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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230380/effects-of-6-hydroxyceramides-on-the-thermotropic-phase-behavior-and-permeability-of-model-skin-lipid-membranes
#1
Andrej Kovacik, Michaela Silarova, Petra Pullmannová, Jaroslav Maixner, Katerina Vavrova
Ceramides (Cer) based on 6-hydroxysphingosine are important components of the human skin barrier, the stratum corneum. Although diminished concentrations of 6-hydroxyCer have been detected in skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, our knowledge of these unusual sphingolipids, which have only been found in the skin, is limited. In this work, we investigate the biophysical behavior of N-lignoceroyl 6-hydroxysphingosine (Cer NH) in multilamellar lipid membranes composed of Cer/free fatty acids (C16-C24)/cholesterol/cholesteryl sulfate...
February 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229972/early-life-stress-experience-may-blunt-hypothalamic-leptin-signalling
#2
J H Lee, S B Yoo, J Y Kim, J Y Lee, B T Kim, K Park, J W Jahng
The aim of this study was to investigate whether neonatal maternal separation (MS) - chronic stress experience in early life - affects the anorectic efficacy of leptin in the offspring at adolescence. Sprague-Dawley pups were separated from the dam daily for 3 h during postnatal day 1-14 or left undisturbed as non-handled controls (NH). NH and MS male pups received an intraperitoneal leptin (100 μg/kg) or saline on postnatal day (PND) 28, and then food intake and body weight gain were recorded. The hypothalamic levels of leptin-signalling-related genes, phosphorylated signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (pSTAT3) and protein-tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) were examined at 40 min after a single injection of leptin on PND 39 by immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229957/origins-and-mechanisms-of-hysteresis-in-organometal-halide-perovskites
#3
Cheng Li, Antonio Guerrero, Yu Zhong, Sven Huettner
Inorganic-organic organometal halide perovskites, such as CH<sub>3</sub>NH<sub>3</sub>PbI<sub>3</sub> or CsPbI<sub>3</sub>, etc., are an unprecedented rising star in the field of photovoltaics since 2009, owing to its exceptionally high power conversion efficiency (PCE) and simple fabrication processability. Despite its relatively short history of development, intensive investigations have been concentrating on this material, ranging from crystal structure analysis and photophysical characterization, to performance optimization and device integration, etc...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225907/characterisation-of-iunh-gene-knockout-strain-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#4
Anne Drumond Villela, Valnês da Silva Rodrigues, Antônio Frederico Michel Pinto, Priscila Lamb Wink, Zilpa Adriana Sánchez-Quitian, Guilherme Oliveira Petersen, Maria Martha Campos, Luiz Augusto Basso, Diógenes Santiago Santos
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused mainly by the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The better understanding of important metabolic pathways from M. tuberculosis can contribute to the development of novel therapeutic and prophylactic strategies to combat TB. Nucleoside hydrolase (MtIAGU-NH), encoded by iunH gene (Rv3393), is an enzyme from purine salvage pathway in M. tuberculosis. MtIAGU-NH accepts inosine, adenosine, guanosine, and uridine as substrates, which may point to a pivotal metabolic role...
March 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221765/design-of-macroscopically-ordered-liquid-crystalline-hydrogel-columns-knitted-with-nanosilver-for-topical-applications
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Sudha Janardhanan Devaki, Reshma Lali Raveendran, Nishanth Kumar Sasidharan
Design of liquid crystalline hydrogels knitted with silver nanoparticles in macroscopic ordering are becoming subject of research interest due to their promising multifunctional applications in biomedical and opto-electronic applications. The present work describes the development of liquid crystalline Schiff-based hydrogel decorated with silver nanoparticles and demonstration of its antifungal applications. Schiff base was prepared from polyglucanaldehyde and chitosan and the former was prepared by the oxidation of amylose (polyglucopyranose) isolated from abundantly available unutilised jackfruit seed starch...
