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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432913/spontaneously-formed-redox-and-ph-sensitive-polymersomes-by-mpeg-based-cytocompatible-random-copolymers
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Partha Laskar, Joykrishna Dey, Sudip Kumar Ghosh
Stimuli-sensitive polymersomes are one of the important vehicles and have been extensively studied as smart drug delivery system. Polymersomes have added advantage over the micelles because of having the ability to carry not only hydrophobic but also hydrophilic guest in their aqueous core. Among various stimuli, the change of pH and redox reaction is very important for drug delivery purpose especially for anticancer drug. Therefore, in this work, two poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (mPEG) containing hydrophilic random anionic copolymers, poly[(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-3,3'-dithiodipropanoic acid)x-co-(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)y], poly[(HEMA-DTDPA)x-co-mPEGy] with different copolymer ratios were designed and synthesized...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432630/the-influence-of-restoration-measures-on-phosphorus-internal-loading-from-the-sediments-of-a-hypereutrophic-lake
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Katarzyna Kowalczewska-Madura, Renata Dondajewska, Ryszard Gołdyn, Stanisław Podsiadłowski
Uzarzewskie Lake was a hypereutrophic, dimictic lake characterized by low water transparency, high chlorophyll-a concentration and intense phytoplankton blooms; thus, restoration treatment was started. A chemical treatment, based on phosphorus inactivation with small doses of iron sulphate, was undertaken in 2006-2007. Nitrate-rich groundwater flowing from seepage springs was directed into the lake hypolimnion to increase redox potential since 2008. Phosphorus internal loading was reduced by more than 80% as a result of restoration treatment...
April 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432625/synthesis-of-magnetic-cofe2o4-ordered-mesoporous-carbon-nanocomposites-and-application-in-fenton-like-oxidation-of-rhodamine-b
#3
Jing Deng, Yi-Jing Chen, Yu-An Lu, Xiao-Yan Ma, Shan-Fang Feng, Naiyun Gao, Jun Li
CoFe2O4/ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) nanocomposites were synthesized and tested as heterogeneous peroxymonosulfate (PMS) activator for the removal of rhodamine B. Characterization confirmed that CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were tightly bonded to OMC, and the hybrid catalyst possessed high surface area, pore volume, and superparamagnetism. Oxidation experiments demonstrated that CoFe2O4/OMC nanocomposites displayed favorable catalytic activity in PMS solution and rhodamine B degradation could be well described by pseudo-first-order kinetic model...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432552/subchronic-nandrolone-administration-reduces-cardiac-oxidative-markers-during-restraint-stress-by-modulating-protein-expression-patterns
#4
Barbara Pergolizzi, Vitina Carriero, Giuliana Abbadessa, Claudia Penna, Paola Berchialla, Silvia De Francia, Enrico Bracco, Silvia Racca
Nandrolone decanoate (ND), an anabolic-androgenic steroid prohibited in collegiate and professional sports, is associated with detrimental cardiovascular effects through redox-dependent mechanisms. We previously observed that high-dose short-term ND administration (15 mg/kg for 2 weeks) did not induce left heart ventricular hypertrophy and, paradoxically, improved postischemic response, whereas chronic ND treatment (5 mg/kg twice a week for 10 weeks) significantly reduced the cardioprotective effect of postconditioning, with an increase in infarct size and a decrease in cardiac performance...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432454/cobalt-tetradehydrocorrins-coordinated-by-imidazolate-like-histidine-in-the-heme-pocket-of-horseradish-peroxidase
#5
Koji Oohora, Ning Tang, Yoshitsugu Morita, Takashi Hayashi
Horseradish peroxidase was reconstituted with cobalt tetradehydrocorrin, rHRP(Co(TDHC)), as a structural analog of cobalamin coordinated with an imidazolate-like His residue, which is generally seen in native enzymes. In contrast to the previously reported cobalt tetradehydrocorrin-reconstituted myoglobin, rMb(Co(TDHC)), the HRP matrix was expected to provide strong axial ligation by His170 which has imidazolate character. rHRP(Co(II)(TDHC)) was characterized by EPR and its reaction with reductants indicates a negative shift of its redox potential compared to rMb(Co(TDHC))...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432339/multifunctional-substrate-of-label-free-electrochemical-immunosensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-cytokeratins-antigen-21-1
