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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149720/a-robust-strategy-for-preparation-of-sequential-stimuli-responsive-block-copolymer-prodrugs-via-thiolactone-chemistry-to-overcome-multiple-anticancer-drug-delivery-barriers
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Wendong Ke, Wei Yin, Zengshi Zha, Jean Felix Mukerabigwi, Weijian Chen, Yuheng Wang, Chuanxin He, Zhishen Ge
Block copolymer prodrugs (BCPs) have attracted considerable attentions in clinical translation of nanomedicine owing to their self-assembly into well-defined core-shell nanoparticles for improved pharmacokinetics, stability in blood circulation without drug leakage, and optimized biodistribution. However, a cascade of physiological barriers against specific delivery of drugs into tumor cells limit the final therapeutic efficacy. Herein, we report a robust and facile strategy based on thiolactone chemistry to fabricate well-defined BCPs with sequential tumor pH-promoted cellular internalization and intracellular stimuli-responsive drug release...
November 9, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149699/tetrahymena-cilia-cap-is-built-in-a-multi-step-process-a-study-by-atomic-force-microscopy
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Cecília Seixas, João Gonçalves, Luís Viseu Melo, Helena Soares
Cilia are complex and dynamic organelles that have motility and sensory functions. Defects in cilia biogenesis and function are at the origin of human ciliopathies. In motile cilia, a basal body organizes the axoneme composed of nine microtubule doublets surrounding a central pair of singlet microtubules. The distal ends of axonemal microtubules are attached to the membrane by microtubule-capping structures. Little is known about the early steps of cilium assembly. Although cilia grow and resorb from their distal tips, it remains poorly understood where and when the components of the caps are first assembled...
October 20, 2017: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149607/classifying-drosophila-olfactory-projection-neuron-subtypes-by-single-cell-rna-sequencing
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Hongjie Li, Felix Horns, Bing Wu, Qijing Xie, Jiefu Li, Tongchao Li, David J Luginbuhl, Stephen R Quake, Liqun Luo
The definition of neuronal type and how it relates to the transcriptome are open questions. Drosophila olfactory projection neurons (PNs) are among the best-characterized neuronal types: different PN classes target dendrites to distinct olfactory glomeruli, while PNs of the same class exhibit indistinguishable anatomical and physiological properties. Using single-cell RNA sequencing, we comprehensively characterized the transcriptomes of most PN classes and unequivocally mapped transcriptomes to specific olfactory function for six classes...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149603/structural-basis-of-mitochondrial-transcription-initiation
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Hauke S Hillen, Yaroslav I Morozov, Azadeh Sarfallah, Dmitry Temiakov, Patrick Cramer
Transcription in human mitochondria is driven by a single-subunit, factor-dependent RNA polymerase (mtRNAP). Despite its critical role in both expression and replication of the mitochondrial genome, transcription initiation by mtRNAP remains poorly understood. Here, we report crystal structures of human mitochondrial transcription initiation complexes assembled on both light and heavy strand promoters. The structures reveal how transcription factors TFAM and TFB2M assist mtRNAP to achieve promoter-dependent initiation...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149597/structural-basis-for-shelterin-bridge-assembly
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Jin-Kwang Kim, Jinqiang Liu, Xichan Hu, Clinton Yu, Kyle Roskamp, Banumathi Sankaran, Lan Huang, Elizabeth A Komives, Feng Qiao
Telomere elongation through telomerase enables chromosome survival during cellular proliferation. The conserved multifunctional shelterin complex associates with telomeres to coordinate multiple telomere activities, including telomere elongation by telomerase. Similar to the human shelterin, fission yeast shelterin is composed of telomeric sequence-specific double- and single-stranded DNA-binding proteins, Taz1 and Pot1, respectively, bridged by Rap1, Poz1, and Tpz1. Here, we report the crystal structure of the fission yeast Tpz1(475-508)-Poz1-Rap1(467-496) complex that provides the structural basis for shelterin bridge assembly...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149571/imaging-and-spectroscopy-of-single-metal-nanostructure-absorption