February 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220873/response-of-rhizosphere-soil-microbial-to-deyeuxia-angustifolia-encroaching-in-two-different-vegetation-communities-in-alpine-tundra
#6
Lin Li, Ming Xing, Jiangwei Lv, Xiaolong Wang, Xia Chen
Deyeuxia angustifolia (Komarov) Y. L Chang is an herb species originating from the birch forests in the Changbai Mountain. Recently, this species has been found encroaching into large areas in the western slopes of the alpine tundra in the Changbai Mountain, threatening the tundra ecosystem. In this study, we systematically assessed the response of the rhizosphere soil microbial to D. angustifolia encroaching in alpine tundra by conducting experiments for two vegetation types (shrubs and herbs) by real-time PCR and Illumina Miseq sequencing methods...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220063/vibrotactile-discrimination-training-affects-brain-connectivity-in-profoundly-deaf-individuals
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Andrés A González-Garrido, Vanessa D Ruiz-Stovel, Fabiola R Gómez-Velázquez, Hugo Vélez-Pérez, Rebeca Romo-Vázquez, Ricardo A Salido-Ruiz, Aurora Espinoza-Valdez, Luis R Campos
Early auditory deprivation has serious neurodevelopmental and cognitive repercussions largely derived from impoverished and delayed language acquisition. These conditions may be associated with early changes in brain connectivity. Vibrotactile stimulation is a sensory substitution method that allows perception and discrimination of sound, and even speech. To clarify the efficacy of this approach, a vibrotactile oddball task with 700 and 900 Hz pure-tones as stimuli [counterbalanced as target (T: 20% of the total) and non-target (NT: 80%)] with simultaneous EEG recording was performed by 14 profoundly deaf and 14 normal-hearing (NH) subjects, before and after a short training period (five 1-h sessions; in 2...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219838/natural-helper-cells-are-associated-with-the-exacerbated-airway-inflammation-seen-during-rsv-reinfection-of-neonatally-primed-mice
#8
Jianqi Wu, Haiyan Hu, Lei Xu, Feifei Qi, Song Bai, Yulin Cui, Ruonan Chai, Dandan Wang, Beixing Liu
Infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in neonatal mice causes more aggressive airway disease when the mice are reinfected with the same virus as adults. However, the underlying mechanisms responsible for this phenomenon are not entirely defined. Natural helper (NH) cells are considered a key factor for virus-induced or exacerbated airway inflammation and airway hyper-responsiveness by producing type 2 cytokines. To confirm whether NH cells are involved in the aggravated lung pathology seen during reinfection, BALB/c mice were initially infected as neonates and reinfected in adulthood...
February 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218856/influence-of-hydrogen-bonding-on-the-kinetic-stability-of-vapor-deposited-glasses-of-triazine-derivatives
#9
Audrey Laventure, Ankit Gujral, Olivier Lebel, Christian Pellerin, Mark D Ediger
It has recently been established that physical vapor deposition (PVD) can produce organic glasses with enhanced kinetic stability, high density, and anisotropic packing, with the substrate temperature during deposition (Tsubstrate) as the key control parameter. The influence of hydrogen bonding on the formation of PVD glasses has not been fully explored. Herein, we use a high-throughput preparation method to vapor-deposit three triazine derivatives over a wide range of Tsubstrate, from 0.69 to 1.08Tg, where Tg is the glass transition temperature...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218846/arylazoindazole-photoswitches-facile-synthesis-and-functionalization-via-sn%C3%A2-ar-substitution
#10
Raquel Travieso-Puente, Simon Budzak, Juan Chen, Peter Stacko, Johann T B H Jastrzebski, Denis Jacquemin, Edwin Otten
A straightforward synthetic route to arylazoindazoles via nucleophilic aromatic substitution is presented. Upon deprotonation of the NH group, a C6F5-substituted formazan undergoes facile cyclization as a result of intermolecular nucleophilic substitution (SNAr). This new class of azo pho-toswitches containing an indazole five-membered heterocycle shows photochemical isomerization with high fatigue resistance. In addition, the Z-isomers have long thermal half-lives in the dark of up to several days at room temperature...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218514/electrolytes-as-cathode-interlayers-in-inverted-organic-solar-cells-influence-of-the-cations-on-bias-dependent-performance
#11
Yaru Li, Xiaohui Liu, Xiaodong Li, Wenjun Zhang, Feifei Xing, Junfeng Fang
