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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532120/ultra-small-silver-nanoparticles-induced-ros-activated-toll-pathway-against-staphylococcus-aureus-disease-in-silkworm-model
#1
Pala Rajasekharreddy, Pathipati Usha Rani, Saidulu Mattapally, Sanjay Kumar Banerjee
The present study investigated the therapeutic action of flavonoids loaded silver nanoparticles (FLV-Ag NPs) on a silkworm, Bombyx mori L., larvae infected by the S. aureus, where an in vivo model system was used. FLV-Ag NPs were synthesized using a Ricinus communis L. leaf extracted flavonoid mixture in various concentrations. The reduction reaction was performed under a simple sunlight exposure condition. In the reduction process, quercetin and kaempferol loadings were also found. They were confirmed by UV-visible, TEM, XRD, XPS, DLS and FTIR spectroscopic techniques...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532113/nanofibers-of-human-tropoelastin-inspired-peptides-structural-characterization-and-biological-properties
#2
Valeria Secchi, Stefano Franchi, Marco Fioramonti, Giovanni Polzonetti, Giovanna Iucci, Brigida Bochicchio, Chiara Battocchio
Regenerative medicine is taking great advantage from the use of biomaterials in the treatments of a wide range of diseases and injuries. Among other biomaterials, self-assembling peptides are appealing systems due to their ability to spontaneously form nanostructured hydrogels that can be directly injected into lesions. Indeed, self-assembling peptide scaffolds are expected to behave as biomimetic matrices able to surround cells, to promote specific interactions, and to control and modify cell behavior by mimicking the native environment as well...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532111/surface-biofunctionalization-of-three-dimensional-porous-poly-lactic-acid-scaffold-using-chitosan-ogp-coating-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#3
Sen Zeng, Jianhua Ye, Zhixiang Cui, Junhui Si, Qianting Wang, Xiaofeng Wang, Kaiping Peng, Wenzhe Chen
As one of the stimulators on bone formation, osteogenic growth peptide (OGP) improves both proliferation and differentiation of the bone cells in vitro and in vivo. The aim of this work was the preparation of three dimensional porous poly(lactic acid) (PLA) scaffold with high porosity from PLA-dioxane-water ternary system with the use of vacuum-assisted solvent casting, phase separation, solvent extraction and particle leaching methods. Then, by surface coating of PLA scaffold with chitosan (CS)/OGP solution, biofunctionalization of PLA scaffold had been completed for application in bone regeneration...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532072/new-bioactive-bone-like-microspheres-with-intrinsic-magnetic-properties-obtained-by-bio-inspired-mineralisation-process
#4
Tatiana Marisa Fernandes Patrício, Silvia Panseri, Monica Sandri, Anna Tampieri, Simone Sprio
A bio-inspired mineralisation process was investigated and applied to develop novel hybrid magnetic materials by heterogeneous nucleation of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+)-doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystals onto a biopolymeric matrix made of a Type I collagen-based recombinant peptide (RCP). The effect of the synthesis temperature on the phase composition, crystallinity and magnetic properties of the nucleated inorganic phase was studied. The as-obtained magnetic materials were then engineered, by using a water-in-oil emulsification process, into hybrid magnetic microspheres, which were stabilized by de-hydrothermal treatment yielding cross-linking of the macromolecular matrix...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532068/synthetic-peptides-derived-from-salivary-proteins-and-the-control-of-surface-charge-densities-of-dental-surfaces-improve-the-inhibition-of-dental-calculus-formation
#5
Bernd Grohe
Peptides descended from the salivary proteins statherin and histatin were recently identified in saliva and the acquired enamel pellicle (AEP), a proteomic layer coated on enamel. In particular, the statherin phosphopeptide DpSpSEEKFLR (DSS) was found to adsorb to enamel-like hydroxyapatite and inhibit plaque-related crystal formation. To determine the mechanism of these processes, we studied peptide-crystal interactions based on the sequences DSS and RKFHEKHHSHRGYR (RKF). The latter is a basic histatin sequence showing antimicrobial effects...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531986/biomimicking-synthesis-of-photoluminescent-molecular-lantern-catalyzed-by-in-situ-formation-of-nanogold-catalysts
