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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930473/molecular-insights-into-human-serum-albumin-as-a-receptor-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-in-the-extracellular-region
#1
Tae Su Choi, Hyuck Jin Lee, Jong Yoon Han, Mi Hee Lim, Hugh I Kim
Regulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation by metal ions and proteins is essential for understanding the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Human serum albumin (HSA), a regulator of metal and protein transportation, can modulate metal-Aβ interactions and Aβ aggregation in human fluid; however, the molecular mechanisms for such activities remain unclear. Herein, we report the molecular-level complexation between Zn(II), Cu(II), Aβ, and HSA, which is able to alter the aggregation and cytotoxicity of Aβ peptides and induce their cellular transportation...
September 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930428/ion-transport-in-confined-geometries-below-the-nanoscale-access-resistance-dominates-protein-channel-conductance-in-diluted-solutions
#2
Antonio Alcaraz, M Lidón López, María Queralt-Martín, Vicente M Aguilella
Synthetic nanopores and mesoscopic protein channels have common traits like the importance of electrostatic interactions between the permeating ions and the nanochannel. Ion transport at the nanoscale occurs under confinement conditions so that the usual assumptions made in microfluidics are challenged, among others, by interfacial effects such as access resistance (AR). Here we show that a sound interpretation of electrophysiological measurements in terms of channel ion selective properties requires the consideration of interfacial effects, up to the point that they dominate protein channel conductance in diluted solutions...
September 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929599/rutile-tio2-mesocrystals-as-a-novel-sulfur-host-for-high-performance-lithium-sulfur-batteries
#3
Qingqing Sun, Kaixiang Chen, Yubin Liu, Yafeng Li, Mingdeng Wei
Although Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries are one of the most promising rechargeable batteries in energy storage devices, the poor cycling performance of Li-S batteries restricts their potential application. The polar materials can improve the cycling stability due to their inherent strong chemical interaction with polysulfides. Herein, a novel rutile TiO2 mesocrystals (RTMs) was employed as the host of sulfur in Li-S, displaying a stable cycling performance with a capacity retention of 64% and a small average capacity decay rate of 0...
September 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929461/the-isolation-culture-and-propagation-of-murine-intestinal-enteroids-for-the-study-of-dietary-lipid-metabolism
#4
Diana Li, Hongli Dong, Alison B Kohan
Since the initial report in 2009 by Sato and Clevers, primary enteroids have been of major interest in the fields of stem cell biology and gastrointestinal (GI) tract biology. More recently, we and others have made major inroads into the physiological relevance of these enteroid models and have shown that enteroids derived from the stomach, intestine, or colon recapitulate major functions of these tissues, namely, gastric acid secretion, lipid absorption and lipoprotein secretion, and ion transport. Here, we detail the isolation of stem cells from the small intestine and the culture and propagation of those stem cells into mature three-dimensional enteroids...
September 20, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928236/histone-deacetylase-inhibition-ameliorates-hypertension-and-hyperglycemia-in-a-model-of-cushing-s-syndrome
#5
Hae-Ahm Lee, Seol-Hee Kang, Mina Kim, Eunjo Lee, Hyun-Min Cho, Eun-Kyung Moon, Inkyeom Kim
Cushing's syndrome (CS) caused by hypercortisolism is occasionally accompanied by metabolic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus (DM), dyslipidemia and central obesity. Thus, morbidity and mortality, observed in cardiovascular disease, are elevated in patients with CS. We hypothesized that HDAC inhibition (HDACi) decreased transcriptional activity of glucocorticoid receptor (GR), which ameliorates hypertension and hyperglycemia in patients with CS. To establish an animal model of hypercortisolism, Sprague-Dawley rats were infused with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH, 40 ng/day) or dexamethasone (Dex, 10 μg/day) via osmotic minipumps for 4 weeks...
