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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914369/dna-tetrahedral-scaffolds-based-platform-for-the-construction-of-electrochemiluminescence-biosensor
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Qiu-Mei Feng, Zhen Zhou, Mei-Xing Li, Wei Zhao, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
Proximal metallic nanoparticles (NPs) could quench the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) emission of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) due to Förster energy transfer (FRET), but at a certain distance, the coupling of light-emission with surface plasmon resonance (SPR) result in enhanced ECL. Thus, the modification strategies and distances control between QDs and metallic NPs are critical for the ECL intensity of QDs. In this strategy, a SPR enhanced ECL sensor based on DNA tetrahedral scaffolds modified platform was reported for the detection of telomerase activity...
November 27, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914330/synergistic-effect-of-p-n-heterojunction-supporting-and-zeolite-nanoparticles-in-enhanced-photocatalytic-activity-of-nio-and-sno2
#2
Hadis Derikvandi, Alireza Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh
Increased photocatalytic activity of NiO and SnO2 was achieved by coupling and supporting of them onto clinoptilolite nanoparticles (NC) via calcination of Ni(II)-Sn(IV) - exchanged NC in photocatalytic degradation of metronidazole (MZ) aqueous solution. XRD, XRF, FTIR, SEM, X-ray mapping, DRS, TEM, BET Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy techniques (EIS) were used for characterization of samples. Red shift occurred in bang gap energies of the coupled semiconductors with respect to monocomponent one...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914306/a-contactless-ultrasonic-surface-wave-approach-to-characterize-distributed-cracking-damage-in-concrete
#3
Suyun Ham, Homin Song, Michael L Oelze, John S Popovics
We describe an approach that utilizes ultrasonic surface wave backscatter measurements to characterize the volume content of relatively small distributed defects (microcrack networks) in concrete. A simplified weak scattering model is used to demonstrate that the scattered wave field projected in the direction of the surface wave propagation is relatively insensitive to scatterers that are smaller than the propagating wavelength, while the scattered field projected in the opposite direction is more sensitive to sub-wavelength scatterers...
November 9, 2016: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914260/the-extent-of-fermentative-transformation-of-phenolic-compounds-in-the-bioanode-controls-exoelectrogenic-activity-in-a-microbial-electrolysis-cell
#4
Xiaofei Zeng, Maya A Collins, Abhijeet P Borole, Spyros G Pavlostathis
Phenolic compounds in hydrolysate/pyrolysate and wastewater streams produced during the pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production present a significant challenge in downstream processes. Bioelectrochemical systems are increasingly recognized as an alternative technology to handle biomass-derived streams and to promote water reuse in biofuel production. Thus, a thorough understanding of the fate of phenolic compounds in bioanodes is urgently needed. The present study investigated the biotransformation of three structurally similar phenolic compounds (syringic acid, SA; vanillic acid, VA; 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, HBA), and their individual contribution to exoelectrogenesis in a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) bioanode...
November 27, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914058/osprey-predicts-resistance-mutations-using-positive-and-negative-computational-protein-design
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Adegoke Ojewole, Anna Lowegard, Pablo Gainza, Stephanie M Reeve, Ivelin Georgiev, Amy C Anderson, Bruce R Donald
Drug resistance in protein targets is an increasingly common phenomenon that reduces the efficacy of both existing and new antibiotics. However, knowledge of future resistance mutations during pre-clinical phases of drug development would enable the design of novel antibiotics that are robust against not only known resistant mutants, but also against those that have not yet been clinically observed. Computational structure-based protein design (CSPD) is a transformative field that enables the prediction of protein sequences with desired biochemical properties such as binding affinity and specificity to a target...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914045/achievements-and-challenges-in-computational-protein-design
#6
Ilan Samish
Computational protein design (CPD), a yet evolving field, includes computer-aided engineering for partial or full de novo designs of proteins of interest. Designs are defined by a requested structure, function, or working environment. This chapter describes the birth and maturation of the field by presenting 101 CPD examples in a chronological order emphasizing achievements and pending challenges. Integrating these aspects presents the plethora of CPD approaches with the hope of providing a "CPD 101". These reflect on the broader structural bioinformatics and computational biophysics field and include: (1) integration of knowledge-based and energy-based methods, (2) hierarchical designated approach towards local, regional, and global motifs and the integration of high- and low-resolution design schemes that fit each such region, (3) systematic differential approaches towards different protein regions, (4) identification of key hot-spot residues and the relative effect of remote regions, (5) assessment of shape-complementarity, electrostatics and solvation effects, (6) integration of thermal plasticity and functional dynamics, (7) negative design, (8) systematic integration of experimental approaches, (9) objective cross-assessment of methods, and (10) successful ranking of potential designs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914016/ms-ms-assisted-design-of-sequence-controlled-synthetic-polymers-for-improved-reading-of-encoded-information
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Laurence Charles, Gianni Cavallo, Valérie Monnier, Laurence Oswald, Roza Szweda, Jean-François Lutz
