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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107745/femtomolar-detection-of-cardiac-troponin-i-using-a-novel-label-free-and-reagent-free-dendrimer-enhanced-impedimetric-immunosensor
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Rashida Akter, Bongjin Jeong, Yong-Mi Lee, Jong-Soon Choi, Md Aminur Rahman
A novel highly sensitive dendrimer coupled impedimetric immunosensor was developed for the label-free and reagent-free detection of cardiac troponin I (TnI) in serum samples. The immunosensor probe was fabricated by covalently attaching carboxylic acid-functionalized third generation (G3) poly (amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer (Den) on the 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethyl benzidine (TMB) modified 6-mercaptohexanoic acid (MHA) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a gold (Au) electrode. Monoclonal anti-TnI antibody was then covalently immobilized on the Den and TMB attached MHA SAM modified surface...
January 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107724/effect-of-sole-or-combined-administration-of-nitrate-and-3-nitro-1-propionic-acid-on-fermentation-and-salmonella-survivability-in-alfalfa-fed-rumen-cultures-in-vitro
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Alejandro Castañeda Correa, Julian Trachsel, Heather K Allen, Agustin Corral-Luna, Hector Gutierrez-Bañuelos, Pedro Antonia Ochoa-Garcia, Oscar Ruiz-Barrera, Michael E Hume, Todd R Callaway, Roger B Harvey, Ross C Beier, Robin C Anderson, David J Nisbet
Ruminal methanogenesis is a digestive inefficiency resulting in the loss of dietary energy consumed by the host and contributing to environmental methane emission. Nitrate is being investigated as a feed supplement to reduce rumen methane emissions but safety and efficacy concerns persist. To assess potential synergies of co-administering sub-toxic amounts of nitrate and 3-nitro-1-propionate (NPA) on fermentation and Salmonella survivability with an alfalfa-based diet, ruminal microbes were cultured with additions of 8 or 16mM nitrate, 4 or 12mM NPA or their combinations...
January 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107709/quantification-of-fatty-acids-in-the-muscle-of-antarctic-fish-trematomus-bernacchii-by-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-optimization-of-the-analytical-methodology
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C Truzzi, S Illuminati, A Annibaldi, M Antonucci, G Scarponi
This work presents data on the quantification of fatty acids (FAs, in terms of mass unit per tissue weight) in the muscle of Trematomus bernacchii, a key species in Antarctica, often used as bioindicator for contamination studies. Modifications in fatty acids content should be considered a useful biomarker to study how contaminants affect Antarctic biota. Until now, very few studies quantified fatty acids of muscle of T. bernacchii, and only as percentage of a single fatty acid on total lipids. To perform the quantification of fatty acids, we used an analytical method based on a fast microwave-assisted extraction of lipids from a lyophilized sample, a base-catalyzed trans-esterification of lipid extract to obtain Fatty Acids Methyl Esters (FAMEs), and a separation and identification of FAMEs by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry...
December 31, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107708/acid-base-treated-vermiculite-as-high-performance-adsorbent-insights-into-the-mechanism-of-cationic-dyes-adsorption-regeneration-recyclability-and-stability-studies
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Wojciech Stawiński, Agnieszka Węgrzyn, Tomasz Dańko, Olga Freitas, Sónia Figueiredo, Lucjan Chmielarz
Additional treatment with NaOH of acid activated vermiculite results in even higher increase in the adsorption capacity in comparison to samples modified only in acidic solution (first step of activation) with respect to raw material. Optimization of treatment conditions and adsorption capacity for two cationic dyes (methylene blue (MB) and astrazon red (AR)), also as binary mixture, was evaluated. The capacity, based on column studies, increased from 48 ± 2 to 203 ± 4 mg g(-1) in the case of methylene blue and from 51 ± 1 to 127 ± 2 mg g(-1) in the case of astrazon red on starting and acid-base treated material, respectively...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107662/a-simple-and-powerful-co-delivery-system-based-on-ph-responsive-metal-organic-frameworks-for-enhanced-cancer-immunotherapy
