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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925248/discovery-and-identification-of-potential-biomarkers-for-alcohol-induced-oxidative-stress-based-on-cellular-metabolomics
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Qingping Hu, Jianteng Wei, Yewei Liu, Xiulan Fei, Yuwei Hao, Dong Pei, Duolong Di
Biomarkers involved in alcohol-induced oxidative stress play an important role in alcoholic liver disease prevention and diagnosis. Alcohol-induced oxidative stress in human liver L-02 cells was used to discover the potential biomarkers. Metabolites from L-02 cells induced by alcohol were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Fourteen metabolites that allowed discrimination between control and model groups were discovered by multivariate statistical data analysis (i.e. principal components analysis, orthogonal partial least-squares discriminate analysis)...
December 7, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924911/realizing-a-facile-and-environmental-friendly-fabrication-of-high-performance-multi-crystalline-silicon-solar-cells-by-employing-zno-nanostructures-and-an-al2o3-passivation-layer
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Hong-Yan Chen, Hong-Liang Lu, Long Sun, Qing-Hua Ren, Hao Zhang, Xin-Ming Ji, Wen-Jun Liu, Shi-Jin Ding, Xiao-Feng Yang, David Wei Zhang
Nowadays, the multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cells dominate the photovoltaic industry. However, the current acid etching method on mc-Si surface used by firms can hardly suppress the average reflectance value below 25% in the visible light spectrum. Meanwhile, the nitric acid and the hydrofluoric contained in the etching solution is both environmental unfriendly and highly toxic to human. Here, a mc-Si solar cell based on ZnO nanostructures and an Al2O3 spacer layer is demonstrated. The eco-friendly fabrication is realized by low temperature atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 layer as well as ZnO seed layer...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924529/alternaria-species-and-their-associated-mycotoxins
#3
Virginia Elena Fernández Pinto, Andrea Patriarca
The genus Alternaria includes more than 250 species. The traditional methods for identification of Alternaria species are based on morphological characteristics of the reproductive structures and sporulation patterns under controlled culture conditions. Cladistics analyses of "housekeeping genes" commonly used for other genera, failed to discriminate among the small-spored Alternaria species. The development of molecular methods achieving a better agreement with morphological differences is still needed. The production of secondary metabolites has also been used as a means of classification and identification...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924485/small-molecules-targeting-the-mirna-binding-domain-of-argonaute-2-from-computer-aided-molecular-design-to-rna-immunoprecipitation
#4
Teresa Bellissimo, Silvia Masciarelli, Elena Poser, Ilaria Genovese, Alberto Del Rio, Gianni Colotti, Francesco Fazi
The development of small-molecule-based target therapy design for human disease and cancer is object of growing attention. Recently, specific microRNA (miRNA) mimicking compounds able to bind the miRNA-binding domain of Argonaute 2 protein (AGO2) to inhibit miRNA loading and its functional activity were described. Computer-aided molecular design techniques and RNA immunoprecipitation represent suitable approaches to identify and experimentally determine if a compound is able to impair the loading of miRNAs on AGO2 protein...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924364/metabolic-characterization-of-1-5-fluoropentyl-1h-indol-3-yl-4-methyl-1-naphthalenyl-methanone-mam-2201-using-human-liver-microsomes-and-cdna-overexpressed-cytochrome-p450-enzymes
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Tae Yeon Kong, Ju-Hyun Kim, Won Gu Choi, Joo Young Lee, Hee Seung Kim, Jin Young Kim, Moon Kyo In, Hye Suk Lee
MAM-2201 is a synthetic cannabinoid that is increasingly found in recreational drug abusers and cases of severe intoxication. Thus, characterization of the metabolic pathways of MAM-2201 is necessary to predict individual pharmacokinetics and toxicity differences, and to avoid toxic drug-drug interactions. Collectively, 19 phase 1 metabolites of MAM-2201 were identified using liquid chromatography-Orbitrap mass spectrometry following human liver microsomal incubations in the presence of NADPH: 7 hydroxy-MAM-2201 (M1-M7), 4 dihydroxy-MAM-2201 (M8-M11), dihydrodiol-MAM-2201 (M12), N-(5-hydroxypentyl)-MAM-2201 (M13), hydroxy-M13 (M14), N-dealkyl-MAM-2201 (M15), 2 hydroxy-M15 (M16, M17), MAM-2201 N-pentanoic acid (M18), and hydroxy-M18 (M19)...
