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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225597/interfacial-design-of-ternary-mixed-matrix-membranes-containing-pebax-1657-silver-nanopowder-bmim-bf4-for-improved-co2-separation-performance
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Ehsan Ghasemi Estahbanati, Mohammadreza Omidkhah, Abtin Ebadi Amooghin
In this research, Pebax1657 as an organic phase and silver nanoparticles as an inorganic phase were used for preparation of binary mixed matrix membranes (MMMs). Silver nanoparticles as a filler could enter the polymer chains and enhance the gas permeability by increasing the fractional free volume of membranes. Afterwards, ternary MMMs were fabricated by addition of 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM][BF4]) ionic liquid, in order to have better polymer/filler adhesion and eliminate interfacial defects and non-selective voids...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214923/urinary-free-light-chains-may-help-to-identify-infection-in-patients-with-elevated-systemic-inflammation-due-to-rheumatic-disease
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Carsten P Bramlage, Britta Froelich, Manuel Wallbach, Joan Minguet, Clemens Grupp, Cornelia Deutsch, Peter Bramlage, Gerhard A Müller, Michael Koziolek
The risk of infection in patients with rheumatic diseases is elevated, but a clear marker to differentiate the cause of the systemic inflammation is missing. We assessed the ability urinary immunoglobulin free light chains (FLCs) to indicate the presence of infection in patients with rheumatic disease. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with rheumatic disease attending the Georg-August University Hospital in Goettingen, Germany, from January 2011 to December 2013. Subjects were included if they had urine levels of κ and λ FLCs available...
February 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212799/rho-mancing-to-sensitize-calcium-signaling-for-contraction-in-the-vasculature-role-of-rho-kinase
#3
T Szasz, R C Webb
Vascular smooth muscle contraction is an important physiological process contributing to cardiovascular homeostasis. The principal determinant of smooth muscle contraction is the intracellular free Ca(2+) concentration, and phosphorylation of myosin light chain (MLC) by activated myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) in response to increased Ca(2+) is the main pathway by which vasoconstrictor stimuli induce crossbridge cycling of myosin and actin filaments. A secondary pathway for vascular smooth muscle contraction that is not directly dependent on Ca(2+) concentration, but rather mediating Ca(2+) sensitization, is the RhoA/Rho kinase pathway...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211680/two-way-gold-nanoparticle-label-free-sensing-of-specific-sequence-and-small-molecule-targets-using-switchable-concatemers
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Longjiao Zhu, Xiangli Shao, Yunbo Luo, Kunlun Huang, Wentao Xu
A two-way colorimetric biosensor based on unmodified gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and a switchable double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) concatemer have been demonstrated. Two hairpin probes (H1&H2) were first designed that provided the fuels to assemble the dsDNA concatemers via hybridization chain reaction (HCR). A functional hairpin (FH) was rationally designed to recognize the target sequences. All the hairpins contained single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) loop and sticky-ends to prevent GNPs from salt-induced aggregation. In the presence of target sequence, the capture probe blocked in the FH recognizes the target to form a duplex DNA, which causes the release of the initiator probe by FH conformational change...
February 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208600/invariant-chain-complexes-and-clusters-as-platforms-for-mif-signaling
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REVIEW
Robert Lindner
Invariant chain (Ii/CD74) has been identified as a surface receptor for migration inhibitory factor (MIF). Most cells that express Ii also synthesize major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC II) molecules, which depend on Ii as a chaperone and a targeting factor. The assembly of nonameric complexes consisting of one Ii trimer and three MHC II molecules (each of which is a heterodimer) has been regarded as a prerequisite for efficient delivery to the cell surface. Due to rapid endocytosis, however, only low levels of Ii-MHC II complexes are displayed on the cell surface of professional antigen presenting cells and very little free Ii trimers...