#6
Huiqiang Wang, Xin Gao, Zhanfang Ma
Poly(thionine)-Au, a novel multifunctional substrate with excellent redox signal, enzyme-like activity, and easy antibody immobilisation, was synthesised using HAuCl4 as the oxidising agent and thionine as the monomer. The prepared poly(thionine)-Au composite exhibited an admirable electrochemical redox signal at -0.15 V and excellent H2O2 catalytic ability. In addition, gold nanoparticles in this composite were found to directly immobilise antibodies and further improve conductivity. In addition, a label-free electrochemical immunosensor was developed using poly(thionine)-Au as the sensing substrate for ultrasensitive detection of cytokeratin antigen 21-1 (CYFRA 21-1), an immunoassay found in human serum...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432298/endogenous-two-photon-excited-fluorescence-imaging-characterizes-neuron-and-astrocyte-metabolic-responses-to-manganese-toxicity
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Emily Stuntz, Yusi Gong, Disha Sood, Volha Liaudanskaya, Dimitra Pouli, Kyle P Quinn, Carlo Alonzo, Zhiyi Liu, David L Kaplan, Irene Georgakoudi
As neurodegenerative conditions are increasingly linked to mitochondrial dysfunction, methods for studying brain cell metabolism at high spatial resolution are needed to elucidate neurodegeneration mechanisms. Two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) imaging is a non-destructive, high-resolution technique for studying cell metabolism via endogenous fluorescence of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (phosphate) (NAD(P)H) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). We employed TPEF to study the metabolism of primary rat astrocyte and neuronal cultures under normal growth conditions and in response to manganese (Mn) treatment...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431962/structural-basis-chemical-driving-forces-and-biological-implications-of-flavones-as-cu-ii-ionophores
#8
Fang Dai, Wen-Jing Yan, Yu-Ting Du, Xia-Zhen Bao, Xiu-Zhuang Li, Bo Zhou
A main biochemical property of cancer cells, compared with normal cells, is altered redox status including increased levels of copper to maintain their malignant phenotypes. Thus, increasing copper accumulation, by using ionophores, to disrupt abnormal redox homeostasis of cancer cells may be an important anticancer strategy. Naturally occurring molecules with extraordinarily diverse chemical scaffolds are an important source of inspiration for developing copper ionophores. Dietary flavonoids are well-characterized copper chelators and show cancer chemopreventive potential, but their ionophoric role for redox-active copper and the related biological implications have remained unknown...
April 18, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431877/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-pyridinium-polyoxometalates-as-anti-hiv-1-agents
#9
Shunyi Wang, Wuji Sun, Qin Hu, Hong Yan, Yi Zeng
The unique properties of polyoxometalates, such as molecular polarity, redox potential, surface charge distribution, shape and acidity, influence their response of recognition to targeted biological macromolecules. By using PM-19 (K7PTi2W10O40) as a lead-compound, a series of novel pyridinium polyoxometalates (A7PTi2W10O40), which hadn't been reported in literatures, were designed and synthesized. The evaluation was conducted using the single-cycle pseudovirus infection assay (TZM-bl assay), CCK-8 method was used for determining the cytotoxicity...
April 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431525/membrane-enriched-proteome-changes-and-prion-protein-expression-during-neural-differentiation-and-in-neuroblastoma-cells
#10
J A Macedo, D Schrama, I Duarte, E Tavares, J Renaut, M E Futschik, P M Rodrigues, E P Melo
BACKGROUND: The function of the prion protein, involved in the so-called prion diseases, remains a subject of intense debate and the possibility that it works as a pleiotropic protein through the interaction with multiple membrane proteins is somehow supported by recent reports. Therefore, the use of proteomic and bioinformatics combined to uncover cellular processes occurring together with changes in the expression of the prion protein may provide further insight into the putative pleiotropic role of the prion protein...