September 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926723/porous-wo3-graphene-polyester-textile-electrode-materials-with-enhanced-electrochemical-performance-for-flexible-solid-state-supercapacitors
#6
Li-Na Jin, Ping Liu, Chun Jin, Jia-Nan Zhang, Shao-Wei Bian
In this work, a flexible and porous WO3/grapheme/polyester (WO3/G/PT) textile electrode was successfully prepared by in situ growing WO3 on the fiber surface inside G/PT composite fabrics. The unique electrode structure facilitates to enhance the energy storage performance because the 3D conductive network constructed by the G/PT increase the electron transportation rate, nanotructured WO3 exposed enhanced electrochemically active surface area and the hierarchically porous structure improved the electrolyte ion diffusion rate...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926687/advanced-nanostructured-anode-materials-for-sodium-ion-batteries
#7
REVIEW
Qidi Wang, Chenglong Zhao, Yaxiang Lu, Yunming Li, Yuheng Zheng, Yuruo Qi, Xiaohui Rong, Liwei Jiang, Xinguo Qi, Yuanjun Shao, Du Pan, Baohua Li, Yong-Sheng Hu, Liquan Chen
Sodium-ion batteries (NIBs), due to the advantages of low cost and relatively high safety, have attracted widespread attention all over the world, making them a promising candidate for large-scale energy storage systems. However, the inherent lower energy density to lithium-ion batteries is the issue that should be further investigated and optimized. Toward the grid-level energy storage applications, designing and discovering appropriate anode materials for NIBs are of great concern. Although many efforts on the improvements and innovations are achieved, several challenges still limit the current requirements of the large-scale application, including low energy/power densities, moderate cycle performance, and the low initial Coulombic efficiency...
September 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926228/facile-synthesis-of-unique-cellulose-triacetate-based-flexible-and-high-performance-gel-polymer-electrolyte-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#8
Trupti Nirmale, Indrapal Karbhal, Ramchandra S Kalubarme, Manjusha V Shelke, Anjani J Varma, Bharat Bhanudas Kale
Lithium ion batteries (LIBs) with polymer based electrolytes have attracted huge attention due to the possibility of fabricating intrinsically safer and flexible devices. However, economical and eco-friendly sustainable technology is an oncoming challenge to fulfill the ever increasing demand. To circumvent this issue, we have developed gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) based on renewable polymers like cellulose triacetate (CTA) and poly (polyethylene glycol methacrylate) p(PEGMA) by using a photo polymerization technique...
September 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926182/water-dynamics-and-proton-transport-mechanisms-of-nafion%C3%A2-117-phosphotungstic-acid-composite-membrane-a-molecular-dynamics-study
#9
Saeed Akbari, Mohammad Taghi Hamed Mosavian, Ali Ahmadpour, Fatemeh Moosavi
Nafion®/phosphotungstic acid composite membrane and impact of varying concentration of heteropoly acid (HPA) on the well-known effective mechanisms of proton transport were investigated using classical and quantum hopping molecular dynamics simulation. Our simulations demonstrated that the HPA particles exhibited a favorable influence on Grotthuss mechanism in proton transportation at low hydration levels. From radial distribution function examinations, it was found that HPA particles were solvated with water and also exhibited stronger affinity toward hydronium ions...
September 19, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925723/expression-patterns-of-members-of-the-isocitrate-dehydrogenase-gene-family-in-murine-inner-ear
#10
Y-R Kim, K-H Kim, S Lee, S-K Oh, J-W Park, K-Y Lee, J-I Baek, U-K Kim
Age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is characterized by an age-dependent decline of auditory function characterized by with loss of sensory hair cells, spiral ganglion neurons, and stria vascularis (SV) cells in the cochlea of the inner ear. Aging and age-related diseases result from accumulated oxidative damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by mitochondria. The isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) family includes three enzymes in human cells: IDH1, IDH2, and IDH3. Although all three enzymes catalyze the same enzymatic reaction, that is, oxidative decarboxylation of isocitrate to produce α-ketoglutarate, each IDH enzyme has unique features...
