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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145649/single-molecule-compaction-of-megabase-long-chromatin-molecules-by-multivalent-cations
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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/29145481/amiloride-enhanced-gene-transfection-of-octa-arginine-functionalized-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles
#2
Juan Ramón Vanegas Sáenz, Taichi Tenkumo, Yuya Kamano, Hiroshi Egusa, Keiichi Sasaki
Nanoparticles represent promising gene delivery systems in biomedicine to facilitate prolonged gene expression with low toxicity compared to viral vectors. Specifically, nanoparticles of calcium phosphate (nCaP), the main inorganic component of human bone, exhibit high biocompatibility and good biodegradability and have been reported to have high affinity for protein or DNA, having thus been used as gene transfer vectors. On the other hand, Octa-arginine (R8), which has a high permeability to cell membrane, has been reported to improve intracellular delivery systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145330/pathologic-femoral-fracture-due-to-tenofovir-induced-fanconi-syndrome-in-patient-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-a-case-report
#3
You-Sung Suh, Dong-Il Chun, Sung-Woo Choi, Hwan-Woong Lee, Jae-Hwi Nho, Soon-Hyo Kwon, Jae-Ho Cho, Sung Hun Won
RATIONALE: We report a case of a hepatitis B virus (HBV)-positive patient with preexisting bone disease who developed tenofovir-induced Fanconi syndrome and subsequently sustained pathologic fracture. To our best knowledge, this is the first report in the English literature about pathologic femoral fracture due to tenofovir-induced Fanconi syndrome in patient with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). The present report describes detailed our experience with the diagnosis of pathologic femoral fracture due to tenofovir-induced Fanconi syndrome and treatment...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145173/a-new-method-for-fast-extraction-and-determination-of-chlorophylls-in-natural-water
#4
Nianwei Qiu, Xiushun Wang, Feng Zhou
Algae collection and chlorophyll extraction are two troublesome steps in the traditional methods used for the determination of chlorophyll concentration in natural water. A new method was established in this study for fast collection and extraction of chlorophyll. Based on our results, the optimum centrifugation condition for collecting algae was determined as: 5000 g for 15 min at 4 °C, and the optimum dilution ratio of dimethyl sulfoxide: 90% acetone was 1:4. The specific steps were as follows: the algae in water samples were collected by centrifugation at 5000 g at 4 °C for 15 min...
November 16, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145151/vildagliptin-loaded-triangular-dna-nanospheres-coated-with-eudragit-for-oral-delivery-and-better-glycemic-control-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Mirza Muhammad Faran Ashraf Baig, Sara Khan, Muhammad Ahsan Naeem, Ghulam Jilany Khan, Muhammad Tayyab Ansari
Diabetes mellitus type 2 is a multidimensional disease associated with poor glycemic control through compromised sensitivity of pancreatic islet α and β cells against glucose and dwindled secretion of insulin which is linked with the quantity of incretin hormones that are abridged by dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) in diseased condition. Vildagliptin (VG) inhibits DPP-4 therefore regulates the incretins that conversely maintains glycemic control. The safe reach and absorption of VG from intestine was dubious...
November 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145141/characterizing-pollutant-emissions-from-mosquito-repellents-incenses-and-implications-in-risk-assessment-of-human-health
#6
Lina Wang, Xinran Zheng, Svetlana Stevanovic, Zhiyuan Xiang, Jing Liu, Huiwen Shi, Jing Liu, Mingzhou Yu, Chun Zhu
Mosquito-repellent incense is one of the most popular products used for dispelling mosquitos during summer in China. It releases large amounts of particulate and gaseous pollutants which constitute a potential hazard to human health. We conducted chamber experiment to characterize major pollutants from three types of mosquito-repellent incenses, further assessed the size-fractionated deposition in human respiratory system, and evaluated the indoor removing efficiency by fresh air. Results showed that the released pollutant concentrations were greater than permissible levels in regulations in GB3095-2012, as well as suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO)...
October 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145092/ionic-liquid-solvent-bar-micro-extraction-of-cdcln-n-2-species-for-ultra-trace-cd-determination-in-seawater
#7
Belén Herce-Sesa, José A López-López, Carlos Moreno
Water analysis of trace metals has been benefited by recent studies on sample preparation by liquid micro-extraction. However, there are still limitations for its application to seawater, such as the need of additives to preserve the sample or the availability of chemical extractants for the selective extraction from highly saline samples. In this work, a three phase solvent bar micro-extraction (3SBME) system containing the ionic liquid trioctylmethylammonium chloride (Aliquat(®) 336) has been used for isolation and pre-concentration of Cd from seawater samples, due to its ability for ionic exchange of CdCln((n-2)-)...