December 6, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924137/exercise-induced-stress-behavior-gut-microbiota-brain-axis-and-diet-a-systematic-review-for-athletes
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Allison Clark, Núria Mach
Fatigue, mood disturbances, under performance and gastrointestinal distress are common among athletes during training and competition. The psychosocial and physical demands during intense exercise can initiate a stress response activating the sympathetic-adrenomedullary and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axes, resulting in the release of stress and catabolic hormones, inflammatory cytokines and microbial molecules. The gut is home to trillions of microorganisms that have fundamental roles in many aspects of human biology, including metabolism, endocrine, neuronal and immune function...
2016: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924036/folding-and-misfolding-pathways-of-g-quadruplex-dna
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Adrien Marchand, Valérie Gabelica
G-quadruplexes adopt various folding topologies, but information on their folding pathways remains scarce. Here, we used electrospray mass spectrometry to detect and quantify the specifically bound potassium ions, and circular dichroism to characterize the stacking topology of each ensemble. For human telomeric (hTel) sequences containing the d((GGGTTA)3GGG) core, K(+) binding affinity and cooperativity strongly depends on the chosen construct. The shortest sequences bind only one K(+) at low KCl concentration, and this 2-quartet G-quadruplex is antiparallel...
October 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923544/niemann-pick-disease-type-c-and-roscoe-brady
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REVIEW
Marc C Patterson, Steven U Walkley
The Niemann-Pick family of diseases was poorly understood until Roscoe Brady and his colleagues began their investigations in the 1960s. Following Brady's discovery of the defect in acid sphingomyelinase in Niemann-Pick disease, types A and B, Peter Pentchev, a senior scientist in the group, launched a series of investigations of an unusual lipid storage disease in a spontaneous mouse model. These led initially to identification of the cholesterol trafficking defect in the mouse, and then in human Niemann-Pick disease, type C (NPC)...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923202/structure-based-optimization-of-salt-bridge-network-across-the-complex-interface-of-ptpn4-pdz-domain-with-its-peptide-ligands-in-neuroglioma
#9
Xian Xiao, Qiang-Hua He, Li-Yan Yu, Song-Qing Wang, Yang Li, Hua Yang, Ai-Hua Zhang, Xiao-Hong Ma, Yu-Jie Peng, Bing Chen
The PTP non-receptor type 4 (PTPN4) is an important regulator protein in learning, spatial memory and cerebellar synaptic plasticity; targeting the PDZ domain of PTPN4 has become as attractive therapeutic strategy for human neuroglioma. Here, we systematically examined the complex crystal structures of PTPN4 PDZ domain with its known peptide ligands; a number of charged amino acid residues were identified in these ligands and in the peptide-binding pocket of PDZ domain, which can constitute a complicated salt-bridge network across the complex interface...
November 30, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923143/monolayers-of-immunoglobulin-g-on-polystyrene-microparticles-and-their-interactions-with-human-serum-albumin
#10
Paulina Żeliszewska, Monika Wasilewska, Zbigniew Adamczyk
The adsorption of mouse monoclonal immunoglobulin G (IgG) on negatively charged polystyrene microparticles was studied by the laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) electrophoretic mobility measurements. The dependence of the electrophoretic mobility of microparticles on the IgG concentration in the suspension was determined for different ionic strengths and pHs (3.5, 7.4). The increase in the electrophoretic mobility was quantitatively interpreted in terms of the 3D electrokinetic model. The maximum coverage of IgG on latex was determined by the depletion method aided by AFM imaging...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922827/gold-nanoparticles-as-scaffolds-for-poor-water-soluble-and-difficult-to-vehiculate-antiparkinson-codrugs
#11
A Di Crescenzo, I Cacciatore, M Petrini, M D'Alessandro, N Petragnani, P Del Boccio, P Di Profio, S Boncompagni, G Spoto, H Turkez, P Ballerini, A Di Stefano, A Fontana
We report the facile and non-covalent preparation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) stabilized by an antiparkinson codrug based on lipoic acid (LA). The obtained AuNPs appear stable in both dimethyl sulfoxide and fetal bovine serum and able to load an amount of codrug double the weight of gold. These NPs were demonstrated to be safe and biocompatible towards primary human blood cells and human neuroblastoma cells, one of the most widely used cellular models to study dopaminergic neural cells, therefore are ideal drug carriers for difficult to solubilize molecules...
