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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340485/an-approach-for-liposome-immobilization-using-sterically-stabilized-micelles-ssms-as-a-precursor-for-bio-layer-interferometry-based-interaction-studies
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Jakob Wallner, Gabriele Lhota, Markus Schosserer, Karola Vorauer-Uhl
Non-fluidic bio-layer interferometry (BLI) has rapidly become a standard tool for monitoring almost all biomolecular interactions in a label-free, real-time and high-throughput manner. High-efficiency screening methods which measure the kinetics of liposomes with a variety of compounds require the immobilization of liposomes. In this work, a method is described for immobilizing liposomes for interaction studies, based on the biophysical principles of this biosensor platform. The immobilization approach includes the loading of DSPE-PEG(2000)-biotin containing sterically stabilized micelles (SSMs) which are restructured in a buffer change step, resulting in an accessible substrate for liposome immobilization...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340423/carbon-nanotube-impeded-transport-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-in-xiangjiang-sediments
#2
Jin Yan, Ji-Lai Gong, Guang-Ming Zeng, Biao Song, Peng Zhang, Hong-Yu Liu, Shuang-Yan Huan, Xiao-Dong Li
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), usually with a superior affinity with organic chemicals, are expected to ultimately released to the environment through their manufacturing, usage, and eventual disposal, which will influence the mobility and environmental risk of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In this study, batch and column experiments were performed to examine the effects of two kinds of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs: MWCNT2040, MWCNT0815) and one kind of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) on the environmental fate of two NSAIDs, paracetamol (PA) and diclofenac sodium (DS), in sediments...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340400/pharmacoinformatics-exploration-of-polyphenol-oxidases-leading-to-novel-inhibitors-by-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamic-simulation-study
#3
Mubashir Hassan, Qamar Abbas, Zaman Ashraf, Ahmed A Moustafa, Sung-Yum Seo
Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs)/tyrosinases are metal-dependent enzymes and known as important targets for melanogenesis. Although considerable attempts have been conducted to control the melanin-associated diseases by using various inhibitors. However, the exploration of the best anti-melanin inhibitor without side effect still remains a challenge in drug discovery. In present study, protein structure prediction, ligand-based pharmacophore modeling, virtual screening, molecular docking and dynamic simulation study were used to screen the strong novel inhibitor to cure melanogenesis...
March 15, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339891/determination-of-phenylalanine-with-high-affinity-aptamers-accurate-precise-point-of-care
#4
Kyungae Yang, Tiffany Thomas, Benjamin Kim, Milan Stojanovic, Tilla Worgall
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339682/the-effects-of-interleukin-2-on-immune-response-regulation
#5
Ryan S Waters, Justin S A Perry, SunPil Han, Bibiana Bielekova, Tomas Gedeon
The immune system has many adaptive and dynamic components that are regulated to ensure appropriate, precise and rapid response to a foreign pathogen. A delayed or inadequate immune response can lead to prolonged disease, while an excessive or under-regulated response can lead to autoimmunity. The cytokine, interleukin-2 (IL-2) and its receptor IL-2R play an important role in maintaining this balance.The IL-2 receptor transduces pSTAT5 signal through both the intermediate and high affinity receptors, which differ from each other by the presence of CD25 chain in IL-2 receptor...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339303/development-of-rap-tag-a-novel-tagging-system-for-protein-detection-and-purification
#6
Yuki Fujii, Mika K Kaneko, Satoshi Ogasawara, Shinji Yamada, Miyuki Yanaka, Takuro Nakamura, Noriko Saidoh, Kanae Yoshida, Ryusuke Honma, Yukinari Kato
Affinity tag systems, possessing high affinity and specificity, are useful for protein detection and purification. The most suitable tag for a particular purpose should be selected from many available affinity tag systems. In this study, we developed a novel affinity tag called the "RAP tag" system, which comprises a mouse antirat podoplanin monoclonal antibody (clone PMab-2) and the RAP tag (DMVNPGLEDRIE). This system is useful not only for protein detection in Western blotting, flow cytometry, and sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, but also for protein purification...