#6
Yong Yu, Xin Ting Zheng, Boon Wei Yee, Yen Nee Tan
Bioluminescence has been widely recognized as a powerful imaging tool for biological investigations. Synthesis of molecular lanterns that mimic bioluminescence in nature is of great interest. Herein we report a synthesis of molecular lantern by utilizing the catalytic properties of ultrasmall (<2nm) gold nanoclusters (AuNC), which is inspired by the enzymatic light-up of luciferin in the biological system. Small molecules such as hydroquinone and Cys-Gly peptides are used to direct the synthesis of AuNC via a biotemplating approach, while the in-situ formation of AuNC simultaneously catalyze the formation of luciferin-like, brightly fluorescent dye (λem=520nm, QY=0...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531875/elaboration-of-antibacterial-plastic-surfaces-by-a-combination-of-antiadhesive-and-biocidal-coatings-of-natural-products
#7
Jean-Baptiste Paris, Damien Seyer, Thierry Jouenne, Pascal Thébault
Antibacterial polyolefins surfaces, combining biocidal and antiadhesive properties, were elaborated by a covalent grafting of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), able to kill adherent bacteria, on a pre-immobilized hyaluronic acid (HA) layer, able to repel the micro-organisms. Different HA activation rate for its immobilization, were used to change HA layer morphology and number of residual free carboxylic acid functions for AMPs grafting. Based on adhesion tests on Staphylococcus epidermidis and microscopy fluorescent observations, the presence of the two combined properties was shown to be depended on the HA activation rate...
May 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531801/ace-2-ang1-7-mas-cascade-mediates-ace-inhibitor-captopril-protective-effects-in-estrogen-deficient-osteoporotic-rats
#8
Hatem M Abuohashish, Mohammed M Ahmed, Dina Sabry, Mahmoud M Khattab, Salim S Al-Rejaie
The local role of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) was documented recently beside its conventional systemic functions. Studies showed that the effector angiotensin II (AngII) alters bone health, while inhibition of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE-1) preserved these effects. The newly identified Ang1-7 exerts numerous beneficial effects opposing the AngII. Thus, the current study examines the role of Ang1-7 in mediating the osteo-preservative effects of ACEI (captopril) through the G-protein coupled Mas receptor using an ovariectomized (OVX) rat model of osteoporosis...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531354/monomeric-polyglutamine-structures-that-evolve-into-fibrils
#9
David Punihaole, Ryan S Jakubek, Riley James Workman, Lauren E Marbella, Patricia Campbell, Jeffry D Madura, Sanford A Asher
We investigate the solution and fibril conformations and structural transitions of the polyglutamine (polyQ) peptide, D2Q10K2 (Q10), by synergistically using UV Resonance Raman (UVRR) spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. We show that Q10 adopts two distinct, monomeric solution conformational states, a collapsed β-strand and a PPII-like structure that do not readily interconvert. This clearly indicates a high activation barrier in solution that prevents equilibration between these structures...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531225/protein-charge-distribution-in-proteomes-and-its-impact-on-translation
#10
Rodrigo D Requião, Luiza Fernandes, Henrique José Araujo de Souza, Silvana Rossetto, Tatiana Domitrovic, Fernando L Palhano
As proteins are synthesized, the nascent polypeptide must pass through a negatively charged exit tunnel. During this stage, positively charged stretches can interact with the ribosome walls and slow the translation. Therefore, charged polypeptides may be important factors that affect protein expression. To determine the frequency and distribution of positively and negatively charged stretches in different proteomes, the net charge was calculated for every 30 consecutive amino acid residues, which corresponds to the length of the ribosome exit tunnel...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531215/association-of-cord-blood-chemokines-and-other-biomarkers-with-neonatal-complications-following-intrauterine-inflammation