December 6, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921323/the-application-of-strand-invasion-phenomenon-directed-by-peptide-nucleic-acid-pna-and-single-stranded-dna-binding-protein-ssb-for-the-recognition-of-specific-sequences-of-human-endogenous-retroviral-herv-w-family
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Grzegorz Machnik, Łukasz Bułdak, Jarosław Ruczyński, Tomasz Gąsior, Małgorzata Huzarska, Dariusz Belowski, Magdalena Alenowicz, Piotr Mucha, Piotr Rekowski, Bogusław Okopień
The HERV-W family of human endogenous retroviruses represents a group of numerous sequences that show close similarity in genetic composition. It has been documented that some members of HERV-W-derived expression products are supposed to play significant role in humans' pathology, such as multiple sclerosis or schizophrenia. Other members of the family are necessary to orchestrate physiological processes (eg, ERVWE1 coding syncytin-1 that is engaged in syncytiotrophoblast formation). Therefore, an assay that would allow the recognition of particular form of HERV-W members is highly desirable...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919839/heparin-hyaluronic-acid-hydrogel-for-efficient-cellular-activities-of-3d-encapsulated-adipose-derived-stem-cells
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Kihak Gwon, Eunsol Kim, Giyoong Tae
We have developed stem cell-responsive, heparin-hyaluronic acid (Hep-HA) hydrogel, crosslinked by thiolated heparin (Hep-SH) and methacrylated hyaluronic acid (HA-MA) via visible light mediated, thiol-ene reaction. Physical properties of the hydrogel (gelation time, storage modulus, and swelling ratio) were tunable by adjusting light intensity, initiator/polymer concentration, and precursor pH. Culture of human adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) using this hydrogel was characterized and compared with the control hydrogels including Hep-PEG hydrogel, PEG-HA hydrogel...
December 2, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919709/evaluation-of-anti-zika-virus-activities-of-broad-spectrum-antivirals-and-nih-clinical-collection-compounds-using-a-cell-based-high-throughput-screen-assay
#14
Robert S Adcock, Yong-Kyu Chu, Jennifer E Golden, Dong-Hoon Chung
Recent studies have clearly underscored the association between Zika virus (ZIKV) and severe neurological diseases such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Given the historical complacency surrounding this virus, however, no significant antiviral screenings have been performed to specifically target ZIKV. As a result, there is an urgent need for a validated screening method and strategy that is focused on highlighting potential anti-ZIKV inhibitors that can be further advanced via rigorous validation and optimization...
