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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811853/effects-of-sevelamer-hydrochloride-on-uremic-toxins-serum-indoxyl-sulfate-and-p-cresyl-sulfate-in-hemodialysis-patients
#1
Cheng-Jui Lin, Chi-Feng Pan, Chih-Kuang Chuang, Hsuan-Liang Liu, Sung-Fa Huang, Han-Hsiang Chen, Chih-Jen Wu
BACKGROUND: Beside the phosphate binding effect, non-calcium non-aluminum phosphate binder, namely sevelamer hydrochloride (SH), has many other effects in dialysis patients. It can absorb many other compounds, decrease low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) level, and attenuate the progression of vascular calcification; it has been reported to have anti-inflammatory effect. However, it is not clear whether it has any effect on uremic toxins, i.e. serum indoxyl sulfate (IS) and p-cresyl sulfate, (PCS) in hemodialysis (HD) patients...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811664/structure-based-cross-docking-analysis-of-antibody-antigen-interactions
#2
Krishna Praneeth Kilambi, Jeffrey J Gray
Antibody-antigen interactions are critical to our immune response, and understanding the structure-based biophysical determinants for their binding specificity and affinity is of fundamental importance. We present a computational structure-based cross-docking study to test the identification of native antibody-antigen interaction pairs among cognate and non-cognate complexes. We picked a dataset of 17 antibody-antigen complexes of which 11 have both bound and unbound structures available, and we generated a representative ensemble of cognate and non-cognate complexes...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811153/the-design-of-target-specific-antibodies-scfv-by-applying-de-novo-workflow-case-study-on-bmr1-antigen-from-brugia-malayi
#3
Bee Yin Khor, Theam Soon Lim, Rahmah Noordin, Yee Siew Choong
De novo approach was applied to design single chain fragment variable (scFv) for BmR1, a recombinant antigen from Bm17DIII gene which is the primary antigen used for the detection of anti-BmR1 IgG4 antibodies in the diagnostic of lymphatic filariasis. Three epitopes of the BmR1 was previously predicted form an ab initio derived three-dimensional structure. A collection of energetically favourable conformations was generated via hot-spot-centric approach. This resulted in a set of three different scFv scaffolds used to compute the high shape complementary conformations via dock-and-design approach with the predicted epitopes of BmR1...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811021/quantitative-analysis-of-major-and-trace-elements-in-nh4hf2-modified-silicate-rock-powders-by-laser-ablation-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
#4
Wen Zhang, Zhaochu Hu, Yongsheng Liu, Wenwu Yang, Haihong Chen, Shenghong Hu, Hongyan Xiao
In this paper, we described a NH4HF2 digestion method as sample preparation for the rapid determination of major and trace elements in silicate rocks using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Sample powders digested by NH4HF2 at 230 °C for 3 h form ultrafine powders with a typical grain size d80 < 8.5 μm, and various silicate rocks have a consistent grain morphology and size, allowing us to produce pressed powder pellets that have excellent cohesion and homogeneity suitable for laser ablation micro-analysis without the addition of binder...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809479/natural-seminal-amyloids-as-targets-for-development-of-synthetic-inhibitors-of-hiv-transmission
#5
Daniel A Sheik, Stephen Dewhurst, Jerry Yang
Amyloids refer to a class of protein or peptide aggregates that are heterogeneous in size, morphology, and composition, and are implicated to play a central role in many neurodegenerative and systemic diseases. The strong correlation between biological activity and extent of aggregation of amyloidogenic proteins and peptides has led to an explosion of research efforts to target these materials with synthetic molecules or engineered antibodies to try to attenuate their function in disease pathology. Although many of these efforts to attenuate amyloid function have shown great promise in laboratory settings, the vast majority of work has been focused on targeting amyloids associated with neurologic diseases, which has been met with significant additional challenges that preclude clinical evaluation...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809469/electrostatic-polysulfides-confinement-to-inhibit-redox-shuttle-process-in-the-lithium-sulfur-batteries
