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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636913/heterogeneous-tau-tubulin-complexes-accelerate-microtubule-polymerization
#1
Xiao-Han Li, Elizabeth Rhoades
Tau is an intrinsically disordered protein with a central role in the pathology of a number of neurodegenerative diseases. Tau normally functions to stabilize neuronal microtubules, although the mechanism underlying this function is not well understood. Of note is that the interaction between tau and soluble tubulin, which has implications both in understanding tau function as well as its role in disease, is underexplored. Here we investigate the relationship between heterogeneity in tau-tubulin complexes and tau function...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634386/shape-and-composition-control-of-monodisperse-hybrid-pt-coo-nanocrystals-by-controlling-the-reaction-kinetics-with-additives
#2
Hyunje Woo, Eunji Kim, Jun-Hyuk Kim, Su-Won Yun, Ji Chan Park, Yong-Tae Kim, Kang Hyun Park
Here, we report the effect of Fe(CO)5 additives in the synthesis of branched Pt-CoO nanowires (NWs) and core@shell concave nanocubes (NCs), in a one-pot system. Key to the success of this synthesis is control over the shape of the Pt seeds by controlling the quantity of Fe(CO)5 additive. In the absence of Fe(CO)5, branched Pt-CoO NWs were synthesized through the attachment of small Pt seed particles, followed by the growth of CoO by deposition. On the other hand, Pt@CoO concave NCs were obtained in the presence of Fe(CO)5 because of the stronger adsorption of Co on the Pt (100) surfaces than on the closely packed (111) surfaces...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634302/structure-of-human-fe-s-assembly-subcomplex-reveals-unexpected-cysteine-desulfurase-architecture-and-acyl-acp-isd11-interactions
#3
Seth A Cory, Jonathan G Van Vranken, Edward J Brignole, Shachin Patra, Dennis R Winge, Catherine L Drennan, Jared Rutter, David P Barondeau
In eukaryotes, sulfur is mobilized for incorporation into multiple biosynthetic pathways by a cysteine desulfurase complex that consists of a catalytic subunit (NFS1), LYR protein (ISD11), and acyl carrier protein (ACP). This NFS1-ISD11-ACP (SDA) complex forms the core of the iron-sulfur (Fe-S) assembly complex and associates with assembly proteins ISCU2, frataxin (FXN), and ferredoxin to synthesize Fe-S clusters. Here we present crystallographic and electron microscopic structures of the SDA complex coupled to enzyme kinetic and cell-based studies to provide structure-function properties of a mitochondrial cysteine desulfurase...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633361/evolution-of-mirna-tailing-by-3-terminal-uridylyl-transferases-in-metazoa
#4
Vengamanaidu Modepalli, Yehu Moran
In bilaterian animals the 3' ends of microRNAs (miRNAs) are frequently modified by tailing and trimming. These modifications affect miRNA-mediated gene regulation by modulating miRNA stability. Here we analyzed data from three non-bilaterian animals: two cnidarians (Nematostella vectensis and Hydra magnipapillata) and one poriferan (Amphimedon queenslandica). Our analysis revealed that non-bilaterian miRNAs frequently undergo modifications like the bilaterian counterparts: the majority are expressed as different length isoforms and frequent modifications of the 3' end by mono U or mono A tailing are observed...
June 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632302/sequentially-responsive-shell-stacked-nanoparticles-for-deep-penetration-into-solid-tumors
#5
Jinjin Chen, Jianxun Ding, Yucai Wang, Jianjun Cheng, Shengxiang Ji, Xiuli Zhuang, Xuesi Chen
Nanomedicine to overcome both systemic and tumor tissue barriers ideally should have a transformable size and surface, maintaining a certain size and negative surface charge for prolonged circulation, while reducing to a smaller size and switching to a positive surface charge for efficient penetration to and retention in the interstitial space throughout the tumor tissue. However, the design of such size and charge dual-transformable nanomedicine is rarely reported. Here, the design of a shell-stacked nanoparticle (SNP) is reported, which can undergo remarkable size reduction from about 145 to 40 nm, and surface charge reversal from -7...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629580/folding-underlies-bidirectional-role-of-gpr37-pael-r-in-parkinson-disease
#6
REVIEW
Lina Leinartaité, Per Svenningsson
Since conformational flexibility, which is required for the function of a protein, comes at the expense of structural stability, many proteins, including G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), are under constant risk of misfolding and aggregation. In this regard GPR37 (also named PAEL-R and ETBR-LP-1) takes a prominent role, particularly in relation to Parkinson disease (PD). GPR37 is a substrate for parkin and accumulates abnormally in autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism, contributing to endoplasmic reticulum stress and death of dopaminergic neurons...