September 19, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923771/differential-expression-of-putative-sodium-dependent-cation-chloride-cotransporters-in-aedes-aegypti
#11
Peter M Piermarini, Daniel C Akuma, John C Crow, Taylor L Jamil, Willa G Kerkhoff, Kenyatta C M F Viel, Christopher M Gillen
The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, has three genes that code for proteins with sequence similarity to vertebrate Na(+)-K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporters (NKCCs) of the solute-linked carrier 12 superfamily of cation-chloride cotransporters (CCCs). We hypothesized that these mosquito NKCC orthologues have diverged to perform distinct roles in salt secretion and absorption. In phylogenetic analyses, one protein (aeNKCC1) groups with a Drosophila melanogaster NKCC that mediates salt secretion whereas two others (aeCCC2 and aeCCC3) group with a Drosophila transporter that is not functionally characterized...
September 15, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923049/roflumilast-reverses-cftr-mediated-ion-transport-dysfunction-in-cigarette-smoke-exposed-mice
#12
S Vamsee Raju, Lawrence Rasmussen, Peter A Sloane, Li Ping Tang, Emily Falk Libby, Steven M Rowe
BACKGROUND: Dysfunction in cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) can be elicited by cigarette smoke and is observed in patients with chronic bronchitis. We have previously demonstrated in human airway epithelial cell monolayers that roflumilast, a clinically approved phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor that reduces the risk of exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients with chronic bronchitis and a history of exacerbations, activates CFTR-dependent chloride secretion via a cAMP-mediated pathway, partially restores the detrimental effects of cigarette smoke on CFTR-mediated ion transport, and increases CFTR-dependent gastrointestinal fluid secretion in isolated murine intestine segments...
September 18, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922748/cesium-uptake-by-rice-roots-largely-depends-upon-a-single-gene-hak1-which-encodes-a-potassium-transporter
#13
Hiroki Rai, Saki Yokoyama, Namiko Satoh-Nagasawa, Jun Furukawa, Takiko Nomi, Yasuka Ito, Shigeto Fujimura, Hidekazu Takahashi, Ryuichiro Suzuki, ELMannai Yousra, Akitoshi Goto, Shinichi Fuji, Shin-Ichi Nakamura, Takuro Shinano, Nobuhiro Nagasawa, Hiroetsu Wabiko, Hiroyuki Hattori
Incidents at the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear power stations have resulted in widespread environmental contamination by radioactive nuclides. Among them, 137cesium has a 30 year half-life, and its persistence in soil raises serious food security issues. It is therefore important to prevent plants, especially crop plants, from absorbing radiocesium. In Arabidopsis thaliana, cesium ions are transported into root cells by several different potassium transporters such as high-affinity K+ transporter 5 (AtHAK5)...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922606/three-dimensional-nico2o4-mnmoo4-core-shell-nanoarrays-for-high-performance-asymmetric-supercapacitors
#14
Yuliang Yuan, Weicheng Wang, Jie Yang, Haichao Tang, Zhizhen Ye, Yujia Zeng, Jianguo Lu
Design of new materials with sophisticated nanostructure has been proven to be an efficient strategy to improve their properties in many applications. Herein, we demonstrate the successful combination of high electron conductive materials of NiCo2O4 with the high capacitance materials of MnMoO4 by forming a core-shell nanostructure. The NiCo2O4@MnMoO4 core-shell nanoarrays (CSNAs) electrode possesses high specific capacitance of 4.24 F cm-2 at a current density of 5 mA cm-2, obviously larger than the pristine NiCo2O4 electrode...