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Anneli Joplin, Wei-Shun Chang, Stephan Link
The highly tunable optical properties of metal nanoparticles make them an ideal building block in any application that requires control over light, heat, or electrons on the nanoscale. Because of their size, metal nanoparticles both absorb and scatter light efficiently. Consequently, improving their performance often involves shifting the balance between absorption and scattering to promote desirable features of their optical properties. Scattering by single metal nanoparticles is commonly characterized using dark-field scattering spectroscopy, but routine methods to characterize pure absorption over a broad wavelength range are much more complex...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149465/controlled-sol-gel-transitions-of-a-thermoresponsive-polymer-in-a-photoswitchable-azobenzene-ionic-liquid-as-a-molecular-machine
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Masayoshi Watanabe, Caihong Wang, Kei Hashimoto, Ryota Tamate, Hisashi Kokubo
Producing ionic liquids (ILs) that function as molecular machines for macroscopic change is a challenging issue. We report that photoisomerization of an azobenzene IL at the molecular level could evoke a macroscopic response (light-controlled mechanical sol-gel transitions) for ABA triblock copolymer solutions. The A endblocks, poly(2-phenylethyl methacrylate), show a low critical solution temperature in the IL mixture containing azobenzene while the B midblock, poly(methyl methacrylate), is compatible with the mixture...
November 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149410/tctp-in-neuronal-circuitry-assembly
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Cláudio Gouveia Roque, Christine E Holt
Although tctp expression in many areas of the human brain was reported more than 15 years ago, little was known about how it functions in neurons. The early notion that Tctp is primarily expressed in mitotic cells, together with reports suggesting a relative low abundance in the brain, has perhaps potentiated this almost complete disregard for the study of Tctp in the context of neuron biology. However, recent evidence has challenged this view, as a number of independent genome-wide profiling studies identified tctp mRNA among the most enriched in the axonal compartment across diverse neuronal populations, including embryonic retinal ganglion cells...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149348/mechanistic-insight-into-the-assembly-of-the-hera-nura-helicase-nuclease-dna-end-resection-complex
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Zainab Ahdash, Andy M Lau, Robert Thomas Byrne, Katja Lammens, Alexandra Stüetzer, Henning Urlaub, Paula J Booth, Eamonn Reading, Karl-Peter Hopfner, Argyris Politis
The HerA-NurA helicase-nuclease complex cooperates with Mre11 and Rad50 to coordinate the repair of double-stranded DNA breaks. Little is known, however, about the assembly mechanism and activation of the HerA-NurA. By combining hybrid mass spectrometry with cryo-EM, computational and biochemical data, we investigate the oligomeric formation of HerA and detail the mechanism of nucleotide binding to the HerA-NurA complex from thermophilic archaea. We reveal that ATP-free HerA and HerA-DNA complexes predominantly exist in solution as a heptamer and act as a DNA loading intermediate...
November 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149314/how-the-introduction-of-a-human-resources-information-system-helped-the-democratic-republic-of-congo-to-mobilise-domestic-resources-for-an-improved-health-workforce
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Jean-Robert Likofata Esanga, Claire Viadro, Leah McManus, Jennifer Wesson, Nicaise Matoko, Epiphane Ngumbu, Kate E Gilroy, Daren Trudeau
The Democratic Republic of Congo has flagged health workforce management and compensation as issues requiring attention, including the problem of ghost workers (individuals on payroll who do not exist and/or show up at work). Recognising the need for reliable health workforce information, the government has worked to implement iHRIS, an open source human resources information system that facilitates health workforce management. In Kasaï Central and Kasaï Provinces, health workers brought relevant documentation to data collection points, where trained teams interviewed them and entered contact information, identification, photo, current job, and employment and education history into iHRIS on laptops...
