasibility of this method. As a second example, we introduce a new type of twisted partially coherent beam in which a radiated flat-top average intensity pattern remains invariant in shape (but not size) while it twists around the axis upon propagation...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081071/small-period-long-period-fiber-grating-with-improved-refractive-index-sensitivity-and-dual-parameter-sensing-ability
#19
Fangcheng Shen, Changle Wang, Zhongyuan Sun, Kaiming Zhou, Lin Zhang, Xuewen Shu
We UV inscribe and characterize a long-period fiber grating with a period of 25 μm. A series of polarization-dependent dual-peak pairs can be seen in the transmission spectrum, even though only the symmetrical refractive index modification is introduced. The fabricated grating exhibits a lower temperature sensitivity compared with standard long-period gratings and an enhanced refractive index sensitivity of ∼312.5  nm/RIU averaged from 1.315 to 1.395, which is more than four-fold higher than standard long-period gratings in this range...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081003/fe-nitrilotriacetic-acid-coordination-polymer-nanowires-an-effective-sensing-platform-for-fluorescence-enhanced-nucleic-acid-detection
#20
Yunchun Zhou, Qian Liu, Xuping Sun, Rongmei Kong
The determination of specific nucleic acid sequences is key in identifying disease-causing pathogens and genetic diseases. In this paper we report the utilization of Fe-nitrilotriacetic acid coordination polymer nanowires as an effective nanoquencher for fluorescence-enhanced nucleic acid detection. The detection is fast and the whole process can be completed within 15 min. This nanosensor shows a low detection limit of 0.2 nM with selectivity down to single-base mismatch. This work provides us with an attractive sensing platform for applications...
January 12, 2017: Nanotechnology
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