#6
Min Ling, Wenjun Yan, Ayako Kawase, Hui Zhao, Yanbao Fu, Vincent S Battaglia, Gao Liu
Cationic polymer can capture polysulfide ions and inhibit polysulfide shuttle effect in lithium sulfur (Li-S) rechargeable batteries, enhancing the Li-S battery cycling performance. The cationic poly[bis(2-chloroethyl) ether-alt-1,3-bis[3-(dimethylamino) propyl]urea] quaternized (PQ) with a high density quaternary ammonium cations can trap the lithium polysulfide through the electrostatic attraction between positively charged quaternary ammonium (R4N+) and negatively charged polysulfide (Sx2-). PQ binder based sulfur electrodes deliver much higher capacity and provide better stability than traditional polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) binder based electrodes in Li-S cells...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808263/ising-ferromagnets-on-proximity-graphs-with-varying-disorder-of-the-node-placement
#7
Hendrik Schawe, Christoph Norrenbrock, Alexander K Hartmann
We perform Monte Carlo simulations to determine the critical temperatures of Ising Ferromagnets (IFM) on different types of two-dimensional proximity graphs, in which the distribution of their underlying node sets has been changed systematically by means of a parameter σ. This allows us to interpolate between regular grids and proximity graphs based on complete random placement of nodes. Each edge of the planar proximity graphs carries a weighted ferromagnetic coupling. The coupling strengths are determined via the Euclidean distances between coupled spins...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807818/novel-concentrated-water-in-oil-emulsions-based-on-a-non-ionic-silicone-surfactant-appealing-application-properties-and-tuneable-viscoelasticity
#8
Lisa Binder, Johannes Jatschka, Dieter Baurecht, Michael Wirth, Claudia Valenta
Silicone excipients are non-irritating ingredients that are extensively used in topical formulations. In the present study, innovative water-in-oil emulsions with a high water content stabilised by a non-ionic silicone surfactant were developed. Effects of formulation composition on its properties and stability were investigated. It was possible to prepare highly stable emulsions with a water volume fraction of up to 80%. The emulsions exhibited desirable application properties such as non-sticky and cooling qualities...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806644/effects-of-the-fluorine-substituent-positions-of-the-intercalating-ligands-on-the-binding-behavior-and-third-strand-stabilization-of-two-ru-ii-complexes-toward-poly-u-%C3%A2-poly-a-poly-u-triplex-rna
#9
Mengna Peng, Wen Ni, Lifeng Tan
Two new Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes containing fluorine substituents, [Ru(bpy)2(o-fpip)](2+) (Ru1, bpy=2,2'-bipyridine, o-fpip=2-(2-fluorophenyl)imidazo[4,5-f] [1,10]phenanthroline) and [Ru(bpy)2(p-fpip)](2+) (Ru2, p-fpip=2-(4-fluorophenyl)imidazo[4,5-f] [1,10]phenanthroline) have been synthesized as binders for poly(U)•poly(A)∗poly(U) triplex RNA. The binding of the two complexes with the triplex RNA has been investigated by spectroscopic methods and viscosity measurements. Analysis of the electronic absorption spectra indicates that the association of intercalating Ru2 with the triplex RNA is greater than that of Ru1, which is also supported by spectroscopic titrations and viscosity measurements...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805498/gingiskhan%C3%A2-protease-cleavage-allows-a-high-throughput-antibody-to-fab-conversion-enabling-direct-functional-assessment-during-lead-identification-of-human-monoclonal-and-bispecific-igg1-antibodies
#10
Jörg Moelleken, Manuel Endesfelder, Christian Gassner, Sabine Lingke, Simone Tomaschek, Oksana Tyshchuk, Stefan Lorenz, Ulrike Reiff, Michael Mølhøj
The determination of the binding strength of immunoglobulins (IgGs) to targets can be influenced by avidity when the targets are soluble di- or multimeric proteins, or associated to cell surfaces, including surfaces introduced from heterogeneous assays. However, for the understanding of the contribution of a second drug-to-target binding site in molecular design, or for ranking of monovalent binders during lead identification, affinity-based assessment of the binding strength is required. Typically, monovalent binders like antigen-binding fragments (Fabs) are generated by proteolytic cleavage with papain, which often results in a combination of under- and over-digestion, and requires specific optimization and chromatographic purification of the desired Fabs...