In order to improve their MS/MS sequencing, structure of sequence-controlled synthetic polymers can be optimized based on considerations regarding their fragmentation behavior in collision-induced dissociation conditions, as demonstrated here for two digitally encoded polymer families. In poly(triazole amide)s, the main dissociation route proceeded via cleavage of the amide bond in each monomer, hence allowing the chains to be safely sequenced. However, a competitive cleavage of an ether bond in a tri(ethylene glycol) spacer placed between each coding moiety complicated MS/MS spectra while not bringing new structural information...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913573/thyroid-hormones-induce-browning-of-white-fat
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Noelia Martinez, José María Moreno-Navarrete, Cristina Contreras, Eva Rial-Pensado, Johan Fernø, Rubén Nogueiras, Carlos Diéguez, José M Fernández-Real, Miguel López
The canonical view about the effect of thyroid hormones (THs) on thermogenesis assumes that the hypothalamus acts merely as a modulator of the sympathetic outflow on brown adipose tissue (BAT). Recent data have challenged that vision by demonstrating that THs act on the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH) to inhibit AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which regulates the thermogenic program in BAT, leading to increased thermogenesis and weight loss. Current data have shown that in addition to activation of brown fat, the browning of white adipose tissue (WAT) might be also an important thermogenic mechanism...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913220/mapk-erk-activity-is-required-for-the-successful-progression-of-mitosis-in-sea-urchin-embryos
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Mulner-Lorillon Odile, Chassé Héloïse, Morales Julia, Bellé Robert, Cormier Patrick
Using sea urchin embryos, we demonstrate that the MEK/MAPK/ERK cascade is essential for the proper progression of the cell cycle. Activation of a limited fraction of MAPK/ERK is required between S-phase and M-phase. Neither DNA replication nor CDK1 activation are impacted by the inhibition of this small active MAPK/ERK fraction. Nonetheless, the chromatin and spindle organisations are profoundly altered. Early morphological disorders induced by the absence of MAPK/ERK activation are correlated with an important inhibition of global protein synthesis and modification in the cyclin B accumulation profile...
November 29, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913061/study-of-visible-light-activated-polymerization-in-bisgma-tegdma-monomers-with-type-1-and-type-2-photoinitiators-using-raman-spectroscopy
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Tritala K Vaidyanathan, Jayalakshmi Vaidyanathan, Pambadikandathil Philipose Lizymol, Saraswathy Ariya, Kalliyana Venketeswaran Krishnan
OBJECTIVE: The goal of the study was to characterize the efficiency of polymerization of Type 1 and Type 2 initiators for visible light cure of a BisGMA-TEGDMA monomer mixture. METHODS: Raman spectroscopy was used to follow conversion during polymerization of a BisGMA-TEGDMA mixture using a Type I photoinitiator diphenyl(2,4,6 dimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide (TPO) and a Type II photoinitiator camphorquinone (CQ) and an amine, both initiators at 0.5wt.%. Different light exposure times and storage times after light curing were used as variables...
November 29, 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913058/effect-of-urea-on-protein-ligand-association
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Lora Stepanian, Ikbae Son, Tigran V Chalikian
We combine experimental and theoretical approaches to investigate the influence of a cosolvent on a ligand-protein association event. We apply fluorescence measurements to determining the affinity of the inhibitor tri-N-acetylglucosamine [(GlcNAc)3] for lysozyme at urea concentrations ranging from 0 to 8M. Notwithstanding that, at room temperature and neutral pH, lysozyme retains its native conformation up to the solubility limit of urea, the affinity of (GlcNAc)3 for the protein steadily decreases as the concentration of urea increases...
November 25, 2016: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912967/qualitative-analysis-of-copaifera-oleoresin-using-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-and-gas-chromatography-with-classical-and-cold-electron-ionisation-mass-spectrometry
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Yong Foo Wong, Thais M Uekane, Claudia M Rezende, Humberto R Bizzo, Philip J Marriott
Improved separation of both sesquiterpenes and diterpenic acids in Copaifera multijuga Hayne oleoresin, is demonstrated by using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) coupled to accurate mass time-of-flight mass spectrometry (accTOFMS). GC×GC separation employs polar phases (including ionic liquid phases) as the first dimension ((1)D) column, combined with a lower polarity (2)D phase. Elution temperatures (Te) of diterpenic acids (in methyl ester form, DAME) increased as the (1)D McReynolds' polarity value of the column phase decreased...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912948/therapeutic-efficacy-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-kuan-sin-yin-in-patients-undergoing-chemotherapy-for-advanced-colon-cancer-a-controlled-trial
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Tsai-Ju Chien, Chia-Yu Liu, Ruey-Hwa Lu, Chin-Wei Kuo, Yang-Chao Lin, Chung-Hua Hsu
BACKGROUND: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used increasingly as complementary medicine in cancer care. Kuan-Sin-Yin (KSY) is a TCM decoction containing seven herbs known to cause immunomodulation or anticancer activity, and which are associated with the TCM concept of Qi and energy supply. Kuan-Sin-Yin has cytostatic effects on cancer cells in animal models. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the level of improvement in meridian energy and heart-rate variability (HRV) and to assess whether these observations are compatible with TCM theory...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912678/the-physiology-and-molecular-underpinnings-of-the-effects-of-bariatric-surgery-on-obesity-and-diabetes
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Simon S Evers, Darleen A Sandoval, Randy J Seeley
Bariatric surgeries, such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy, produce significant and durable weight loss in both humans and rodents. Recently, these surgical interventions have also been termed metabolic surgery because they result in profound metabolic improvements that often surpass the expected improvement due to body weight loss alone. In this review we focus on the weight-loss independent effects of bariatric surgery, which encompass energy expenditure and macronutrient preference, the luminal composition of the gut (i...
