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Sabina Ziemian, Norbert Löwa, Olaf Kosch, Daniel Bajj, Frank Wiekhorst, Gunnar Schütz
The optimization of iron oxide nanoparticles as tracers for magnetic particle imaging (MPI) alongside the development of data acquisition equipment and image reconstruction techniques is crucial for the required improvements in image resolution and sensitivity of MPI scanners. We present a large-scale water-based synthesis of multicore superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles stabilized with dextran (MC-SPIONs). We also demonstrate the preparation of single core superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles in organic media, subsequently coated with a poly(ethylene glycol) gallic acid polymer and phase transferred to water (SC-SPIONs)...
March 21, 2018: Nanomaterials
Sarah Theiner, Márkó Grabarics, Luis Galvez, Hristo P Varbanov, Nadine S Sommerfeld, Markus Galanski, Bernhard K Keppler, Gunda Koellensperger
The potential advantage of platinum(iv) complexes as alternatives to classical platinum(ii)-based drugs relies on their kinetic stability in the body before reaching the tumor site and on their activation by reduction inside cancer cells. In this study, an analytical workflow has been developed to investigate the reductive biotransformation and kinetic inertness of platinum(iv) prodrugs comprising different ligand coordination spheres (respectively, lipophilicity and redox behavior) in whole human blood. The distribution of platinum(iv) complexes in blood pellets and plasma was determined by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) after microwave digestion...
March 21, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Alex H F Lee, Steven F Gessert, Yutao Chen, Nikolay V Sergeev, Babak Haghiri
In this work, a robust synthetic pathway for magnetic core preparation and silica surface coating of magnetic microparticles is presented. Silica-coated magnetic particles are widely used to extract DNA and RNA from various biological samples. We present a novel route for the synthesis of iron oxide silica particles (Fe3 O4 @Silica) and demonstrate their performance for extracting ZIKA viral RNA from serum. The iron (II, III) oxide (Fe3 O4 ), magnetite core is first prepared by ammonia neutralization of ferrous and ferric chloride aqueous solution under argon, followed by the addition of citrate salt to stabilize the surface of the resultant magnetic nanospheres...
March 2018: Heliyon
Dipti Daga, Divya Mehrotra, Shadab Mohammad, Shaleen Chandra, Geeta Singh, Divya Mehrotra
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to qualitatively and quantitatively assess bone regeneration potential of tentpole technique using beta tricalcium phosphate bone graft in vertically deficient alveolar ridges. Materials and Method: This prospective study comprised of 20 patients with vertically deficient alveolar ridges, wherein thirty one implants were placed. Tenting of the soft tissue matrix was done using titanium screws and beta tricalcium phosphate synthetic bone graft was filled in the vertical defect...
January 2018: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
Kuldeep K Bansal, Jitendra Gupta, Ari Rosling, Jessica M Rosenholm
Polymers from natural resources are attracting much attention in various fields including drug delivery as green alternatives to fossil fuel based polymers. In this quest, novel block copolymers based on renewable poly(δ-decalactone) (PDL) were evaluated for their drug delivery capabilities and compared with a fossil fuel based polymer i.e. methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-b-PCL). Using curcumin as a hydrophobic drug model, micelles of PDL block copolymers with different orientation i...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Daniel Mattle, Bernd Kuhn, Johannes Aebi, Marc Bedoucha, Demet Kekilli, Nathalie Grozinger, Andre Alker, Markus G Rudolph, Georg Schmid, Gebhard F X Schertler, Michael Hennig, Jörg Standfuss, Roger J P Dawson
In the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP), protein misfolding leads to fatal consequences for cell metabolism and rod and cone cell survival. To stop disease progression, a therapeutic approach focuses on stabilizing inherited protein mutants of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) rhodopsin using pharmacological chaperones (PC) that improve receptor folding and trafficking. In this study, we discovered stabilizing nonretinal small molecules by virtual and thermofluor screening and determined the crystal structure of pharmacologically stabilized opsin at 2...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Katel Herve-Aubert, Emilie Allard-Vannier, Nicolas Joubert, Zineb Lakhrif, Christophe Alric, Camille Martin, Marie-Claude Viaud-Massuard, Isabelle Dimier-Poisson, Nicolas Aubrey, Igor Chourpa
Biocompatible multifunctional nanomedicines (NMs) are known to be an attractive platform for targeted anticancer theranosis. However, these nanomedicines have an interest only if they efficiently target diseased cells and accumulate in tumors. Here we report the synthesis of a new generation of immunotargeted nanomedicines composed of a superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (SPION) core, polyethylene glycol coating and the anti-HER2 single chain fragment variable (scFv) of Trastuzumab antibody. We developed two novel bioengineered scFv carrying two cysteines located (i) at the end (4D5...