March 24, 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339215/discovery-and-pre-clinical-characterization-of-a-3-rd-generation-4-h-heteroaryldihydropyrimidine-hap-analogues-as-hepatitis-b-virus-hbv-capsid-inhibitors
#7
Zongxing Qiu, Xianfeng Lin, Weixing Zhang, Mingwei Zhou, Lei Guo, Buelent Kocer, Guolong Wu, Zhisen Zhang, Haixia Liu, Houguang Shi, Buyu Kou, Taishan Hu, Yimin Hu, Mengwei Huang, S Frank Yan, Zhiheng Xu, Zheng Zhou, Ning Qin, Yue Fen Wang, Shuang Ren, Hongxia Qiu, Yuxia Zhang, Yi Zhang, Xiaoyue Wu, Kai Sun, Sheng Zhong, Jianxun Xie, Giorgio Ottaviani, Yuan Zhou, Lina Zhu, Xiaojun Tian, Liping Shi, Fang Shen, Yi Mao, Xue Zhou, Lu Gao, John A T Young, Jim Zhen Wu, Guang Yang, Alexander V Mayweg, Hong C Shen, Guozhi Tang, Wei Zhu
Described herein are the discovery and structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of the 3(rd) generation 4-H heteroaryldihydropyrimidines (4-H HAPs) featuring the introduction of a C6 carboxyl group as novel HBV capsid inhibitors. This new series of 4-H HAPs showed improved anti-HBV activity and better drug-like properties compared to the 1(st) and 2(nd) generation 4-H HAPs. X-ray crystallographic study of analogue 12 (HAP_R01) with Cp149 Y132A mutant hexamer clearly elucidated the role of C6 carboxyl group played for the increased binding affinity, which formed strong hydrogen bonding interactions with capsid protein and coordinated waters...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339200/accurate-electron-affinities-and-orbital-energies-of-anions-from-a-non-empirically-tuned-range-separated-dft-approach
#8
Lindsey N Anderson, Maria Belen Oviedo, Bryan M Wong
The treatment of atomic anions with Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT) has long been controversial since the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy, EHOMO, is often calculated to be positive with most approximate density functionals. We assess the accuracy of orbital energies and electron affinities for all three rows of elements in the periodic table (H-Ar) using a variety of theoretical approaches and customized basis sets. Among all of the theoretical methods studied here, we find that a non-empirically tuned range-separated approach (constructed to satisfy DFT-Koopmans' theorem for the anionic electron system) provides the best accuracy for a variety of basis sets - even for small basis sets where most functionals typically fail...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339198/discovery-of-4-3-r-4-s-5-r-6%C3%A2-chloro-4-3-chloro-2-fluorophenyl-1-ethyl-2%C3%A2-oxodispiro-cyclohexane-1-2-pyrrolidine-3-3%C3%A2-indoline-5-carboxamido-bicyclo-2-2-2-octane-1-carboxylic-acid-aa-115-apg-115-a-potent-and-orally-active-murine-double-minute-2-mdm2-inhibitor
#9
Angelo Aguilar, Jianfeng Lu, Liu Liu, Ding Du, Denzil Bernard, Donna McEachern, Sally Przybranowski, Xiaoqin Li, Ruijuan Luo, Bo Wen, Duxin Sun, Hengbang Wang, Jianfeng Wen, Guangfeng Wang, Yifan Zhai, Ming Guo, Dajun Yang, Shaomeng Wang
We previously reported the design of spirooxindoles with two identical substituents at the carbon-2 of the pyrrolidine core as potent MDM2 inhibitors. In this paper we describe an extensive structure-activity relationship study of this class of MDM2 inhibitors, which led to the discovery of 60 (AA-115/APG-115). Compound 60 has a very high affinity to MDM2 (Ki < 1 nM), potent cellular activity, and an excellent oral pharmacokinetic profile. Compound 60 is capable of achieving complete and long-lasting tumor regression in vivo and is currently in phase I clinical trials for cancer treatment...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335573/ultratrace-detection-of-histamine-using-a-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-based-voltammetric-sensor
#10
Maedeh Akhoundian, Axel Rüter, Sudhirkumar Shinde
Rapid and cost-effective analysis of histamine, in food, environmental, and diagnostics research has been of interest recently. However, for certain applications, the already-existing biological receptor-based sensing methods have usage limits in terms of stability and costs. As a result, robust and cost-effective imprinted polymeric receptors can be the best alternative. In the present work, molecularly-imprinted polymers (MIPs) for histamine were synthesized using methacrylic acid in chloroform and acetonitrile as two different porogens...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335553/biosynthesis-of-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-in-octopus-vulgaris-molecular-cloning-and-functional-characterisation-of-a-stearoyl-coa-desaturase-and-an-elongation-of-very-long-chain-fatty-acid-4-protein