#11
Yoshikazu Otsubo, Kunio Hashimoto, Taro Kanbe, Muneichiro Sumi, Hiroyuki Moriuchi
BACKGROUND: Intrauterine inflammation has been associated with preterm birth and neonatal complications. Few reports have comprehensively investigated multiple cytokine profiles in cord blood and precisely identified surrogate markers for intrauterine inflammation. AIM: To identify the cytokines and surrogate markers associated with intrauterine inflammation and subsequent neonatal complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed cord blood samples from 135 patients admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at Sasebo City General Hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531139/dual-component-gelatinous-peptide-reactive-oligomer-formulations-as-conduit-material-and-luminal-filler-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#12
Caroline Kohn-Polster, Divya Bhatnagar, Derek J Woloszyn, Matthew Richtmyer, Annett Starke, Alexandra H Springwald, Sandra Franz, Michaela Schulz-Siegmund, Hilton M Kaplan, Joachim Kohn, Michael C Hacker
Toward the next generation of nerve guidance conduits (NGCs), novel biomaterials and functionalization concepts are required to address clinical demands in peripheral nerve regeneration (PNR). As a biological polymer with bioactive motifs, gelatinous peptides are promising building blocks. In combination with an anhydride-containing oligomer, a dual-component hydrogel system (cGEL) was established. First, hollow cGEL tubes were fabricated by a continuous dosing and templating process. Conduits were characterized concerning their mechanical strength, in vitro and in vivo degradation and biocompatibility...
May 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530745/self-assembling-peptide-and-protein-amyloids-from-structure-to-tailored-function-in-nanotechnology
#13
REVIEW
Gang Wei, Zhiqiang Su, Nicholas P Reynolds, Paolo Arosio, Ian W Hamley, Ehud Gazit, Raffaele Mezzenga
Self-assembled peptide and protein amyloid nanostructures have traditionally been considered only as pathological aggregates implicated in human neurodegenerative diseases. In more recent times, these nanostructures have found interesting applications as advanced materials in biomedicine, tissue engineering, renewable energy, environmental science, nanotechnology and material science, to name only a few fields. In all these applications, the final function depends on: (i) the specific mechanisms of protein aggregation, (ii) the hierarchical structure of the protein and peptide amyloids from the atomistic to mesoscopic length scales and (iii) the physical properties of the amyloids in the context of their surrounding environment (biological or artificial)...
May 22, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530742/a-survey-of-the-different-roles-of-polyoxometalates-in-their-interaction-with-amino-acids-peptides-and-proteins
#14
Mina Arefian, Masoud Mirzaei, Hossein Eshtiagh-Hosseini, Antonio Frontera
One of the most attractive areas in inorganic chemistry is the synthesis of polyoxometalates (POMs) exhibiting new properties and applications. Since the impact of POMs in biochemistry and related fields of research has increased in the last few years, there has been a special interest in this topic. Significant progress in biological applications has been made where the interaction of POMs with amino acids, peptides and proteins is relevant. Versatile POMs play a series of different roles in the interaction with these biomolecules as described in this review...
May 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530710/engineering-protein-stability-with-atomic-precision-in-a-monomeric-miniprotein
#15
Emily G Baker, Christopher Williams, Kieran L Hudson, Gail J Bartlett, Jack W Heal, Kathryn L Porter Goff, Richard B Sessions, Matthew P Crump, Derek N Woolfson
Miniproteins simplify the protein-folding problem, allowing the dissection of forces that stabilize protein structures. Here we describe PPα-Tyr, a designed peptide comprising an α-helix buttressed by a polyproline II helix. PPα-Tyr is water soluble and monomeric, and it unfolds cooperatively with a midpoint unfolding temperature (TM) of 39 °C. NMR structures of PPα-Tyr reveal proline residues docked between tyrosine side chains, as designed. The stability of PPα is sensitive to modifications in the aromatic residues: replacing tyrosine with phenylalanine, i...