November 28, 2016: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912166/valence-eels-below-the-limit-of-inelastic-delocalization-using-conical-dark-field-eftem-or-bessel-beams
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Michael Stöger-Pollach, Thomas Schachinger, Kati Biedermann, Volkhard Beyer
In this experimental work we present novel methods to increase the spatial resolution of valence electron energy loss spectrometry (VEELS) investigations below the limit given by the inelastic delocalization. For this purpose we analyse a layer stack consisting of silicon/silicon-oxide/silicon-nitride/silicon-oxide/silicon (SONOS) with varying layer thickness down to the 2nm level. Using a combination of a conical illumination and energy filtered transmission electron microscopy we are able to identify the layers by using low energy losses...
November 22, 2016: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912165/biomarker-analysis-of-american-toad-anaxyrus-americanus-and-grey-tree-frog-hyla-versicolor-tadpoles-following-exposure-to-atrazine
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Marcía N Snyder, W Matthew Henderson, Donna A Glinski, S Thomas Purucker
The objective of the current study was to use a biomarker-based approach to investigate the influence of atrazine exposure on American toad (Anaxyrus americanus) and grey tree frog (Hyla versicolor) tadpoles. Atrazine is one of the most frequently detected herbicides in environmental matrices throughout the United States. In surface waters, it has been found at concentrations from 0.04-2859μg/L and thus presents a likely exposure scenario for non-target species such as amphibians. Studies have examined the effect of atrazine on the metamorphic parameters of amphibians, however, the data are often contradictory...
November 21, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912153/overground-vs-treadmill-walking-on-biomechanical-energy-harvesting-an-energetics-and-emg-study
#17
Jean-Paul Martin, Qingguo Li
A biomechanical energy harvester is a wearable device that generates electricity from human motion. Walking on a treadmill has been used almost exclusively by researchers for studying the energetic effects of biomechanical energy harvesters and wearable robotics. A treadmill provides the advantage of having long duration trials within a stationary motion capture volume. However, no consensus exists on whether the results from treadmill walking accurately represent overground walking. We aim to investigate how a biomechanical energy harvester performs overground compared to on a treadmill by measuring energy expenditure and muscle activity...
November 19, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911858/the-antidepressant-fluoxetine-induces-necrosis-by-energy-depletion-and-mitochondrial-calcium-overload
#18
Emilie Charles, Mehdi Hammadi, Philippe Kischel, Vanessa Delcroix, Nicolas Demaurex, Cyril Castelbout, Anne-Marie Vacher, Anne Devin, Thomas Ducret, Paula Nunes, Pierre Vacher
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor antidepressants, such as fluoxetine (Prozac), have been shown to induce cell death in cancer cells, paving the way for their potential use as cancer therapy. These compounds are able to increase cytosolic calcium concentration ([Ca2+]cyt), but the involved mechanisms and their physiological consequences are still not well understood. Here, we show that fluoxetine induces an increase in [Ca2+]cyt by emptying the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) through the translocon, an ER Ca2+ leakage structure...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911855/glutamine-and-glutaminolysis-are-required-for-efficient-replication-of-infectious-spleen-and-kidney-necrosis-virus-in-chinese-perch-brain-cells
#19
Xiaozhe Fu, Xianqin Hu, Ningqiu Li, Feifei Zheng, Xingxing Dong, Jing Duan, Qiang Lin, Jiagang Tu, Lijuan Zhao, Zhibin Huang, Jianguo Su, Li Lin
Viruses rely on host cellular metabolism for energy and macromolecule synthesis during their replication. Infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus (ISKNV) causes significant economic losses in the Chinese perch (Siniperca chuatsi) industry worldwide. However, little is known about the relationship between ISKNV replication and cellular metabolism. Using transcriptomic analysis, we observed that glutamine metabolism in Chinese perch brain (CPB) cells is altered during ISKNV infection. Moreover, ISKNV replication was decreased in CPB cells cultured in the glutamine-depleted medium...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911778/enhanced-stochastic-fluctuations-to-measure-steep-adhesive-energy-landscapes
#20
Ahmad Haider, Daniel Potter, Todd A Sulchek
Free-energy landscapes govern the behavior of all interactions in the presence of thermal fluctuations in the fields of physical chemistry, materials sciences, and the biological sciences. From the energy landscape, critical information about an interaction, such as the reaction kinetic rates, bond lifetimes, and the presence of intermediate states, can be determined. Despite the importance of energy landscapes to understanding reaction mechanisms, most experiments do not directly measure energy landscapes, particularly for interactions with steep force gradients that lead to premature jump to contact of the probe and insufficient sampling of transition regions...
November 23, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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