April 22, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431359/reconstruction-of-microbial-community-structures-as-evidences-for-soil-redox-coupled-reductive-dechlorination-of-pcp-in-a-mangrove-soil
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Yan Xu, Yan He, Xianjin Tang, Philip C Brookes, Jianming Xu
The aim was to investigate the influence of pentachlorophenol (PCP) on the soil microbial communities and the coupled mechanism between PCP reductive dechlorination and soil redox under anaerobic condition. Accordingly, a slurry incubation experiment was carried out in which bacterial and archaeal communities were detected by MiSeq amplicon sequencing. The original microbial community balance was gradually disrupted and new microbial structure was reconstructed subsequently through self-regulation and acclimation during PCP transformation, coupling with the changes of soil biogeochemical redox dynamics...
April 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431213/genome-mining-unearths-a-hybrid-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-like-pteridine-synthase-biosynthetic-gene-cluster
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Hyun Bong Park, Corey E Perez, Karl W Barber, Jesse Rinehart, Jason M Crawford
Nonribosomal peptides represent a large class of metabolites with pharmaceutical relevance. Pteridines, such as pterins, folates, and flavins, are heterocyclic metabolites that often serve as redox-active cofactors. The biosynthetic machineries for construction of these distinct classes of small molecules operate independently in the cell. Here, we discovered an unprecedented nonribosomal peptide synthetase-like-pteridine synthase hybrid biosynthetic gene cluster in Photorhabdus luminescens using genome synteny analysis...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430985/arabidopsis-cp12-mutants-have-reduced-levels-of-phosphoribulokinase-and-impaired-function-of-the-calvin-benson-cycle
#13
Patricia Elena López-Calcagno, Amani Omar Abuzaid, Tracy Lawson, Christine Anne Raines
CP12 is a small, redox-sensitive protein, the most detailed understanding of which is the thioredoxin-mediated regulation of the Calvin-Benson cycle, where it facilitates the formation of a complex between glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) and phosphoribulokinase (PRK) in response to changes in light intensity. In most organisms, CP12 proteins are encoded by small multigene families, where the importance of each individual CP12 gene in vivo has not yet been reported. We used Arabidopsis thaliana T-DNA mutants and RNAi transgenic lines with reduced levels of CP12 transcript to determine the relative importance of each of the CP12 genes...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430965/nrf2-regulates-the-inflammatory-response-including-heme-oxygenase-1-induction-by-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-lipid-associated-membrane-proteins-in-thp-1-cells
#14
Jihong Hu, Chunyan Chen, Guangli Ou, Xiaoxing You, Tianping Tan, Xinnian Hu, Yihua Zeng, Minjun Yu, Cuiming Zhu
A series of inflammatory responses caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae largely depend on the lipid-associated membrane proteins (LAMPs). Nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), a transcription factor, is considered to be a critical modulator of inflammatory responses and cellular redox homeostasis. Monocytes play an important role in the invasion and immunity to resist pathogens. Here, we investigated the role of Nrf2 in the anti-inflammatory response stimulated by LAMPs using the human monocyte cell line THP-1...
April 18, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430422/gauging-donor-acceptor-properties-and-redox-stability-of-chelating-click-derived-triazoles-and-triazolylidenes-a-case-study-with-rhenium-i-complexes
#15
Lisa Suntrup, Sinja Klenk, Johannes Klein, Sebastian Sobottka, Biprajit Sarkar
Bidentate ligands containing at least one triazole or triazolylidene (mesoionic carbene, MIC) unit are extremely popular in contemporary chemistry. One reason for their popularity is the similarities as well as differences in the donor/acceptor properties that these ligands display in comparison to their pyridine or other N-heterocyclic carbene counterparts. We present here seven rhenium(I) carbonyl complexes where the bidentate ligands contain combinations of pyridine/triazole/triazolylidene. These are the first examples of rhenium(I) complexes with bidentate 1,2,3-triazol-5-ylidene-containing ligands...