November 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149280/whole-genome-re-sequencing-of-two-italian-tomato-landraces-reveals-sequence-variations-in-genes-associated-with-stress-tolerance-fruit-quality-and-long-shelf-life-traits
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Valentina Tranchida-Lombardo, Riccardo Aiese Cigliano, Irantzu Anzar, Simone Landi, Samuela Palombieri, Chiara Colantuono, Hamed Bostan, Pasquale Termolino, Riccardo Aversano, Giorgia Batelli, Maria Cammareri, Domenico Carputo, Maria Luisa Chiusano, Clara Conicella, Federica Consiglio, Nunzio D'Agostino, Monica De Palma, Antonio Di Matteo, Silvana Grandillo, Walter Sanseverino, Marina Tucci, Stefania Grillo
Tomato is a high value crop and the primary model for fleshy fruit development and ripening. Breeding priorities include increased fruit quality, shelf life and tolerance to stresses. To contribute towards this goal, we re-sequenced the genomes of Corbarino (COR) and Lucariello (LUC) landraces, which both possess the traits of plant adaptation to water deficit, prolonged fruit shelf-life and good fruit quality. Through the newly developed pipeline Reconstructor, we generated the genome sequences of COR and LUC using datasets of 65...
November 14, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149173/trade-off-and-flexibility-in-the-dynamic-regulation-of-the-cullin-ring-ubiquitin-ligase-repertoire
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Ronny Straube, Meera Shah, Dietrich Flockerzi, Dieter A Wolf
Cullin-RING ubiquitin ligases (CRLs) catalyze the ubiquitylation of substrates many of which are degraded by the 26S proteasome. Their modular architecture enables recognition of numerous substrates via exchangeable substrate receptors that competitively bind to a cullin scaffold with high affinity. Due to the plasticity of these interactions there is ongoing uncertainty how cells maintain a flexible CRL repertoire in view of changing substrate loads. Based on a series of in vivo and in vitro studies, different groups proposed that the exchange of substrate receptors is mediated by a protein exchange factor named Cand1...
November 17, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149077/rna-virus-evolution-via-a-quasispecies-based-model-reveals-a-drug-target-with-a-high-barrier-to-resistance
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Richard J Bingham, Eric C Dykeman, Reidun Twarock
The rapid occurrence of therapy-resistant mutant strains provides a challenge for anti-viral therapy. An ideal drug target would be a highly conserved molecular feature in the viral life cycle, such as the packaging signals in the genomes of RNA viruses that encode an instruction manual for their efficient assembly. The ubiquity of this assembly code in RNA viruses, including major human pathogens, suggests that it confers selective advantages. However, their impact on viral evolution cannot be assessed in current models of viral infection that lack molecular details of virus assembly...
November 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149065/calcined-chitosan-supported-layered-double-hydroxides-an-efficient-and-recyclable-adsorbent-for-the-removal-of-fluoride-from-an-aqueous-solution
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Hanjun Wu, Huali Zhang, Qingxue Yang, Dongsheng Wang, Weijun Zhang, Xiaofang Yang
In this work, calcined chitosan-supported layered double hydroxides (CSLDO) were synthesized through a co-precipitation method that restrained the particles' aggregation of LDHs and exhibited huge specific surface areas, which can enhance the fluoride adsorption capacity. CSLDOs were characterized by physical and chemical methods and used for fluoride adsorption in an aqueous solution. The results indicated that the nanoparticles were constructed first and then assembled to form a porous and layered structure, and chitosan-supported layered double hydroxides (CSLDHs) calcined at 400 °C (CSLDO400) showed the highest specific surface area of 116...
November 17, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149039/growth-of-anisotropic-gold-nanoparticle-assemblies-via-liposome-fusion
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Kouta Sugikawa, Tatsuya Kadota, Kotaro Matsuo, Kazuma Yasuhara, Atsushi Ikeda
Anisotropic assembly of nanoparticles (NPs) has attracted extensive attention because of the potential applications in materials science, biology, and medicine. However, assembly control (e.g., the number of assembled NPs) has not been adequately studied. Here, the growth of anisotropic gold NP assemblies on a liposome surface is reported. Citrate-coated gold NPs adsorbed on liposome surfaces were assembled in one dimension at temperatures above the phase transition temperature of the lipid bilayer. Growth of the anisotropic assemblies depended on the heating time...