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Óscar Monroig, Rosa de Llanos, Inmaculada Varó, Francisco Hontoria, Douglas R Tocher, Sergi Puig, Juan C Navarro
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have been acknowledged as essential nutrients for cephalopods but the specific PUFAs that satisfy the physiological requirements are unknown. To expand our previous investigations on characterisation of desaturases and elongases involved in the biosynthesis of PUFAs and hence determine the dietary PUFA requirements in cephalopods, this study aimed to investigate the roles that a stearoyl-CoA desaturase (Scd) and an elongation of very long-chain fatty acid 4 (Elovl4) protein play in the biosynthesis of essential fatty acids (FAs)...
March 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335390/a-simple-metallothionein-based-biosensor-for-enhanced-detection-of-arsenic-and-mercury
#12
Gordon W Irvine, Swee Ngin Tan, Martin J Stillman
Metallothioneins (MTs) are a family of cysteine-rich proteins whose biological roles include the regulation of essential metal ions and protection against the harmful effects of toxic metals. Due to its high affinity for many toxic, soft metals, recombinant human MT isoform 1a was incorporated into an electrochemical-based biosensor for the detection of As(3+) and Hg(2+). A simple design was chosen to maximize its potential in environmental monitoring and MT was physically adsorbed onto paper discs placed on screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs)...
March 13, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335327/targeting-at-the-nanoscale-a-novel-s-layer-fusion-protein-enabling-controlled-immobilization-of-biotinylated-molecules
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Melinda Varga
With the aim of constructing an S-layer fusion protein that combines both excellent self-assembly and specific ligand i.e., biotin binding ability, streptavidin (aa 16-133) was fused to the S-layer protein of Sporosarcina ureae ATCC 13881 (SslA) devoid of its N-terminal 341 and C-terminal 172 amino acids. The genetically engineered chimeric protein could be successfully produced in E. coli, isolated, and purified via Ni affinity chromatography. In vitro recrystallisation experiments performed with the purified chimeric protein in solution and on a silicon wafer have demonstrated that fusion of the streptavidin domain does not interfere with the self-assembling properties of the S-layer part...
November 4, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335278/recent-prospects-in-the-inline-monitoring-of-nanocomposites-and-nanocoatings-by-optical-technologies
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Elodie Bugnicourt, Timothy Kehoe, Marcos Latorre, Cristina Serrano, Séverine Philippe, Markus Schmid
Nanostructured materials have emerged as a key research field in order to confer materials with unique or enhanced properties. The performance of nanocomposites depends on a number of parameters, but the suitable dispersion of nanoparticles remains the key in order to obtain the full nanocomposites' potential in terms of, e.g., flame retardance, mechanical, barrier, thermal properties, etc. Likewise, the performance of nanocoatings to obtain, for example, tailored surface affinity with selected liquids (e.g...
August 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335269/galactosylated-liposomes-for-targeted-co-delivery-of-doxorubicin-vimentin-sirna-to-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#15
Hea Ry Oh, Hyun-Young Jo, James S Park, Dong-Eun Kim, Je-Yoel Cho, Pyung-Hwan Kim, Keun-Sik Kim
The combination of therapeutic nucleic acids and chemotherapeutic drugs has shown great promise for cancer therapy. In this study, asialoglycoprotein receptors (ASGPR) targeting-ligand-based liposomes were tested to determine whether they can co-deliver vimentin siRNA and doxorubicin to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) selectively. To achieve this goal, we developed an ASGPR receptor targeted co-delivery system called gal-doxorubicin/vimentin siRNA liposome (Gal-DOX/siRNA-L). The Gal-DOX/siRNA-L was created via electrostatic interaction of galactose linked-cationic liposomal doxorubicin (Gal-DOX-L) on vimentin siRNA...