#5
Fei Duan, Xiaochen Feng, Xinjian Yang, Wentong Sun, Yi Jin, Huifang Liu, Kun Ge, Zhenhua Li, Jinchao Zhang
Tumor-associated antigens (TAAs)-loaded nanoparticles are able to be actively internalized by antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and have shown promising potential in cancer immunotherapy. However, current TAAs delivery strategy exhibits limitations of complicated synthesis process, low loading efficiency and inefficient CD8(+) cytotoxic T lymphocyte activation leading to unsatisfactory therapeutic effect. Thus, the construction of novel TAAs-delivery systems for enhanced cancer therapy is highly desirable. In this work, we fabricated a very simple yet powerful antigens-delivery system for cancer immunotherapy based-on pH-responsive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with size about 30 nm...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107648/parp-1-controls-the-adipogenic-transcriptional-program-by-parylating-c-ebp%C3%AE-and-modulating-its-transcriptional-activity
#6
Xin Luo, Keun Woo Ryu, Dae-Seok Kim, Tulip Nandu, Carlos J Medina, Rebecca Gupte, Bryan A Gibson, Raymond E Soccio, Yonghao Yu, Rana K Gupta, W Lee Kraus
Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation (PARylation) is a post-translational modification of proteins mediated by PARP family members, such as PARP-1. Although PARylation has been studied extensively, few examples of definitive biological roles for site-specific PARylation have been reported. Here we show that C/EBPβ, a key pro-adipogenic transcription factor, is PARylated by PARP-1 on three amino acids in a conserved regulatory domain. PARylation at these sites inhibits C/EBPβ's DNA binding and transcriptional activities and attenuates adipogenesis in various genetic and cell-based models...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107634/electrolyte-gradient-based-modulation-of-molecular-transport-through-nanoporous-gold-membranes
#7
Daniel A McCurry, Ryan C Bailey
Nanopores, and nanoporous materials in general, are interesting for applications in chemical and biomolecular transport as pore sizes are on the same scale as the dimension of many (bio)chemical species. Many studies have focused on either single pores or small arrays of cylindrical pores, which are convenient in terms of their amenability towards computational modeling of transport phenomenon. However, the limited overall porosity may inhibit transport flux as well as the eventual implementation of these materials as active separation elements...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107609/carbon-nanodot-solar-cells-from-renewable-precursors
#8
Maria-Magdalena Titirici, Adam Marinovic, Steve Dunn, Lim Swee Kiat, Joe Briscoe
It has recently been shown that waste biomass can be converted into a wide range of functional materials, including those with desirable optical and electronic properties, offering the opportunity to find new uses for these renewable resources. Photovoltaics is one area where finding the combination of abundant, low-cost and non-toxic materials with the necessary functionality can be challenging. In this paper we compare the performance of carbon nanodots derived from a wide range of biomaterials obtained from different biomass sources as sensitizers for TiO2-based nanostructured solar cells; polysaccharides (chitosan and chitin), monosaccharide (D-glucose), amino acids (L-arginine and L-cysteine) and raw lobster shells are all used to produce carbon nanodots via hydrothermal carbonisation...
January 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107470/development-of-a-blocking-elisa-using-a-monoclonal-antibody-to-a-dominant-epitope-in-non-structural-protein-3a-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-as-a-matching-test-for-a-negative-marker-vaccine
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Yuanfang Fu, Pinghua Li, Yimei Cao, Na Wang, Pu Sun, Qian Shi, Xincheng Ji, Huifang Bao, Dong Li, Yingli Chen, Xingwen Bai, Xueqing Ma, Jing Zhang, Zengjun Lu, Zaixin Liu
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a devastating animal disease. Strategies for differentiation of infected from vaccinated animals (DIVA) remain very important for controlling disease. Development of an epitope-deleted marker vaccine and accompanying diagnostic method will improve the efficiency of DIVA. Here, a monoclonal antibody (Mab) was found to recognize a conserved "AEKNPLE" epitope spanning amino acids 109-115 of non-structural protein (NSP) 3A of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV; O/Tibet/CHA/99 strain), which could be deleted by a reverse-genetic procedure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107009/nmr-and-computation-reveal-a-pressure-sensitive-folded-conformation-of-trp-cage