February 10, 2017: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199209/photosystem-ii-and-terminal-respiratory-oxidases-molecular-machines-operating-in-opposite-directions
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Sergey A Siletsky, Vitaliy B Borisov, Mahir D Mamedov
In the thylakoid membrane of green plants, cyanobacteria and algae, photosystem II (PSII) uses light energy to split water and generate molecular oxygen. In the opposite process of the biochemical transformation of dioxygen, in heterotrophs, the terminal respiratory oxidases (TRO) are at the end of the respiratory chain in mitochondria and in plasma membrane of many aerobic bacteria reducing dioxygen back to water. Despite the different sources of free energy (light or oxidation of the substrates), energy conversion by these enzymes is based on the spatial organization of enzymatic reactions in which the conversion of water to dioxygen (and vice versa) involves the transfer of protons and electrons in opposite directions across the membrane, which is accompanied by generation of proton-motive force...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192659/self-host-blue-dendrimer-comprised-of-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-core-and-bipolar-dendrons-for-efficient-solution-processable-nondoped-electroluminescence
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Xinxin Ban, Wei Jiang, Kaiyong Sun, Baoping Lin, Yueming Sun
A self-host thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) dendrimer POCz-DPS for solution-processed nondoped blue organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) was designed and synthesized, in which the bipolar phosphine oxide carbazole moiety was introduced by alkyl chain to ensure balanced charge transfer. The investigation of physical properties showed that the bipolar dendrons not only improve the morphological stability but also restrain the concentration quenching effect of the TADF emissive core. The spin-coated OLEDs featuring POCz-DPS as the host-free blue emitter achieved the highest external quantum efficiency (7...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181910/clinical-usefulness-of-serum-free-light-chains-measurement-in-patients-with-multiple-myeloma-comparative-analysis-of-two-different-tests
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Tadeusz Kubicki, Dominik Dytfeld, Aleksandra Baszczuk, Ewa Wysocka, Mieczysław Komarnicki, Krzysztof Lewandowski
INTRODUCTION: There are two commercially available tests for measurement of serum free light chains (sFLC) in multiple myeloma (MM) patients - Freelite and N Latex FLC. The aim of this study was to perform an assessment and direct comparison of the usefulness of the methods in routine clinical practice. METHODS: 40 refractory/relapsed MM patients underwent routine disease activity assessment studies, along with sFLC analysis using both assays. Correlation and concordance between the tests and sensitivity of studied methods of sFLC assessment were established...
January 4, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176473/durable-remission-of-c3-glomerulonephritis-with-mycophenolate-mofetil
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REVIEW
Nicole Lioufas, Moira Finlay, Thomas Barbour
In C3 glomerulopathy, uncontrolled complement C3 activation via the alternative pathway results in glomerular C3 deposition and, in many cases, progressive renal failure. Despite advances in understanding of C3G pathogenesis over the last few years, there are no proven treatments. We describe a patient in whom C3 glomerulopathy was associated with renal impairment and elevated serum free kappa light chains. An initial response to corticosteroids was followed by relapse once steroids were weaned, prompting use of mycophenolate mofetil to maintain remission...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167270/free-light-chain-and-intact-immunoglobulin-abnormalities-in-heart-transplant-recipients-two-year-follow-up-timelines-and-clinical-correlations
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Peter Sečník, Petra Lavríková, Lenka Hošková, Pavlína Malíková, Antonín Jabor, Janka Franeková
OBJECTIVES: To assess the timelines of serum free light chain (sFLC) concentrations and the kappa/lambda light chain (K/L) ratio in heart transplant (HTX) recipients. To analyze the performance of serum protein electrophoresis (SPE), serum immunofixation (sIFE) and sFLC measurements for gammopathy detection following a HTX. METHODS: A total of 96 patients who underwent a HTX were analyzed during a two-year follow-up period. The relevant clinical data were obtained from patient medical records...