The performance of organic solar cells (OSCs) with edetate electrolytes depends on external bias and ions are speculated to be responsible for this phenomenon. To clarify the detailed relationship between the ions of electrolytes and the bias-dependent behaviors of devices, this work introduces four edetate cathode interlayers (EDTA-X, X = nH(4-n)Na, n = 0, 1, 2 and 4) containing different kind and number of cations into inverted OSCs. The results show that the devices initial and saturated (after external bias treatment) power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) both decrease with the increase of the number of H+...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217347/crystal-structure-of-e-4-hy-droxy-6-methyl-3-1-2-4-nitro-phen-yl-hydrazinyl-idene-eth-yl-2h-pyran-2-one
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Kirandeep, Ahmad Husain, Pooja Negi, Girijesh Kumar, Ramesh Kataria
The title compound, C14H13N3O5 (HMNP), was synthesized by the simple condensation of p-nitro-phenyl-hydrazine with de-hydro-acetic acid (DHA) in a 1:1 molar ratio in ethanol. HMNP has been characterized by using FT-IR, (1)H and (13)C NMR and UV-Vis spectroscopic and single-crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. The crystal packing reveals strong hydrogen bonds between the NH group and the carbonyl O atom of di-hydro-pyran-one moiety, forming chains along [101]. The thermal stability of the synthesized compound was confirmed by thermogravimetric analysis and it was found to be stable up to 513 K...
February 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217322/crystal-structure-of-e-2-4-anilinophen-yl-imino-meth-yl-4-nitro-phenol
#13
Md Serajul Haque Faizi, Ashanul Haque, Valentina A Kalibabchuk
In the title compound, C19H15N3O3, which crystallizes as the phenol-imine tautomer, the dihedral angle between the aromatic rings bridged by the NH unit is 47.16 (16)°. The dihedral angle between the rings bridged by the imine unit is 6.24 (15)°; this near coplanarity is reinforced by an intra-molecular O-H⋯N hydrogen bond, which generates an S(6) ring. In the crystal, N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds generate [201] C(13) chains. The chains are reinforced and cross-linked by C-H⋯O inter-actions to generate (001) sheets...
February 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216999/solution-and-structural-binding-studies-of-phosphate-with-thiophene-based-azamacrocycles
#14
Syed A Haque, Rainier S Berkley, Frank R Fronczek, Md Alamgir Hossain
Two thiophene-based monocyclic receptors L1 and L2 have been studied for phosphate binding in solutions (D2O and DMSO-d6 ) by (1)H NMR and (31)P NMR titrations, and in the solid state by single crystal X-ray analysis. Results from (1)H NMR titrations suggest that the ligands bind phosphate anions in a 1:2 binding mode in DMSO-d6 , with the binding constants of 5.25 and 4.20 (in log K), respectively. The binding of phosphate to L1 and L2 was further supported by (31)P NMR in D2O at pH = 5.2. The crystal structure of the phosphate complex of L1 reveals unambiguous proof for the formation of a ditopic complex via multiple hydrogen bonds from NH···O and CH···O interactions...
August 2016: Inorganic Chemistry Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212316/succinimide-formation-from-an-ngr-containing-cyclic-peptide-computational-evidence-for-catalytic-roles-of-phosphate-buffer-and-the-arginine-side-chain
#15
Ryota Kirikoshi, Noriyoshi Manabe, Ohgi Takahashi
The Asn-Gly-Arg (NGR) motif and its deamidation product isoAsp-Gly-Arg (isoDGR) have recently attracted considerable attention as tumor-targeting ligands. Because an NGR-containing peptide and the corresponding isoDGR-containing peptide target different receptors, the spontaneous NGR deamidation can be used in dual targeting strategies. It is well known that the Asn deamidation proceeds via a succinimide derivative. In the present study, we computationally investigated the mechanism of succinimide formation from a cyclic peptide, c[CH₂CO-NGRC]-NH₂, which has recently been shown to undergo rapid deamidation in a phosphate buffer...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212044/microwave-assisted-cp-co-iii-catalyzed-c-h-activation-double-c-n-bond-formation-reactions-to-thiadiazine-1-oxides
#16
Jiapian Huang, Yangfei Huang, Tao Wang, Qin Huang, Zhihua Wang, Zhiyuan Chen
A microwave-assisted, Cp*Co(III)-catalyzed direct C-H activation/double C-N bond formation reaction of simple NH-sulfoximines with 1,4,2-dioxazol-5-ones to produce diverse thiadiazine-1-oxides is reported. The reaction tolerates a broad range of functional groups under external oxidant-free conditions and only releases CO2 and H2O as the sole byproducts. The preliminary mechanistic studies revealed an electrophilic metalation pathway is likely involved in the reaction.