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Soichiro Kitazawa, Martin J Fossat, Scott A McCallum, Angel E Garcia, Catherine Ann Royer
Beyond defining the structure and stability of folded states of proteins, primary amino acid sequences determine all of the features of their conformational landscapes. Characterizing how sequence modulates the population of protein excited states or folding pathways requires atomic level detailed structural and energetic information. Such insight is essential for improving protein design strategies, as well as for interpreting protein evolution. Here, high pressure NMR and molecular dynamics simulations were combined to probe the conformational landscape of a small model protein, the tryptophan cage variant, Tc5b...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106998/identification-of-cyclic-depsipeptides-and-their-dedicated-synthetase-from-hapsidospora-irregularis
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Shuwei Zhang, Yixing Qiu, Thomas B Kakule, Zhenyu Lu, Fuchao Xu, John G Lamb, Christopher A Reilly, Yong Zheng, Shing Wo Simon Sham, Wei Wang, Lijiang Xuan, Eric W Schmidt, Jixun Zhan
Seven cyclic depsipeptides were isolated from Hapsidospora irregularis and structurally characterized as the calcium channel blocker leualacin and six new analogues based on the NMR and HRESIMS data. These new compounds were named leualacins B-G. The absolute configurations of the amino acids and 2-hydroxyisocaproic acids were determined by recording the optical rotation values. Biological studies showed that calcium influx elicited by leualacin F in primary human lobar bronchial epithelial cells involves the TRPA1 channel...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106981/controlling-multi-cycle-replication-of-live-attenuated-hiv-1-using-an-unnatural-genetic-switch
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Zhe Yuan, Nanxi Wang, Guobin Kang, Wei Niu, Qingsheng Li, Jiantao Guo
A safe and effective human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) vaccine is urgently needed, but remains elusive. While HIV-1 live-attenuated vaccine can provide potent protection as demonstrated in rhesus macaque-simian immunodeficiency virus model, the potential pathogenic consequences associated with the uncontrolled virus replication preclude such vaccine from clinical applications. We investigated a novel approach to address this problem by controlling live-attenuated HIV-1 replication through an unnatural genetic switch that was based on the amber suppression strategy...
January 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106804/ultrafast-electronic-deactivation-dynamics-of-xanthosine-monophosphate
#13
Katharina Röttger, Rebecca Stellmacher, Mayra C Stuhldreier, Friedrich Temps
Ultrafast energy dissipation is a crucial factor for the photostability of DNA and RNA, but even some of the key electronic deactivation pathways in monomeric nucleic acid building stones are still controversial. Here, we report on the excited-state dynamics of the rare nucleotide xanthosine monophosphate as a function of deprotonation state (XMP vs. XMP - ) and excitation wavelength ( λ pump = 278-243 nm) by femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy. We show that the predominating relaxation channel leads to a return of the photo-excited molecules to the electronic ground state in τ∼1 ps...
January 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106765/quantitative-proteomic-profiling-of-tachyplesin-i-targets-in-u251-gliomaspheres
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Xuan Li, Jianguo Dai, Yongjun Tang, Lulu Li, Gang Jin
Tachyplesin I is a cationic peptide isolated from hemocytes of the horseshoe crab and its anti-tumor activity has been demonstrated in several tumor cells. However, there is limited information providing the global effects and mechanisms of tachyplesin I on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Here, by using two complementary proteomic strategies (2D-DIGE and dimethyl isotope labeling-based shotgun proteomics), we explored the effect of tachyplesin I on the proteome of gliomaspheres, a three-dimensional growth model formed by a GBM cell line U251...