February 3, 2017: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151666/enhanced-catalytic-activity-of-%C3%AE-chymotrypsin-in-cationic-surfactant-solutions-the-component-specificity-revisited
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Animesh Patra, Nirnay Samanta, Dipak Kumar Das, Rajib Kumar Mitra
Enhanced catalytic activity (super activity) of enzymes in the presence of surfactants is of key importance in "micellar enzymology"; such super activity is not very trivial, it is highly system specific, and the mechanism behind the activity enhancement is not always well apprehended. We report the catalytic activity of α-chymotrypsin (CHT) on ala-ala-phe-7-amido-4-methylcoumarin (AMC) in the presence of cationic surfactants of different hydrophobic chain lengths: dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB), cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (OTAB)...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145707/glutamine-amide-flip-elicits-long-distance-allosteric-responses-in-the-lov-protein-vivid
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Abir Ganguly, Walter Thiel, Brian R Crane
Light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domains sense blue light through the photochemical formation of a cysteinyl-flavin covalent adduct. Concurrent protonation at the flavin N5 position alters the hydrogen bonding interactions of an invariant Gln residue that has been proposed to flip its amide side chain as a critical step in the propagation of conformational change. Traditional molecular dynamics (MD) and replica-exchange MD (REMD) simulations of the well-characterized LOV protein Vivid (VVD) demonstrate that the Gln182 amide indeed reorients by ∼180° in response to either adduct formation or reduction of the isoalloxazine ring to the neutral semiquinone, both of which involve N5 protonation...
February 13, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143743/influence-of-diurnal-photosynthetic-activity-on-the-morphology-structure-and-thermal-properties-of-normal-and-waxy-barley-starch
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Avi Goldstein, George Annor, Varatharajan Vamadevan, Ian Tetlow, Jacob J K Kirkensgaard, Kell Mortensen, Andreas Blennow, Kim H Hebelstrup, Eric Bertoft
This study investigated the influence of diurnal photosynthetic activity on the morphology, molecular composition, crystallinity, and gelatinization properties of normal barley starch (NBS) and waxy barley starch (WBS) granules from plants cultivated in a greenhouse under normal diurnal (16h light) or constant light photosynthetic conditions. Growth rings were observed in all starch samples regardless of lighting conditions. The size distribution of whole and debranched WBS analyzed by gel-permeation chromatography did not appear to be influenced by the different lighting regimes, however, a greater relative crystallinity measured by wide-angle X-ray scattering and greater crystalline quality as judged by differential scanning calorimetry was observed under the diurnal lighting regime...
January 29, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134843/role-of-antioxidants-in-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury-new-therapeutic-approaches
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REVIEW
Olatz Arteaga, Antonia Álvarez, Miren Revuelta, Francisco Santaolalla, Andoni Urtasun, Enrique Hilario
Hypoxic-ischemic brain damage is an alarming health and economic problem in spite of the advances in neonatal care. It can cause mortality or detrimental neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, motor impairment and cognitive deficits in neonates. When hypoxia-ischemia occurs, a multi-faceted cascade of events starts out, which can eventually cause cell death. Lower levels of oxygen due to reduced blood supply increase the production of reactive oxygen species, which leads to oxidative stress, a higher concentration of free cytosolic calcium and impaired mitochondrial function, triggering the activation of apoptotic pathways, DNA fragmentation and cell death...
January 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134067/ultrastructural-features-of-the-tomont-of-cryptocaryon-irritans-ciliophora-prostomatea-a-parasitic-ciliate-of-marine-fishes
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Rui Ma, Xinpeng Fan, Fei Yin, Bing Ni, Fukang Gu
Numerous studies have been conducted on the cellular morphology of Cryptocaryon irritans. However, details regarding the tomont stage of its life cycle remain lacking. In this study, we investigated the morphology of the tomont stage throughout encystment and cell division using light and electron microscopy. Results showed that there was no secretion of encystation-specific secretory vesicles or extrusomes during formation of the cyst wall. Instead, the synthesis and construction of the C. irritans cyst wall materials may involve molecular events at the pellicle...