August 14, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805373/inefficient-ribosomal-skipping-enables-simultaneous-secretion-and-display-of-proteins-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#11
Carlos A Cruz-Teran, Karthik Tiruthani, Adam Mischler, Balaji M Rao
The need for recombinant expression of soluble protein slows the validation of engineered proteins isolated from combinatorial libraries and limits the number of protein variants evaluated. To overcome this bottleneck, we describe a system for simultaneous cell surface display and soluble secretion of proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae based on inefficient ribosomal skipping. Ribosomal skipping mediated by "self-cleaving" 2A peptides produces two proteins from a single open reading frame. Incorporation of the F2A peptide sequence-with ∼50% efficiency of ribosomal skipping-between the protein of interest and the yeast cell wall protein Aga2 results in simultaneous expression of both the solubly secreted protein and the protein-Aga2 fusion that is tethered to the yeast cell surface...
August 14, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804596/characterisation-of-tumour-derived-microvesicles-in-cancer-patients-blood-and-correlation-with-clinical-outcome
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Kerstin Menck, Annalen Bleckmann, Astrid Wachter, Bianca Hennies, Lena Ries, Matthias Schulz, Marko Balkenhol, Tobias Pukrop, Bawarjan Schatlo, Ulrike Rost, Dirk Wenzel, Florian Klemm, Claudia Binder
To evaluate whether tumour-derived microvesicles (T-MV), originating from the plasma membrane, represent suitable cancer biomarkers, we isolated MV from peripheral blood samples of cancer patients with locally advanced and/or metastatic solid tumours (n = 330, including 79 head & neck cancers, 74 lung cancers, 41 breast cancers, 28 colorectal cancers and 108 with other cancer forms) and controls (n = 103). Whole MV preparations were characterised using flow cytometry. While MV carrying the tumour-associated proteins MUC1, EGFR and EpCAM were found to be enhanced in a tumour-subtype-specific way in patients' blood, expression of the matrix metalloproteinase inducer EMMPRIN was increased independent of tumour type...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802714/in-silico-structure-based-approaches-to-discover-protein-protein-interaction-targeting-drugs
#13
REVIEW
Woong-Hee Shin, Charles W Christoffer, Daisuke Kihara
A core concept behind modern drug discovery is finding a small molecule that modulates a function of a target protein. This concept has been successfully applied since the mid-1970s. However, the efficiency of drug discovery is decreasing because the druggable target space in the human proteome is limited. Recently, protein-protein interaction (PPI) has been identified as an emerging target space for drug discovery. PPI plays a pivotal role in biological pathways including diseases. Current human interactome research suggests that the number of PPIs ranges from 130,000 to 650,000, and only a small number of them have been targeted as drug targets...
August 9, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801664/stat3-induced-long-noncoding-rnas-in-multiple-myeloma-cells-display-different-properties-in-cancer
#14
Stefanie Binder, Nadine Hösler, Diana Riedel, Ivonne Zipfel, Tilo Buschmann, Christoph Kämpf, Kristin Reiche, Renate Burger, Martin Gramatzki, Jörg Hackermüller, Peter F Stadler, Friedemann Horn
Interleukin-6 (IL-6)-activated Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) facilitates survival in the multiple myeloma cell line INA-6 and therefore represents an oncogenic key player. However, the biological mechanisms are still not fully understood. In previous studies we identified microRNA-21 as a STAT3 target gene with strong anti-apoptotic potential, suggesting that noncoding RNAs have an impact on the pathogenesis of human multiple myeloma. Here, we describe five long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) induced by IL-6-activated STAT3, which we named STAiRs...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801166/nuclear-factor-erythroid-derived-2-like-2-nrf2-drug-discovery-biochemical-toolbox-to-develop-nrf2-activators-by-reversible-binding-of-kelch-like-ech-associated-protein-1-keap1
#15
REVIEW
Alberto Bresciani, Antonino Missineo, Mariana Gallo, Mauro Cerretani, Paola Fezzardi, Licia Tomei, Daniel Oscar Cicero, Sergio Altamura, Alessia Santoprete, Raffaele Ingenito, Elisabetta Bianchi, Robert Pacifici, Celia Dominguez, Ignacio Munoz-Sanjuan, Steven Harper, Leticia Toledo-Sherman, Larry C Park
Mechanisms that activate innate antioxidant responses, as a way to mitigate oxidative stress at the site of action, hold much therapeutic potential in diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease, where the use of antioxidants as monotherapy has not yielded positive results. The nuclear factor NRF2 is a transcription factor whose activity upregulates the expression of cell detoxifying enzymes in response to oxidative stress. NRF2 levels are modulated by KEAP1, a sensor of oxidative stress...