June 16, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629186/design-and-performance-of-a-portable-and-multichannel-spr-device
#7
Xiao-Ling Zhang, Yan Liu, Ting Fan, Ning Hu, Zhong Yang, Xi Chen, Zhen-Yu Wang, Jun Yang
A portable multichannel surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor device is presented in this study. As an optical biosensor device, the core component of its light path is a semi-cylindrical prism, which is used as the coupling unit for the excitation of the SPR phenomena. Based on this prism, a wedge-shaped incident light beam including a continuous angle range (10°) is chosen to replace the commonly-used parallel light beam in traditional SPR devices, in which the incident angle is adjusted by a sophisticated mechanical system...
June 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629042/functionalization-of-zno-nanoparticles-by-3-mercaptopropionic-acid-for-aqueous-curcumin-delivery-synthesis-characterization-and-anticancer-assessment
#8
Seyed-Behnam Ghaffari, Mohammad-Hossein Sarrafzadeh, Zahra Fakhroueian, Shadab Shahriari, M Reza Khorramizadeh
Inherent biocompatibility and stability of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) and their biomedical potentials make them an emerging candidate for drug delivery. The aim of this study was to develop and assess a simple procedure for surface functionalization of ZnO-NPs by 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) for water-soluble curcumin delivery. Carboxyl-terminated ZnO nanoparticles were successfully made using ZnCl2 and NaOH in the presence of MPA. The functional groups were activated by 1,1'-carbonyldiimidazole (CDI) and the curcumin bonding was carried out at room temperature for 24h...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628726/coinage-metal-superatomic-cores-insights-into-their-intrinsic-stability-and-optical-properties-from-relativistic-dft-calculations
#9
Alvaro Rafael Muñoz-Castro, Franck Gam, Dayan Paez-Hernandez, Ramiro Arratia-Perez, C W Liu, Samia Kahlal, Jean-Yves Saillard
Coinage-metal atomically precise nanoclusters are made of a well-defined metallic core embedded in a ligand-protecting outer shell. Whereas gold derivatives are particularly well documented, examples of silver nanoclusters are somewhat limited and copper species remain particularly scare. Our DFT relativistic calculations on superatomic metallic cores indicate that copper species are almost as stable as gold clusters and more stable than their silver counterparts. Thus, for silver superatomic cores, the role of the stabilizing ligands is more crucial in the stabilization of the overall structure, in comparison to copper and gold...
June 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627018/the-nucleotide-free-state-of-heterotrimeric-g-proteins-%C3%AE-subunit-adopts-a-highly-stable-conformation
#10
Sai Krishna Andhirka, Ravichandran Vignesh, Gopala Krishna Aradhyam
Deciphering the mechanism of activation of heterotrimeric G proteins by their cognate receptors continues to be an intriguing area of research. The recently solved crystal structure of the ternary complex captured the receptor-bound α-subunit in an open conformation, without bound nucleotide has improved our understanding of the activation process. Despite these advancements, the mechanism by which the receptor causes GDP release from the α-subunit remains elusive. To elucidate the mechanism of activation, we studied guanine nucleotide-induced structural stability of the α-subunit (in response to thermal/chaotrope-mediated stress)...