April 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430191/activating-lattice-oxygen-redox-reactions-in-metal-oxides-to-catalyse-oxygen-evolution
#16
Alexis Grimaud, Oscar Diaz-Morales, Binghong Han, Wesley T Hong, Yueh-Lin Lee, Livia Giordano, Kelsey A Stoerzinger, Marc T M Koper, Yang Shao-Horn
Understanding how materials that catalyse the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) function is essential for the development of efficient energy-storage technologies. The traditional understanding of the OER mechanism on metal oxides involves four concerted proton-electron transfer steps on metal-ion centres at their surface and product oxygen molecules derived from water. Here, using in situ (18)O isotope labelling mass spectrometry, we provide direct experimental evidence that the O2 generated during the OER on some highly active oxides can come from lattice oxygen...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430122/a-comprehensive-diverse-omics-approach-to-better-understanding-the-molecular-pathomechanisms-of-down-syndrome
#17
REVIEW
Keiichi Ishihara, Satoshi Akiba
Diverse '-omics' technologies permit the comprehensive quantitative profiling of a variety of biological molecules. Comparative '-omics' analyses, such as transcriptomics and proteomics, are powerful and useful tools for unraveling the molecular pathomechanisms of various diseases. As enhanced oxidative stress has been demonstrated in humans and mice with Down syndrome (DS), a redox proteomic analysis is useful for understanding how enhanced oxidative stress aggravates the state of individuals with oxidative stress-related disorders...
April 21, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429615/regulation-of-vascular-large-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-by-nrf2-signalling
#18
Yong Li, Xiao-Li Wang, Xiaojing Sun, Qiang Chai, Jingchao Li, Benjamin Thompson, Win-Kuang Shen, Tong Lu, Hon-Chi Lee
BK channels are major ionic determinants of vasodilation. BK channel function is impaired in diabetic vessels due to accelerated proteolysis of its beta-1 (BK-β1) subunits in response to increased oxidative stress. The nuclear factor E2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) signalling pathway has emerged as a master regulator of cellular redox status, and we hypothesized that it plays a central role in regulating BK channel function in diabetic vessels. We found that Nrf2 expression was markedly reduced in db/db diabetic mouse aortas, and this was associated with significant downregulation of BK-β1...
April 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429506/a-robust-and-conductive-black-tin-oxide-nanostructure-makes-efficient-lithium-ion-batteries-possible
#19
Wujie Dong, Jijian Xu, Chao Wang, Yue Lu, Xiangye Liu, Xin Wang, Xiaotao Yuan, Zhe Wang, Tianquan Lin, Manling Sui, I-Wei Chen, Fuqiang Huang
SnO2 -based lithium-ion batteries have low cost and high energy density, but their capacity fades rapidly during lithiation/delithiation due to phase aggregation and cracking. These problems can be mitigated by using highly conducting black SnO2-x , which homogenizes the redox reactions and stabilizes fine, fracture-resistant Sn precipitates in the Li2 O matrix. Such fine Sn precipitates and their ample contact with Li2 O proliferate the reversible Sn → Li x Sn → Sn → SnO2 /SnO2-x cycle during charging/discharging...
April 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429421/a-boat-shaped-tetracationic-macrocycle-with-a-semiconducting-organic-framework
#20
Minh T Nguyen, Matthew D Krzyaniak, Magdalena Owczarek, Daniel P Ferris, Michael R Wasielewski, J Fraser Stoddart
We report the synthesis of a tetracationic macrocycle which contains two N,N'-bis(methylene)naphthalenediimide units inserted in between the pyridinium rings of the bipyridinium units in cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT(4+) or "blue box") and describe the investigation of its potential use in materials for organic electronics. The incorporation of the two naphthalenediimide (NDI) units into the constitution of CBPQT(4+) , not only changes the supramolecular properties of the tetracation in the solid state, but also has a profound influence on the electrochemical and electronic behavior of the resulting tetracationic macrocycle...
April 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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