January 18, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106736/development-and-sequential-analysis-of-a-new-multi-agent-anti-acne-formulation-based-on-plant-derived-antimicrobial-and-anti-inflammatory-compounds
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Crina Saviuc, Bianca Ciubucă, Gabriela Dincă, Coralia Bleotu, Veronica Drumea, Mariana-Carmen Chifiriuc, Marcela Popa, Gratiela Gradisteanu Pircalabioru, Luminita Marutescu, Veronica Lazăr
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory potential of natural, plant-derived compounds has been reported in many studies. Emerging evidence indicates that plant-derived essential oils and/or their major compounds may represent a plausible alternative treatment for acne, a prevalent skin disorder in both adolescent and adult populations. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to develop and subsequently analyze the antimicrobial activity of a new multi-agent, synergic formulation based on plant-derived antimicrobial compounds (i...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106735/mass-spectrometry-based-metabolomic-and-lipidomic-analyses-of-the-effects-of-dietary-platycodon-grandiflorum-on-liver-and-serum-of-obese-mice-under-a-high-fat-diet
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Hye Min Park, Kab-Tae Park, Edmond Changkyun Park, Seung Ii Kim, Myung Sook Choi, Kwang-Hyeon Liu, Choong Hwan Lee
We aimed to identify metabolites involved in the anti-obesity effects of Platycodon grandiflorum (PG) in high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice using mass spectrometry (MS)-based metabolomic techniques. C57BL/6J mice were divided into four groups: normal diet (ND)-fed mice, HFD-fed mice, HFD with 1% PG extract-fed mice (HPGL), and HFD with 5% PG extract-fed mice (HPGH). After 8 weeks, the HFD group gained more weight than the ND group, while dietary 5% PG extract attenuated this change. The partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) score plots showed a clear distinction between experimental groups in serum and liver markers...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106726/discrepancy-between-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-and-ns4-based-serotypes-association-with-their-subgenomic-sequences
#17
Nan Nwe Win, Shingo Nakamoto, Tatsuo Kanda, Hiroki Takahashi, Azusa Takahashi-Nakaguchi, Shin Yasui, Masato Nakamura, Shuang Wu, Fumio Imazeki, Shigeru Mikami, Osamu Yokosuka, Tohru Gonoi, Hiroshi Shirasawa
Determination of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes plays an important role in the direct-acting agent era. Discrepancies between HCV genotyping and serotyping assays are occasionally observed. Eighteen samples with discrepant results between genotyping and serotyping methods were analyzed. HCV serotyping and genotyping were based on the HCV nonstructural 4 (NS4) region and 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR), respectively. HCV core and NS4 regions were chosen to be sequenced and were compared with the genotyping and serotyping results...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106362/dibenzothiophene-s-s-dioxide-and-bispyridinium-based-cationic-polyfluorene-derivative-as-an-efficient-cathode-modifier-for-polymer-solar-cells
#18
Guiting Chen, Sha Liu, Jin Xu, Ruifeng He, Zhicai He, Hongbin Wu, Wei Yang, Bin Zhang, Yong Cao
A novel n-type conjugated polymer containing dibenzothiophene-S,S-dioxide (FSO), bispyridinium, and fluorene scaffolds in the backbone (PFSOPyCl) was synthesized and used in the cathode interfacial layers (CILs) of conventional polymer solar cells (PSCs). The high electron affinities and large planar structures of the FSO and bispyridinium units endowed this polymer with good energy level alignments with [6,6]-phenyl-C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) and metal cathode, and excellent electron transport and extraction properties...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106342/electrochemical-reduction-of-oxygen-in-aprotic-ionic-liquids-containing-metal-cations-na-o2-system-case-study
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Eneko Azaceta, Lukas Lutz, Alexis Grimaud, Jose Manuel Vicent-Luna, Said Hamad, Luis Yate, Geman Cabañero, Hans-Jurgen Grande, Juan Antonio Anta, Jean-Marie Tarascon, Ramon Tena-Zaera
Metal-air batteries are intensively studied because of their high theoretical energy storage capability. However, the fundamental science at work dealing with electrodes, electrolytes and reaction products still need to be better understood. In this report, the ionic liquid N-butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide (PYR14TFSI) is chosen to study the influence of a wide range of metal cations (Mn+) on the electrochemical behavior of oxygen.. We demonstrate the relevance of the Lewis hard-soft acid-base (HSAB) theory to predict satisfactorily the reduction potential of the oxygen reduction in electrolytes containing metal cations...
January 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106341/photocontrolled-extraction-of-uric-acid-from-biological-samples-based-on-photoresponsive-surface-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-microspheres
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Cheng-Bin Gong, Zai-Yong Li, Lan-Tao Liu, Yu-Bu Wei, Xia Yang, Cheuk-Fai Chow, Qian Tang
We aim to develop novel photoresponsive surface molecularly imprinted polymer microspheres, a SiO2 -surface molecularly imprinted polymer, for the photocontrolled extraction of uric acid from biological samples. The SiO2 -surface molecularly imprinted polymer was prepared on silica microspheres by surface polymerization and characterized by using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis, and UV-visible spectroscopy...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
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