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530637/cell-penetrating-peptides-selectively-targeting-smad3-inhibit-profibrotic-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
#16
Jeong-Han Kang, Mi-Yeon Jung, Xueqian Yin, Mahefatiana Andrianifahanana, Danielle M Hernandez, Edward B Leof
TGF-β is considered a master switch in the pathogenesis of organ fibrosis. The primary mediators of this activity are the SMAD proteins, particularly SMAD3. In the current study, we have developed a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) conjugate of the HIV TAT protein that is fused to an aminoterminal sequence of sorting nexin 9 (SNX9), which was previously shown to bind phosphorylated SMAD3 (pSMAD3). We determined that specifically preventing the nuclear import of pSMAD3 using the TAT-SNX9 peptide inhibited profibrotic TGF-β activity in murine cells and human lung fibroblasts as well as in vivo with no demonstrable toxicity...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530606/effects-of-chemical-composition-and-baking-on-in-vitro-digestibility-of-proteins-in-breads-made-from-selected-gluten-containing-and-gluten-free-flours
#17
Tong Wu, Cheryl Taylor, Thomas Nebl, Ken Ng, Louise E Bennett
Breads prepared from cereal grains are a dietary staple, providing a significant proportion of daily energy, but not necessarily of dietary protein. However, good digestibility of proteins in bread is important to avoid potential immunogenic effects of undigested peptides, including for those gluten-intolerant. Four gluten-containing (white wheat, wholemeal wheat, spelt and rye) and four gluten-free (chick pea, lupin, buckwheat, amaranth) flours were used to make yeast-leavened breads standardized for protein...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530580/offgel-electrophoresis-and-tandem-mass-spectrometry-approach-compared-with-dna-based-pcr-method-for-authentication-of-meat-species-from-raw-and-cooked-ground-meat-mixtures-containing-cattle-meat-water-buffalo-meat-and-sheep-meat
#18
Basappa M Naveena, Deepak S Jagadeesh, A Jagadeesh Babu, T Madhava Rao, Veeranna Kamuni, S Vaithiyanathan, Vinayak V Kulkarni, Srikanth Rapole
The present study compared the accuracy of an OFFGEL electrophoresis and tandem mass spectrometry-based proteomic approach with a DNA-based method for meat species identification from raw and cooked ground meat mixes containing cattle, water buffalo and sheep meat. The proteomic approach involved the separation of myofibrillar proteins using OFFGEL electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE and protein identification by MALDI-TOF MS. Species-specific peptides derived from myosin light chain-1 and 2 were identified for authenticating buffalo meat spiked at a minimum 0...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530544/the-second-generation-of-highly-potent-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv-ns3-4a-protease-inhibitors-evolutionary-design-based-on-tailor-made-amino-acids-synthesis-and-major-features-of-bio-activity
#19
Shuni Wang, Yibing Wang, Jiang Wang, Tatsunori Sato, Kunisuke Izawa, Vadim A Soloshonok, Hong Liu
Hepatitis C is a current pandemic liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) with high morbidity and mortality. Recently, the direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) targeting HCV NS3/4A, NS5A and NS5B have become the most effective therapies against HCV infection in the clinical treatment. Among them, the second-generation of NS3/4A inhibitors have emerged as the mainstay of the DAA therapies, which are derived from the peptide substrate of NS3/4A protease and modified with various tailor-made amino acids in order to achieve high sustained virologic response (SVR) against HCV...
May 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530534/biological-evaluation-of-99mtc-hynic-edda-tricine-ser-3-d4-peptide-for-tumor-targeting
#20
Ziba Kazemi, Mona Haddad Zahmatkesh, Seyed Mohammad Abedi, Seyed Jalal Hosseinimehr
BACKGROUND: D4 small peptide (Leu-Ala-Arg-Leu-Leu-Thr) was selected as an appropriate agent for specific targeting of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). OBJECTIVE: The aim of study was to investigate the 99mTc-labeled D4 peptide for non small cell lung tumor targeting. METHOD: HYNIC-(Ser)3-D4 peptide was labeled with 99mTc using mixture of tricine and ethylenediamine diacetic acid (EDDA) as co-ligands. The in vitro cellular uptake of radiolabebled peptide was evaluated by blocking test on human non small lung cancer (A-549) cell line and its biodistribution was evaluated in A-549 xenografted nude mice...
May 19, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
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