March 19, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Amit A Vernekar, Gilles Berger, Anna E Czapar, Frank A Veliz, David I Wang, Nicole F Steinmetz, Stephen J Lippard
Efficient loading of drugs in novel delivery agents has the potential to substantially improve therapy by targeting the diseased tissue while avoiding unwanted side effects. Here we report the first systematic study of the loading mechanism of phenanthriplatin and its analogs into tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), previously used by our group as an efficient carrier for anticancer drug delivery. A detailed investigation of the preferential uptake of phenanthriplatin in its aquated form (∼2000 molecules per TMV particle versus ∼1000 for the chlorido form) is provided...
March 19, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Sung-Hoon Kim, Chan-Jin Park, Lee-Ra Cho, Yoon-Hyuk Huh
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Little information is available for the strength of bonding between zirconia and lithium disilicate as affected by surface pretreatment methods. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate the shear bond strength (SBS) between zirconia core and lithium disilicate (LS2 ) veneered ceramic after surface pretreatments. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fully sintered yttrium oxide partially stabilized tetragonal zirconia (Y-TZP) disk specimens were fabricated from zirconia ceramic materials...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Xun Liu, Shang-Qing Zhang, Xing Wei, Ting Yang, Ming-Li Chen, Jian-Hua Wang
A novel core-shell structure optical pH sensor is developed with upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) serving as the core and silica as the shell, followed by grafting bovineserumalbumin (BSA) as another shell via glutaraldehyde cross-linking. The obtained core-shell-shell structure is shortly termed as UCNPs@SiO2 @BSA, and its surface provides a platform for loading various pH sensitive dyes, which are alike "modules" to make it feasible for measuring pHs within different pH ranges by simply regulating the type of dyes...
March 6, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Chen Fu, Chizhu Ding, Xianchao Sun, Ailing Fu
Nanotechnology plays an important role in the development of drug delivery, imaging, and diagnosis. In this study, nanocapsules containing protein-functionalized gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) as the shell and hydrophobic drug curcumin as the core were prepared as a tumor cell theranostic agent. After the nanocapsules were added into tumor cell media, they entered the cells with high efficiency and exhibited strong fluorescence within the cells. The results indicated that the nanocapsules were broken up in the cells and curcumin was released...
June 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes, Irlan Almeida Freires, Richard Besingi, Sangeetha Purushotham, Champion Deivanayagam, L Jeannine Brady, Jacqueline Abranches, José A Lemos
Protein glycosylation has been described as the most abundant and complex post-translational modification occurring in nature. Recent studies have enhanced our view of how this modification occurs in bacteria highlighting the role of protein glycosylation in various processes such as biofilm formation, virulence and host-microbe interactions. We recently showed that the collagen- and laminin-binding adhesin Cnm of the dental pathogen Streptococcus mutans is post-translationally modified by the PgfS glycosyltransferase...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Linjie Zhao, Wei Wang, Shuang Huang, Zhengnan Yang, Lian Xu, Qilian Yang, Xiu Zhou, Jinjin Wang, Qiuhong Shen, Chenlu Wang, Xiaobing Le, Min Feng, Nianxin Zhou, Wayne Bond Lau, Bonnie Lau, Shaohua Yao, Tao Yi, Xin Wang, Xia Zhao, Yuquan Wei, Shengtao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer constitutes one of the most lethal gynecologic malignancies for females. Currently, early detection strategies and therapeutic options for ovarian cancer are far from satisfactory, leading to high diagnosis rates at late stages and disease relapses. New avenues of therapy are needed that target key processes in ovarian cancer progression. While a variety of non-coding RNAs have been proven to regulate ovarian cancer metastatic progression, the functional roles of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) in this process are less well defined...
March 16, 2018: Genome Biology
Andrew T Fenley, Ramu Anandakrishnan, Yared H Kidane, Alexey V Onufriev
BACKGROUND: Controlled modulation of nucleosomal DNA accessibility via post-translational modifications (PTM) is a critical component to many cellular functions. Charge-altering PTMs in the globular histone core-including acetylation, phosphorylation, crotonylation, propionylation, butyrylation, formylation, and citrullination-can alter the strong electrostatic interactions between the oppositely charged nucleosomal DNA and the histone proteins and thus modulate accessibility of the nucleosomal DNA, affecting processes that depend on access to the genetic information, such as transcription...