December 2, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918458/new-electrochemically-modified-carbon-paste-inclusion-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-carbon-nanotubes-sensors-for-quantification-of-dorzolamide-hydrochloride
#15
Nawal Ahmad Alarfaj, Maha Farouk El-Tohamy
The present article introduces a new approach to fabricate carbon paste sensors, including carbon paste, modified carbon paste inclusion β-cyclodextrin, and carbon nanotubes for the quantification of dorzolamide hydrochloride (DRZ). This study is mainly based on the construction of three different carbon paste sensors by the incorporation of DRZ with phosphotungstic acid (PTA) to form dorzolamide-phosphotungstate (DRZ-PT) as an electroactive material in the presence of the solvent mediator ortho-nitrophenyloctyl ether (o-NPOE)...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916889/hyaluronic-acid-gel-based-scaffolds-as-potential-carrier-for-growth-factors-an-in-vitro-bioassay-on-its-osteogenic-potential
#16
Masako Fujioka-Kobayashi, Benoit Schaller, Eizaburo Kobayashi, Maria Hernandez, Yufeng Zhang, Richard J Miron
Hyaluronic acid (HA) has been utilized for a variety of regenerative medical procedures due to its widespread presence in connective tissue and perceived biocompatibility. The aim of the present study was to investigate HA in combination with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 9 (rhBMP9), one of the most osteogenic growth factors of the BMP family. HA was first combined with rhBMP9 and assessed for the adsorption and release of rhBMP9 over 10 days by ELISA. Thereafter, ST2 pre-osteoblasts were investigated by comparing (1) control tissue culture plastic, (2) HA alone, and (3) HA with rhBMP9 (100 ng/mL)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916642/magnetic-hyperthermia-and-ph-responsive-effective-drug-delivery-to-the-sub-cellular-level-of-human-breast-cancer-cells-by-modified-cofe2o4-nanoparticles
#17
Yunok Oh, Madhappan Santha Moorthy, Panchanathan Manivasagan, Subramaniyan Bharathiraja, Junghwan Oh
Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MNPs) have been extensively utilized in a wide range of biomedical applications including magnetic hyperthermia agent. To improve the efficiency of the MNPs in therapeutic applications, in this study, we have synthesized CoFe2O4 nanoparticles and its surface was further functionalized with meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA). The anticancer agent, Doxorubucin (DOX) was conjugated with CoFe2O4@DMSA nanoparticle to evaluate the combined effects of thermotherapy and chemotherapy...
December 1, 2016: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916541/the-orphan-g-protein-coupled-receptor-gpr139-is-activated-by-the-peptides-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-acth-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-%C3%AE-msh-and-%C3%AE-msh-and-the-conserved-core-motif-hfrw
#18
Anne Cathrine Nøhr, Mohamed A Shehata, Alexander S Hauser, Vignir Isberg, Jacek Mokrosinski, I Sadaf Farooqi, Daniel Sejer Pedersen, David E Gloriam, Hans Bräuner-Osborne
GPR139 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor that is expressed primarily in the brain. Not much is known regarding the function of GPR139. Recently we have shown that GPR139 is activated by the amino acids l-tryptophan and l-phenylalanine (EC50 values of 220 μM and 320 μM, respectively), as well as di-peptides comprised of aromatic amino acids. This led us to hypothesize that GPR139 may be activated by peptides. Sequence alignment of the binding cavities of all class A GPCRs, revealed that the binding pocket of the melanocortin 4 receptor is similar to that of GPR139...
December 1, 2016: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916122/facile-colorimetric-assay-of-alkaline-phosphatase-activity-using-fe-ii-phenanthroline-reporter
#19
Qiong Hu, Baojing Zhou, Pengyun Dang, Lianzhi Li, Jinming Kong, Xueji Zhang
We report a versatile approach for the colorimetric assay of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity based on the distinctive metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) absorption properties of Fe(II)-phenanthroline reporter. In the presence of ALP, the applied substrate ascorbic acid 2-phosphate is enzymatically hydrolyzed to produce ascorbic acid, which then reduces Fe(3+) to Fe(2+). The complexation of Fe(2+) with the bathophenanthroline disulfonate (BPS) ligand generates a blood-red Fe(BPS)3(4-) reporter, which is characterized by an intense MLCT absorption band at 535 nm in the visible range...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915383/a-covalent-antagonist-for-the-human-adenosine-a2a-receptor
#20
Xue Yang, Guo Dong, Thomas J M Michiels, Eelke B Lenselink, Laura Heitman, Julien Louvel, Ad P IJzerman
The structure of the human A2A adenosine receptor has been elucidated by X-ray crystallography with a high affinity non-xanthine antagonist, ZM241385, bound to it. This template molecule served as a starting point for the incorporation of reactive moieties that cause the ligand to covalently bind to the receptor. In particular, we incorporated a fluorosulfonyl moiety onto ZM241385, which yielded LUF7445 (4-((3-((7-amino-2-(furan-2-yl)-[1, 2, 4]triazolo[1,5-a][1, 3, 5]triazin-5-yl)amino)propyl)carbamoyl)benzene sulfonyl fluoride)...
December 3, 2016: Purinergic Signalling
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