August 8, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801122/deoxycholic-acid-a-metabolite-of-circulating-bile-acids-and-coronary-artery-vascular-calcification-in-ckd
#16
Anna Jovanovich, Tamara Isakova, Geoffrey Block, Jason Stubbs, Gerard Smits, Michel Chonchol, Makoto Miyazaki
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcification is common among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and it is associated with all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality. Deoxycholic acid, a metabolite of circulating bile acids, is elevated in CKD and induces vascular mineralization and osteogenic differentiation in animal models. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort analysis of clinical trial participants. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 112 patients with moderate to severe CKD (estimated glomerular filtration rate, 20-45mL/min/1...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800098/porous-graphene-oxide-prepared-on-nickel-foam-by-electrophoretic-deposition-and-thermal-reduction-as-high-performance-supercapacitor-electrodes
#17
Yunhe Xu, Jun Li, Wenxin Huang
A simple electrophoretic deposition method was developed to prepare graphene oxide (GO) films on the frameworks of nickel foam without any conductive agents and polymer binders. Then, GO was transformed into thermally-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) at an appropriate temperature. The effects of deposition voltage and thermal reduction temperature on the electrochemical properties of RGO were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge/discharge. The appropriate combination of deposition voltage and thermal reduction temperature was established...
August 11, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799401/overview-understanding-nucleation-phenomena-from-simulations-of-lattice-gas-models
#18
Kurt Binder, Peter Virnau
Monte Carlo simulations of homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation in Ising/lattice gas models are reviewed with an emphasis on the general insight gained on the mechanisms by which metastable states decay. Attention is paid to the proper distinction of particles that belong to a cluster (droplet), that may trigger a nucleation event, from particles in its environment, a problem crucial near the critical point. Well below the critical point, the lattice structure causes an anisotropy of the interface tension, and hence nonspherical droplet shapes result, making the treatment nontrivial even within the conventional classical theory of homogeneous nucleation...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798334/nitrogen-doped-carbon-paper-with-3d-porous-structure-as-a-flexible-free-standing-anode-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#19
Hua Zhang, Juntan Yang, Haoqing Hou, Shuiliang Chen, Haimin Yao
In this paper, a novel nitrogen-doped carbon paper (NCP) with both highly dense three-dimensional cellular structure and excellent bending flexibility is fabricated by pyrolyzing a melamine foam under compression. When serving as a free-standing anode for lithium-ion batteries, the NCP electrode delivers a reversible capacity up to 329.8 mA h g(-1) after 200 cycles at 0.5 A g(-1) (1.34 C) and 126.5 mA h g(-1) after 500 cycles at 8.0 A g(-1) (21.5 C). Such electrochemical performance is much higher than those of the counterparts prepared by pyrolysis without compression and can be mainly attributed to (a) the 3D highly dense interconnected carbon network with numerous junctions which can facilitate the efficient electron transfer and provide short transportation paths for lithium ions; and (b) the excellent mechanical flexibility and self-standing capability which exempt the use of binder, conductive additive and current collector...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797166/patternable-solvent-processed-thermoplastic-graphite-electrodes
#20
Kevin Klunder, Zach Nilsson, Justin Sambur, Charles S Henry
Since their invention in the 1950's, composite carbon electrodes have been employed in a wide variety of applications, ranging from batteries and fuel cells to chemical sensors because they are easy to make and pattern at millimeter scales. Despite their widespread use, traditional carbon composite electrodes have substandard electrochemistry relative to metallic and glassy carbon electrodes. As a result, there is a critical need for new composite carbon electrodes that are highly electrochemically active, have universal and easy fabrication into complex geometries, are highly conductive, and are low cost...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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