July 30, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335237/dna-sequencing-by-hexagonal-boron-nitride-nanopore-a-computational-study
#16
Liuyang Zhang, Xianqiao Wang
The single molecule detection associated with DNA sequencing has motivated intensive efforts to identify single DNA bases. However, little research has been reported utilizing single-layer hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) for DNA sequencing. Here we employ molecular dynamics simulations to explore pathways for single-strand DNA (ssDNA) sequencing by nanopore on the hBN sheet. We first investigate the adhesive strength between nucleobases and the hBN sheet, which provides the foundation for the hBN-base interaction and nanopore sequencing mechanism...
June 6, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335003/identification-of-genetic-variants-affecting-vitamin-d-receptor-binding-and-associations-with-autoimmune-disease
#17
Giuseppe Gallone, Wilfried Haerty, Giulio Disanto, Sreeram V Ramagopalan, Chris P Ponting, Antonio J Berlanga-Taylor
Large numbers of statistically significant associations between sentinel SNPs and case-control status have been replicated by genome-wide association studies. Nevertheless, few underlying molecular mechanisms of complex disease are currently known. We investigated whether variation in binding of a transcription factor, the vitamin D receptor (VDR) whose activating ligand vitamin D has been proposed as a modifiable factor in multiple disorders, could explain any of these associations. VDR modifies gene expression by binding DNA as a heterodimer with the Retinoid X receptor (RXR)...
March 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334932/ribosome-dependent-vibrio-cholerae-mrnase-higb2-is-regulated-by-a-%C3%AE-strand-sliding-mechanism
#18
San Hadži, Abel Garcia-Pino, Sarah Haesaerts, Dukas Jurenas, Kenn Gerdes, Jurij Lah, Remy Loris
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) modules are small operons involved in bacterial stress response and persistence. higBA operons form a family of TA modules with an inverted gene organization and a toxin belonging to the RelE/ParE superfamily. Here, we present the crystal structures of chromosomally encoded Vibrio cholerae antitoxin (VcHigA2), toxin (VcHigB2) and their complex, which show significant differences in structure and mechanisms of function compared to the higBA module from plasmid Rts1, the defining member of the family...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334831/the-pentatricopeptide-repeat-protein-mtsf2-stabilizes-a-nad1-precursor-transcript-and-defines-the-3%C3%AE-end-of-its-5%C3%AE-half-intron
#19
Chuande Wang, Fabien Aubé, Noelya Planchard, Martine Quadrado, Céline Dargel-Graffin, Fabien Nogué, Hakim Mireau
RNA expression in plant mitochondria implies a large number of post-transcriptional events in which transcript processing and stabilization are essential. In this study, we analyzed the function of the Arabidopsis mitochondrial stability factor 2 gene (MTSF2) and show that the encoded pentatricopeptide repeat protein is essential for the accumulation of stable nad1 mRNA. The production of mature nad1 requires the assembly of three independent RNA precursors via two trans-splicing reactions. Genetic analyses revealed that the lack of nad1 in mtsf2 mutants results from the specific destabilization of the nad1 exons 2-3 precursor transcript...
March 8, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334825/the-impact-of-base-stacking-on-the-conformations-and-electrostatics-of-single-stranded-dna
#20
Alex Plumridge, Steve P Meisburger, Kurt Andresen, Lois Pollack
Single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) is notable for its interactions with ssDNA binding proteins (SSBs) during fundamentally important biological processes including DNA repair and replication. Previous work has begun to characterize the conformational and electrostatic properties of ssDNA in association with SSBs. However, the conformational distributions of free ssDNA have been difficult to determine. To capture the vast array of ssDNA conformations in solution, we pair small angle X-ray scattering with novel ensemble fitting methods, obtaining key parameters such as the size, shape and stacking character of strands with different sequences...
February 25, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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