June 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624725/multifunctional-polymeric-micelles-loaded-with-doxorubicin-and-poly-dithienyl-diketopyrrolopyrrole-for-near-infrared-light-controlled-chemo-phototherapy-of-cancer-cells
#11
Hui Liu, Kai Wang, Cangjie Yang, Shuo Huang, Mingfeng Wang
Polymeric micelles loaded with multiple therapeutic modalities are important to overcome challenges such as drug resistance and improve the therapeutic efficacy. Here we report a new polymer micellar drug carrier that integrates chemotherapy and photothermal therapy in a single platform. Specifically, a narrow bandgap poly(dithienyl-diketopyrrolopyrrole) (PDPP) polymer was encapsulated together with a model anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) in the hydrophobic cores of polymeric micelles formed by Pluronic F127, an amphiphilic poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer...
June 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624617/core-shell-iron-oxide-layered-double-hydroxide-high-electrochemical-sensing-performance-of-h2o2-biomarker-in-live-cancer-cells-with-plasma-therapeutics
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Muhammad Asif, Hongwei Liu, Ayesha Aziz, Haitao Wang, Zhengyun Wang, Muhammad Ajmal, Fei Xiao, Hongfang Liu
In this work, we develop a new type of multifunctional core-shell nanomaterial by controllable integration of CuAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs) over the surface of iron oxides (Fe3O4) nanospheres (NSs) to fabricate (Fe3O4@CuAl NSs) hybrid material with interior tunability of LDH phase and explore its practical application in ultrasensitive detection of emerging biomarker, i.e., H2O2 as cancer diagnostic probe. In addition, atmospheric pressure plasmas (APPs) have also been used as potential therapeutic approach for cancer treatment...
June 3, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624352/pressure-effects-on-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloid-fibrils-an-experimental-investigation-on-their-dissociation-and-reversible-nature
#13
Federica Piccirilli, Nicoletta Plotegher, Francesco Spinozzi, Luigi Bubacco, Paolo Mariani, Mariano Beltramini, Isabella Tessari, Valeria Militello, Andrea Perucchi, Heinz Wilfried Amenitsch, Enrico Baldassarri, Milos Steinhart, Stefano Lupi, Maria Grazia Ortore
α-synuclein amyloid fibrils are found in surviving neurons of Parkinson's disease affected patients, but the role they play in the disease development is still under debate. A growing number of evidences points to soluble oligomers as the major cytotoxic species, while insoluble fibrillar aggregates could even play a protection role. In this work, we investigate α-synuclein fibrils dissociation induced at high pressure by means of Small Angle X-ray Scattering and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Fibrils were produced from wild type α-synuclein and two familial mutants, A30P and A53T...
June 14, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624185/the-formation-of-nanoparticles-between-small-interfering-rna-and-amphipathic-cell-penetrating-peptides
#14
Ly Pärnaste, Piret Arukuusk, Kent Langel, Tanel Tenson, Ülo Langel
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) are delivery vectors widely used to aid the transport of biologically active cargoes to intracellular targets. These cargoes include small interfering RNAs (siRNA) that are not naturally internalized by cells. Elucidating the complexities behind the formation of CPP and cargo complexes is crucial for understanding the processes related to their delivery. In this study, we used modified analogs of the CPP transportan10 and investigated the binding properties of these CPPs to siRNA, the formation parameters of the CPP/siRNA complexes, and their stabiliy to enzymatic degradation...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623869/changing-predictions-stable-recognition-children-s-representations-of-downward-incline-motion
#15
Michael Hast, Christine Howe
Various studies to-date have demonstrated children hold ill-conceived expressed beliefs about the physical world such as that one ball will fall faster than another because it is heavier. At the same time, they also demonstrate accurate recognition of dynamic events. How these representations relate is still unresolved. This study examined 5- to 11-year-olds' (N = 130) predictions and recognition of motion down inclines. Predictions were typically in error, matching previous work, but children largely recognized correct events as correct and rejected incorrect ones...