November 1, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144983/albumin-coordinated-assembly-of-clearable-platinum-nanodots-for-photo-induced-cancer-theranostics
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Yong'an Tang, Tao Yang, Qiaoli Wang, Xiaoyan Lv, Xue Song, Hengte Ke, Zhengqing Guo, Xiaoqing Huang, Jun Hu, Zifu Li, Peng Yang, Xiangliang Yang, Huabing Chen
Photoactive noble metal nanoparticles are of increasing importance toward personalized cancer therapy in the field of precision nanomedicine. A critical challenge remains in the exploration of clinically potential noble metal nanoparticles for highly efficient cancer theranostics. Here, we introduce albumin-coordinated assembly of clearable Pt nanodots (Pt-NDs) with monodisperse nanostructure as high-performance theranostic agents for imaging-guided photothermal tumor ablation. We precisely manipulate the reduction and growth of tetravalent Pt ions into ultrasmall nanodots through albumin-directed growth kinetics, thereby leading to the synthesis of monodisperse 6...
October 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144756/controlling-graphene-bio-interface-dispersions-in-animal-sera-for-enhanced-stability-and-reduced-toxicity
#9
Ajith Pattammattel, Paritosh Pande, Deepa Kuttappan, Megan Puglia, Ashis K Basu, Mary Amalaradjou, Challa V Kumar
Controlling the graphene-bio interface is important for biological applications of graphene, which is touted as the wonder material of the new century. Graphene samples made in animal sera indicated low toxicity to cells and nematodes, due to the adsorption of the serum proteins on the nascent graphene sheets. The graphite samples were exfoliated in 6 different animal sera, using three different methods, shear reactor, the kitchen blender and by ultrasonication, and maximum efficiency was noted with the kitchen blender...
November 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144755/holographic-plasmonic-nano-tweezers-for-dynamic-trapping-and-manipulation
#10
Preston R Huft, Joshua D Kolbow, Jonathan T Thweatt, Nathan C Lindquist
We demonstrate dynamic trapping and manipulation of nanoparticles with plasmonic holograms. By tailoring the illumination pattern of an incident light beam with a computer-controlled spatial light modulator, constructive and destructive interference of plasmon waves create a focused hotspot that can be moved across a surface. Specifically, a computer-generated hologram illuminating the perimeter of a silver Bull's Eye nanostructure generates surface plasmons that propagate towards the center. Shifting the phase of the plasmon waves as a function of space gives complete control over the location of the focus...
November 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144746/oxyprenylated-phenylpropanoids-bind-to-mt1-melatonin-receptors-and-inhibit-breast-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-migration
#11
Mahmud Hasan, Salvatore Genovese, Serena Fiorito, Francesco Epifano, Paula A Witt-Enderby
Oxyprenylated compounds (i.e., ferulic acid and coumarin derivatives) demonstrate neuroprotection and anticancer properties as reported in previous studies. We have tested the affinity of oxyprenylated ferulic acid (1-4) and umbelliferone derivatives (5-11) to melatonin receptors as well as their antiproliferation and antimigratory properties against breast cancer (BC) cell lines. All the compounds except for ferulic acid, boropinic acid, and umbelliferone had binding affinities to melatonin receptors in the nM to μM range, and both auraptene and umbellinprenin reduced BC cell proliferation and migration in phenotypically diverse BC including triple negative...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144745/high-efficiency-near-infrared-and-semitransparent-non-fullerene-acceptor-organic-photovoltaic-cells
#12
Yongxi Li, Jiu-Dong Lin, Xiaozhou Che, Yue Qu, Feng Liu, Liang-Sheng Liao, Stephen R Forrest
The absence of near-infrared (NIR) solar cells with high open circuit voltage (Voc) and external quantum efficiency (EQE) has impeded progress toward achieving organic photovoltaic (OPV) power conversion efficiency PCE > 15%. Here we report a small energy gap (1.3 eV), chlorinated nonfullerene acceptor-based solar cell with PCE = 11.2 ± 0.4%, short circuit current of 22.5 ± 0.6 mA cm(-2), Voc = 0.70 ± 0.01 V and fill factor of 0.71 ± 0.02, which is the highest performance reported to date for NIR single junction OPVs...
November 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144732/ratiometric-detection-of-intracellular-lysine-and-ph-with-one-pot-synthesized-dual-emissive-carbon-dots
#13
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/29144730/cancer-protrusions-on-a-tightrope-nanofiber-curvature-contrast-quantitates-single-protrusion-dynamics
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Brian Koons, Puja Sharma, Zhou Ye, Apratim Mukherjee, Meng Horng Lee, Denis Wirtz, Bahareh Behkam, Amrinder Singh Nain
Cell migration is studied with the traditional focus on protrusion driven cell body displacement, while less is known on morphodynamics of individual protrusions themselves, especially in fibrous environments mimicking extracellular matrix. Here, using suspended fibers, we report integrative and multiscale abilities to study protrusive behavior independent of cell body migration. By manipulating the diameter of fibers in orthogonal directions, we constrain cell migration along large diameter (2 µm) base fibers, while solely allowing cells to sense, initiate, and mature protrusions on orthogonally deposited high curvature-low diameter (~100, 200 and 600 nm) protrusive fibers and low-curvature (~300 and 600 nm width) protrusive flat ribbons...