January 30, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126594/microbiome-remodeling-via-the-montmorillonite-adsorption-excretion-axis-prevents-obesity-related-metabolic-disorders
#16
Pengfei Xu, Fan Hong, Jialin Wang, Yusheng Cong, Shu Dai, Sheng Wang, Jing Wang, Xi Jin, Fang Wang, Jin Liu, Yonggong Zhai
Obesity and its related metabolic disorders are closely correlated with gut dysbiosis. Montmorillonite is a common medicine used to treat diarrhea. We have previously found that dietary lipid adsorbent-montmorillonite (DLA-M) has an unexpected role in preventing obesity. The aim of this study was to further investigate whether DLA-M regulates intestinal absorption and gut microbiota to prevent obesity-related metabolic disorders. Here, we show that DLA-M absorbs free fatty acids (FFA) and endotoxins in vitro and in vivo...
January 18, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118404/slow-phospholipid-exchange-between-a-detergent-solubilized-membrane-protein-and-lipid-detergent-mixed-micelles-brominated-phospholipids-as-tools-to-follow-its-kinetics
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Cédric Montigny, Thibaud Dieudonné, Stéphane Orlowski, José Luis Vázquez-Ibar, Carole Gauron, Dominique Georgin, Sten Lund, Marc le Maire, Jesper V Møller, Philippe Champeil, Guillaume Lenoir
Membrane proteins are largely dependent for their function on the phospholipids present in their immediate environment, and when they are solubilized by detergent for further study, residual phospholipids are critical, too. Here, brominated phosphatidylcholine, a phospholipid which behaves as an unsaturated phosphatidylcholine, was used to reveal the kinetics of phospholipid exchange or transfer from detergent mixed micelles to the environment of a detergent-solubilized membrane protein, the paradigmatic P-type ATPase SERCA1a, in which Trp residues can experience fluorescence quenching by bromine atoms present on phospholipid alkyl chains in their immediate environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112977/early-prognostic-value-of-monitoring-serum-free-light-chain-in-patients-with-multiple-myeloma-undergoing-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation
#18
Zübeyde Nur Özkurt, Gülsan Türköz Sucak, Şahika Zeynep Akı, Münci Yağcı, Rauf Haznedar
We hypothesized the levels of free light chains obtained before and after autologous stem cell transplantation can be useful in predicting transplantation outcome. We analyzed 70 multiple myeloma patients. Abnormal free light chain ratios before stem cell transplantation were found to be associated early progression, although without any impact on overall survival. At day +30, the normalization of levels of involved free light chain related with early progression. According to these results almost one-third reduction of free light chain levels can predict favorable prognosis after autologous stem cell transplantation...
January 23, 2017: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112845/amplified-photodegradation-of-cell-laden-hydrogels-via-an-addition-fragmentation-chain-transfer-reaction
#19
Tobin E Brown, Ian A Marozas, Kristi S Anseth
Hydrogels crosslinked by allyl sulfide-containing molecules are presented. By exposure to light in the presence of a photoinitiator and a free monofunctional thiol, photodegradation is achieved. Both the gelation and degradation are cytocompatible and allow for cell encapsulation and subsequent release. The photodegradation kinetics and depths attainable are superior to those of traditional cell-laden photodegradable hydrogels.
January 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111654/dual-pathway-chain-end-modification-of-raft-polymers-using-visible-light-and-metal-free-conditions
#20
Emre H Discekici, Shelby L Shankel, Athina Anastasaki, Bernd Oschmann, In-Hwan Lee, Jia Niu, Alaina J McGrath, Paul G Clark, David S Laitar, Javier Read de Alaniz, Craig J Hawker, David J Lunn
We report a metal-free strategy for the chain-end modification of RAFT polymers utilizing visible light. By turning the light source on or off, the reaction pathway in one pot can be switched between either complete desulfurization (hydrogen chain-end) or simple cleavage (thiol chain-end), respectively. The versatility of this process is exemplified by application to a wide range of polymer backbones under mild, quantitative conditions using commercial reagents.
February 2, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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