June 17, 2017: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623663/structural-mechanism-of-atp-independent-transcription-initiation-by-rna-polymerase-i
#16
Yan Han, Chunli Yan, Thi Hoang Duong Nguyen, Ashleigh J Jackobel, Ivaylo Ivanov, Bruce A Knutson, Yuan He
Transcription initiation by RNA Polymerase I (Pol I) depends on the Core Factor (CF) complex to recognize the upstream promoter and assemble into a Pre-Initiation Complex (PIC). Here, we solve a structure of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pol I-CF-DNA to 3.8Å resolution using single-particle cryo-electron microscopy. The structure reveals a bipartite architecture of Core Factor and its recognition of the promoter from -27 to -16. Core Factor's intrinsic mobility correlates well with different conformational states of the Pol I cleft, in addition to the stabilization of either Rrn7 N-terminal domain near Pol I wall or the tandem winged helix domain of A49 at a partially overlapping location...
June 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623601/is-the-hydrophobic-core-a-universal-structural-element-in-proteins
#17
Barbara Kalinowska, Mateusz Banach, Zdzisław Wiśniowski, Leszek Konieczny, Irena Roterman
The hydrophobic core, when subjected to analysis based on the fuzzy oil drop model, appears to be a universal structural component of proteins irrespective of their secondary, supersecondary, and tertiary conformations. A study has been performed on a set of nonhomologous proteins representing a variety of CATH categories. The presence of a well-ordered hydrophobic core has been confirmed in each case, regardless of the protein's biological function, chain length or source organism. In light of fuzzy oil drop (FOD) analysis, various supersecondary forms seem to share a common structural factor in the form of a hydrophobic core, emerging either as part of the whole protein or a specific domain...
July 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621923/capture-and-release-of-trna-by-the-t-loop-receptor-in-the-function-of-the-t-box-riboswitch
#18
Xianyang Fang, Malgorzata Michnicka, Yikan Zhang, Yun Xing Wang, Edward P Nikonowicz
In Gram-positive bacteria, the tRNA-dependent T-box riboswitch system regulates expression of amino acid biosynthetic and aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase genes through a transcription attenuation mechanism. Binding of uncharged tRNA "closes" the switch, allowing transcription read-through. Structure studies of the 100 nt stem I domain reveal tRNA utilizes base pairing and stacking interactions to bind the stem, but little is known structurally about the 180 nt riboswitch core (stem I, stem III, and antiterminator stem) in complex with tRNA and the mechanism of coupling of the intermolecular binding domains crucial to T-box function...
June 16, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620987/e3m3-e-c-pb-m-li-cs-clusters-the-smallest-molecular-stars
#19
Gabriel Merino, Maryel Contreras, Sudip Pan, Mesias Orozco-Ic, Jose Luis Cabellos
Extensive potential energy surface explorations of 25 clusters with formula E3M3+ (E = Group 14 element and M = Group 1 element) via density functional theory and high level ab initio computations reveal that the lowest energy isomer for all these systems corresponds to a nonclassical D3h star-like structure in singlet state, where three M atoms interact electrostatically with the triangular E3 core, occupying three bridging positions around it. More than 18,200 calculations were done in the search for the minima structures, starting with a first phase at PBE0/LANL2DZ and ending with an analysis of the most representative clusters at CCSD(T)/def2-TZVP//PBE0/def2-TZVP level...
June 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619458/development-and-validation-of-an-hplc-fluorescence-method-for-the-quantification-of-ir780-oleyl-dye-in-lipid-nanoparticles
#20
Mathieu Varache, Marie Escudé, Corentin Laffont, Emilie Rustique, Anne-Claude Couffin
A reversed-phase (RP) high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method for the content determination of IR780-oleyl (IRO) dye in lipid nanoparticles was developed and validated. Chromatographic separation was performed on a RP C18 column with a gradient program of water and acetonitrile both with 0.1% (v/v) TFA, at a flow rate of 1.0mL/min and a total run of 21min. IRO dye detection was made by fluorescence at emission wavelength of 773nm (excitation wavelength: 744nm). According to ICH guidelines, the developed method was shown to be specific, linear in the range 3-8μg/mL (R(2)=0...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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