February 17, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212040/synthesis-and-speciation-dependent-properties-of-a-multimetallic-model-complex-of-nisod-that-exhibits-unique-hydrogen-bonding
#17
Ramsey A Steiner, Stephen P Dzul, Timothy L Stemmler, Todd C Harrop
The complex Na3[{Ni(II)(nmp)}3S3BTA(alk))] (1) (nmp(2-) = deprotonated form of N-(2-mercaptoethyl)picolinamide; H3S3BTA(alk) = N(1),N(3),N(5)-tris(2-mercaptoethyl)benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide, where H = dissociable protons), supported by the thiolate-benzenetricarboxamide scaffold (S3BTA(alk)), has been synthesized as a trimetallic model of nickel-containing superoxide dismutase (NiSOD). X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and (1)H NMR measurements on 1 indicate that the Ni(II) centers are square-planar with N2S2 coordination, and Ni-N and Ni-S distances of 1...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211567/isolation-precautions-use-for-multidrug-resistant-organism-infection-in-nursing-homes
#18
Catherine C Cohen, Andrew Dick, Patricia W Stone
OBJECTIVES: To examine factors associated with isolation precaution use in nursing home (NH) residents with multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) infection. DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional analysis. SETTING: Nursing homes with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' certification from October 2010 to December 2013. PARTICIPANTS: Elderly, long-stay NH residents with positive MDRO infection assessments. MEASUREMENTS: Data were obtained from the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209912/detection-efficacy-of-hybrid-68-ga-psma-ligand-pet-ct-in-prostate-cancer-patients-with-biochemical-recurrence-after-primary-radiation-therapy-defined-by-phoenix-criteria
#19
Ingo Einspieler, Isabel Rauscher, Charlotte Düwel, Markus Krönke, Christoph Rischpler, Gregor Habl, Sabrina Dewes, Armin Ott, Hans-Jürgen Wester, Markus Schwaiger, Tobias Maurer, Matthias Eiber
The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the detection rate of Glu-NH-CO-NH-Lys-(Ahx)-[(68)Ga(HBED-CC)] ((68)Ga-PSMA ligand) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in patients with biochemical recurrent prostate cancer (PC) defined by Phoenix criteria after external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) or brachytherapy as primary treatment. Methods: 118 patients were finally eligible for this retrospective analysis with a median prostate-specific antigen (PSA) of 6.4 ng/mL (range: 2.2-158...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208809/a-lipid-emulsion-reverses-toxic-dose-bupivacaine-induced-vasodilation-during-tyrosine-phosphorylation-evoked-contraction-in-isolated-rat-aortae
#20
Seong-Ho Ok, Soo Hee Lee, Seong-Chun Kwon, Mun Hwan Choi, Il-Woo Shin, Sebin Kang, Miyeong Park, Jeong-Min Hong, Ju-Tae Sohn
The goal of this in vitro study was to examine the effect of a lipid emulsion on toxic-dose bupivacaine-induced vasodilation in a model of tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor sodium orthovanadate-induced contraction in endothelium-denuded rat aortae and to elucidate the associated cellular mechanism. The effect of a lipid emulsion on vasodilation induced by a toxic dose of a local anesthetic during sodium orthovanadate-induced contraction was examined. In addition, the effects of various inhibitors, either bupivacaine alone or a lipid emulsion plus bupivacaine, on protein kinase phosphorylation induced by sodium orthovanadate in rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells was examined...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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