November 17, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148846/preparation-and-evaluation-of-curcumin-loaded-self-assembled-micelles
#16
Lu-Lu Wang, Dan-Dan He, Shu-Xia Wang, Yun-Hao Dai, Jian-Ming Ju, Cheng-Lei Zhao
Objective Curcumin being used to treat various chronic diseases while its poor bioavailability issue limited its wide clinical application as a therapeutic agent. The aim of this work was to prepare curcumin-loaded self-assembled micelles using soluplus and solutol®HS15 (SSCMs) to enhance curcumin's solubility and thus oral bioavailability. Methods Optimum formulation was investigated and the optimized ratio of drugs and excipients was obtained and the SSCMs were prepared via ethanol solvent evaporation method...
November 17, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148805/near-infrared-quantum-dot-emission-enhanced-by-stabilized-self-assembled-j-aggregate-antennas
#17
Francesca S Freyria, José M Cordero, Justin R Caram, Sandra Doria, Amro Dodin, Yue Chen, Adam P Willard, Moungi G Bawendi
Enhancing photoluminescent emission (PL) in the near-infrared-infrared (NIR-IR) spectral region has broad applications from solar energy conversion to biological imaging. We show that self-assembled molecular dye J-aggregates (light-harvesting nanotubes, LHNs) can increase the PL emission of NIR PbS quantum dots (QDs) in both liquid and solid media more than 8-fold, promoted primarily by a long-range antenna effect and efficient Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from donor to acceptor. To create this composite material and preserve the optical properties of the nanocrystals, we performed an in situ ligand substitution followed by a functionalization reaction using click-chemistry...
November 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148800/size-and-shape-of-amyloid-fibrils-induced-by-ganglioside-nanoclusters-role-of-sialyl-oligosaccharide-in-fibril-formation
#18
Teruhiko Matsubara, Masaya Nishihara, Hanaki Yasumori, Mako Nakai, Katsuhiko Yanagisawa, Toshinori Sato
Ganglioside-enriched microdomains in the presynaptic neuronal membrane play a key role in the initiation of amyloid ß-protein (Aß) assembly related to Alzheimer's disease. We previously isolated lipids from a detergent-resistant membrane microdomain fraction of synaptosomes prepared from aged mouse brain and found that spherical Aß assemblies were formed on Aß-sensitive ganglioside nanoclusters (ASIGN) of reconstituted lipid bilayers in the synaptosomal fraction. In the present study, we investigated the role of oligosaccharides in Aß fibril formation induced by ganglioside-containing mixed lipid membranes that mimic the features of ASIGN...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148799/uniaxial-2d-superlattice-of-fe4-molecular-magnets-on-graphene
#19
Luca Gragnaniello, Fabian Paschke, Philipp Erler, Peter Schmitt, Nicole Barth, Sabina Simon, Harald Brune, Stefano Rusponi, Mikhail Fonin
We demonstrate that electrospray deposition enables the fabrication of highly periodic self-assembled arrays of Fe4H single molecule magnets on graphene/Ir(111). The energetic positions of molecular states are probed by means of scanning tunneling spectroscopy, showing pronounced long- and short-ranged spatial modulations, indicating the presence of both locally varying intermolecular as well as adsorption-site dependent molecule-substrate interactions. From the magnetic field dependence of the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism signal, we infer that the magnetic easy axis of each Fe4H molecule is oriented perpendicular to the sample surface and that after the deposition the value of the uniaxial anisotropy is identical to the one in bulk...
November 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148798/addition-to-molecular-origin-and-self-assembly-of-fluorescent-carbon-nanodots-in-polar-solvents
#20
Arjun Sharma, Trilochan Gadly, Suman Neogy, Sunil Kumar Ghosh, Manoj Kumbhakar
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November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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