November 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144729/an-optical-nanoantenna-for-single-molecule-based-detection-of-zika-virus-nucleic-acids-without-molecular-multiplication
#15
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144725/inhibition-of-acinetobacter-derived-cephalosporinase-adc-exploring-the-carboxylate-recognition-site-using-novel-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitors
#16
Emilia Caselli, Chiara Romagnoli, Rachel A Powers, Magdalena A Taracila, Alexandra A Bouza, Hollister C Swanson, Kali A Smolen, Francesco Fini, Bradley J Wallar, Robert A Bonomo, Fabio Prati
Boronic acids are attracting a lot of attention as -lactamase inhibitors, and in particular compound S02030 (Ki = 44 nM) proved to be a good lead compound against ADC-7 (Acinetobacter Derived Cephalosporinase), one of the most significant resistance determinants in A. baumannii. The atomic structure of the ADC-7/S02030 complex highlighted the importance of critical structural determinants for recognition of the boronic acids. Herein, to elucidate the role in recognition of the R2-carboxylate, which mimics the C3/C4 found in -lactams, we designed, synthesized, and characterized six derivatives of S02030 (3a)...
November 16, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144724/structure-based-analysis-of-boronic-acids-as-inhibitors-of-acinetobacter-derived-cephalosporinase-7-adc-7-a-unique-class-c-%C3%AE-lactamase
#17
Alexandra A Bouza, Hollister C Swanson, Kali A Smolen, Alison L VanDine, Magdalena A Taracila, Chiara Romagnoli, Emilia Caselli, Fabio Prati, Robert A Bonomo, Rachel A Powers, Bradley J Wallar
Acinetobacter baumannii is a multidrug resistant pathogen that infects more than 12,000 patients each year in the US. Much of the resistance to β-lactam antibiotics in Acinetobacter spp. is a result of class C β-lactamases known as Acinetobacter-derived cephalosporinases (ADCs). ADCs are unaffected by clinically used -lactam-based β-lactamase inhibitors. In this study, five boronic acid transition state analog inhibitors (BATSIs) were evaluated for inhibition of the class C cephalosporinase ADC-7. Our goal was to explore the properties of BATSIs designed to probe the R1 binding site...
November 16, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144722/transport-across-heterointerfaces-of-amorphous-niobium-oxide-and-crystallographically-oriented-epitaxial-germanium
#18
Mantu K Hudait, Michael Brian Clavel, Jheng-Sin Liu, Aheli Ghosh, Nikhil Jain, Robert J Bodnar
Due to the high carrier mobility of germanium (Ge) and high dielectric permittivity of amorphous niobium pentoxide (a-Nb2O5), Ge/a-Nb2O5 heterostructures offer several advantages for the rapidly developing field of oxide-semiconductor-based multifunctional devices. To this end, we investigation the growth, structural, band alignment, and metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) electrical properties of physical vapor deposited Nb2O5 on crystallographically oriented (100)Ge, (110), and (111)Ge epilayers. The as-deposited Nb2O5 dielectrics were found to be in the amorphous state, demonstrating an abrupt oxide/semiconductor heterointerface with respect to Ge, when examined via low- and high-magnification cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy...
November 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144595/evaluation-of-405-nm-monochromatic-light-for-inactivation-of-tulane-virus-on-blueberry-surfaces
#19
David Kingsley, Rafael E Perez-Perez, Glenn Boyd, Joseph Sites, Brendan A Niemira
AIM: The study aim was to evaluate the potential of 405 nm light as a virus intervention for blueberries. METHODS AND RESULTS: Tulane virus-inoculated-blueberries were treated with 4.2 mW/sq cm of 405 nm light for 5 to 30 min. To mitigate thermal heating due to the intense light, a dry ice-chilled nitrogen-based cooling system was utilized. Blueberries were rotated to ensure exposure of all surfaces to 405 light. Five, 10, and 30 min treatments resulted in little or no inactivation of Tulane virus on blueberries (average log reductions of -0...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144583/silicon-based-dielectric-metamaterials-focus-on-the-current-synthetic-challenges
#20
Maria Letizia De Marco, Sanaa Semlali, Brian A Korgel, Philippe Barois, Glenna L Drisko, Cyril Aymonier
Metamaterials have optical properties that are unprecedented in nature. They have opened new horizons in light manipulation, with the ability to bend, focus, and completely reflect, transmit or absorb an incident wave front. Optically active metamaterials in particular could be used for applications ranging from 3D information storage, more efficient photovoltaic cells, high security watermarks, and fiber optics. Silicon (Si) particles are some of the most promising building blocks for optically active metamaterials, with high scattering efficiency coupled to low light absorption for visible frequencies...
November 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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