March 16, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Alina Fedoseienko, Melinde Wijers, Justina C Wolters, Daphne Dekker, Marieke Smit, Nicolette Huijkman, Niels Kloosterhuis, Helene Klug, Aloys Schepers, Ko Willems van Dijk, Johannes H Levels, Daniel D Billadeau, Marten H Hofker, Jan van Deursen, Marit Westerterp, Ezra Burstein, Jan Albert Kuivenhoven, Bart van de Sluis
<u>Rationale:</u> <u>CO</u> pper<u>M</u>etabolism<u>M</u>URR1 Domain-containing (COMMD) proteins are a part of the COMMD-CCDC22-CCDC93 (CCC) complexes facilitating endosomal trafficking of cell surface receptors. Hepatic COMMD1 inactivation decreases CCDC22 and CCDC93 protein levels, impairs the recycling of the low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR), and increases plasma LDL cholesterol levels in mice. However, whether any of the other COMMD members function similarly as COMMD1, and whether perturbation in the CCC complex promotes atherogenesis remain unclear...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Yi Zhang, Melanie Berghaus, Sean Klein, Kelly Jenkins, Siwen Zhang, Scott A McCallum, Joel Morgan, Roland Winter, Doug Barrick, Catherine A Royer
Many repeat proteins contain capping motifs, which serve to shield the hydrophobic core from solvent and maintain structural integrity. While the role of capping motifs in enhancing the stability and structural integrity of repeat proteins is well-documented, their contribution to folding cooperativity is not. Here we examined the role of capping motifs in defining the folding cooperativity of the leucine rich repeat protein, pp32, by monitoring the pressure and urea induced unfolding of an N-cap deletion mutant, pp32-∆N-cap, and a C-cap destabilization mutant pp32-Y131F/D146L, using residue specific NMR and SAXS...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
Chao Wang, Zhi-Yi Hu, Heng Zhao, Wenbei Yu, Sijia Wu, Jing Liu, Lihua Chen, Yu Li, Bao-Lian Su
We report three types of conducting polymers (CPs), polyaniline (PANI), polypyrrole (PPY) and poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) to modify the surface of the CdS nanorods to probe their photocorrosion inhibition and photocatalytic hydrogen production. Various characterizations, such as high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and density function theory (DFT) calculations have been conducted to reveal the intrinsic structure of the as-constructed CPs@CdS (@ means CPs at the surface of CdS) core-shell nanorods...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Melissa P Woodard, Scott T Akin, Collin J Dibble, Michael A Duncan
Ultra-small chromium oxide nanoclusters produced by laser vaporization in a fast flowtube reactor are ligand-coated by gas phase reactions with acetonitrile vapor and then captured in a cold trap and transferred to solution. The resulting clusters are characterized with mass spectrometry, UV-visible absorption and emission, infrared spectroscopy, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). According to mass spectrometry, clusters of the form CrxOy(MeCN)z are produced in the size range of x  10 and y < 25...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Venkata Rajesh Yella, Aditya Kumar, Manju Bansal
Transcription is an intricate mechanism and is orchestrated at the promoter region. The cognate motifs in the promoters are observed in only a subset of total genes across different domains of life. Hence, sequence-motif based promoter prediction may not be a holistic approach for whole genomes. Conversely, the DNA structural property, duplex stability is a characteristic of promoters and can be used to delineate them from other genomic sequences. In this study, we have used a DNA duplex stability based algorithm 'PromPredict' for promoter prediction in a broad range of eukaryotes, representing various species of yeast, worm, fly, fish, and mammal...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Francesco Manzoni, Ulf Ryde
We have calculated relative binding affinities for eight tetrafluorophenyl-triazole-thiogalactoside inhibitors of galectin-3 with the alchemical free-energy perturbation approach. We obtain a mean absolute deviation from experimental estimates of only 2-3 kJ/mol and a correlation coefficient (R2 ) of 0.5-0.8 for seven relative affinities spanning a range of up to 11 kJ/mol. We also studied the effect of using different methods to calculate the charges of the inhibitor and different sizes of the perturbed group (the atoms that are described by soft-core potentials and are allowed to have differing coordinates)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
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