September 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922475/a-new-passivation-route-leading-to-over-8-efficient-pbse-quantum-dot-solar-cells-via-direct-ion-exchange-with-perovskite-nanocrystals
#15
Zhilong Zhang, Zihan Chen, Lin Yuan, Weijian Chen, Jianfeng Yang, Bo Wang, Xiaoming Wen, Jianbing Zhang, Long Hu, John A Stride, Gavin J Conibeer, Robert J Patterson, Shujuan Huang
Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) are promising candidate materials for photovoltaics (PV) owing to the tunable bandgap and low-cost solution processability. Lead selenide (PbSe) QDs are particularly attractive to PV applications due to the efficient multiple-exciton generation and carrier transportation. However, surface defects arising from the oxidation of the PbSe QDs have been the major limitation for their development in PV. Here, a new passivation method for chlorinated PbSe QDs via ion exchange with cesium lead halide (Br, I) perovskite nanocrystals is reported...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922384/effects-of-salinity-and-drought-on-growth-ionic-relations-compatible-solutes-and-activation-of-antioxidant-systems-in-oleander-nerium-oleander-l
#16
Dinesh Kumar, Mohamad Al Hassan, Miguel A Naranjo, Veena Agrawal, Monica Boscaiu, Oscar Vicente
Nerium oleander is an ornamental species of high aesthetic value, grown in arid and semi-arid regions because of its drought tolerance, which is also considered as relatively resistant to salt; yet the biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying oleander's stress tolerance remain largely unknown. To investigate these mechanisms, one-year-old oleander seedlings were exposed to 15 and 30 days of treatment with increasing salt concentrations, up to 800 mM NaCl, and to complete withholding of irrigation; growth parameters and biochemical markers characteristic of conserved stress-response pathways were then determined in stressed and control plants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921897/a-combined-experimental-and-theoretical-approaches-to-correlate-the-structure-and-properties-of-n-methylpyrrolidone-based-protic-ionic-liquids
#17
Somenath Panda, Kaushik Kundu, Siva Umapathy, Ramesh Gardas
Correlation of the structure and properties of ionic liquids (ILs) is essential for the development of optimized materials in the fields of gas capture and separation, battery electrolyte, and cellulose dissolution process. In view of this, a detailed vibrational spectroscopic analysis and quantum-chemical calculation were performed to explore the interionic interactions in N-methylpyrrolidone cation and carboxylate anion-based ILs. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy were applied to identify the H-bonding interactions between ion-pair, in which red-shifted vibrational modes were evidenced as a function of anion chain length...
September 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920438/conduction-mechanisms-at-interface-of-aln-sin-dielectric-stacks-with-algan-gan-heterostructures-for-normally-off-high-electron-mobility-transistors-correlating-device-behavior-with-nanoscale-interfaces-properties
#18
Giuseppe Greco, Patrick Fiorenza, Ferdinando Iucolano, Andrea Severino, Filippo Giannazzo, Fabrizio Roccaforte
In this work, the conduction mechanisms at the interface of AlN/SiN dielectric stacks with AlGaN/GaN heterostructures have been studied combining different macroscopic and nanoscale characterizations on bare materials and devices. The AlN/SiN stacks grown on the recessed region of AlGaN/GaN heterostructures have been used as gate dielectric of hybrid metal-insulator-semiconductor high electron mobility transistors (MISHEMTs), showing a normally-off behaviour (Vth=+1.2 V), high channel mobility (204 cm(2)V(-1)s(-1)), and very good switching behaviour (ION/IOFF current ratio of 5-6×10(8) and sub-threshold swing of 90 mV/dec)...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919880/non-mammalian-vertebrates-distinct-models-to-assess-the-role-of-ion-gradients-in-energy-expenditure
#19
REVIEW
Caroline E Geisler, Kyle P Kentch, Benjamin J Renquist
Animals store metabolic energy as electrochemical gradients. At least 50% of mammalian energy is expended to maintain electrochemical gradients across the inner mitochondrial membrane (H(+)), the sarcoplasmic reticulum (Ca(++)), and the plasma membrane (Na(+)/K(+)). The potential energy of these gradients can be used to perform work (e.g., transport molecules, stimulate contraction, and release hormones) or can be released as heat. Because ectothermic species adapt their body temperature to the environment, they are not constrained by energetic demands that are required to maintain a constant body temperature...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917060/lipids-and-ions-traverse-the-membrane-by-the-same-physical-pathway-in-the-nhtmem16-scramblase
#20
Tao Jiang, Kuai Yu, H Criss Hartzell, Emad Tajkhorshid
From bacteria to mammals, different phospholipid species are segregated between the inner and outer leaflets of the plasma membrane by ATP-dependent lipid transporters. Disruption of this asymmetry by ATP-independent phospholipid scrambling is important in cellular signaling, but its mechanism remains incompletely understood. Using MD simulations coupled with experimental assays, we show that the surface hydrophilic transmembrane cavity exposed to the lipid bilayer on the fungal scramblase nhTMEM16 serves as the pathway for both lipid translocation and ion conduction across the membrane...
September 16, 2017: ELife
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