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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786911/esipt-modulated-emission-of-lanthanide-complexes-different-energy-transfer-pathway-and-multi-responses
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Si-Si Sun, Zheng Wang, Xiang Wen Wu, Jian-Hua Zhang, Chao-Jie Li, Shao-Yun Yin, Ling Chen, Mei Pan, Cheng-Yong Su
Two series of isostructural lanthanide coordination complexes, namely, LIFM-42(Ln), Ln = Eu, Tb, Gd, and LIFM-43(Ln), Ln = Er, Yb) were synthesized through the self-assembly of an ESIPT (excited-state intramolecular proton transfer) ligand, H2hpi2cf (5-(2-(5-fluoro-2-hydroxyphenyl)-4,5-bis(4-fluorophenyl)-1H-imidazol-1-yl)isophthalic acid) with different lanthanide ions. In the coordination structures linked by the ligands and oxo-bridged LnIII2 clusters (for LIFM-42(Ln) series) or isolated LnIII ions (for LIFM-43(Ln) series), the ESIPT ligand can serve as both the host and antenna for protecting and sensitizing the photoluminescence (PL) of LnIII ions...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786904/visible-light-induced-supra-amphiphilic-switch-leads-to-transition-from-supramolecular-nanosphere-to-nanovesicle-activated-by-pillar-5-arene-based-host-guest-interaction
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Pengyu Li, Qianfang Yao, Baozhong Lü, Guiping Ma, Meizhen Yin
A photoresponsive host-guest supramolecular complex (WP5⊃G) constructed by water-soluble pillar[5]arene (WP5) and spiropyran derivative (G) is presented. The spontaneous isomerization of G from spiropyran (SP) form to ring-opened merocyanine (MC) form happens either alone or in WP5⊃G in aqueous media. Irradiated by visible light, G can be converted into SP form completely and the hydrophilicity will be changed. G and WP5⊃G are both verified to self-assemble into nanospheres. Upon exposure to visible light, WP5⊃G reassemble into nanovesicles due to the change of supra-amphiphilicity, while G alone does not have this transition...
May 22, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786899/improved-stable-indocyanine-green-icg-mediated-cancer-optotheranostics-with-naturalized-hepatitis-b-core-particles
#3
Wenjun Shan, Ronghe Chen, Qiang Zhang, Jie Zhao, Binbin Chen, Xi Zhou, Shefang Ye, Shengli Bi, Liming Nie, Lei Ren
In recent years, hepatitis B core protein virus-like particle (HBc VLP) is an impressive biomaterial, which has attracted considerable attention due to favorable properties such as structural stability, high uptake efficiency, and biocompatibility in biomedical applications. Heretofore, only a few attempts have been made to apply it in physical, chemical, and biological therapy for cancer. In this study, a tumor-targeting RGD-HBc VLP is first fabricated through genetic engineering. For image-guided cancer phototherapy, indocyanine green (ICG) is loaded into RGD-HBc VLP via a disassembly/reassembly pathway and electrostatic attraction with high efficiency...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786885/automated-buildup-of-biomimetic-films-in-cell-culture-microplates-for-high-throughput-screening-of-cellular-behaviors
#4
Paul Machillot, Catarina Quintal, Fabien Dalonneau, Loic Hermant, Pauline Monnot, Kelsey Matthews, Vincent Fitzpatrick, Jie Liu, Isabelle Pignot-Paintrand, Catherine Picart
An automatic method is established for layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of biomimetic coatings in cell culture microplates using a commercial liquid-handling robot. Highly homogeneous thin films are formed at the bottom of each microwell. The LbL film-coated microplates are compatible with common cellular assays, using microplate readers and automated microscopes. Cellular adhesion is screened on crosslinked and peptide-functionalized LbL films and stem cell differentiation in response to increasing doses of bone morphogenetic proteins (2, 4, 7, 9)...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786730/dimensional-control-of-supramolecular-assemblies-of-diacetylene-derived-peptide-gemini-amphiphile-from-spherical-micelles-to-foamlike-networks
#5
Hao Jiang, Martin Ehlers, Xiao-Yu Hu, Elio Zellermann, Carsten Schmuck
Peptide amphiphiles capable of assembling into multidimensional nanostructures have attracted much attention over the past decade due to their potential applications in materials science. Herein, a novel diacetylene-derived peptide gemini amphiphile with a fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc) group at the N-terminus is reported to hierarchically assemble into spherical micelles, one-dimensional nanorods, two-dimensional foamlike networks and lamellae. Solvent polarity shows a remarkable effect on the self-assembled structures by changing the balance of four weak noncovalent interactions (hydrogen-bonding, π-π stacking, hydrophobic interaction, and electrostatic repulsion)...
May 22, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786722/an-urchin-like-mgco-2-o-4-ppy-core-shell-composite-grown-on-ni-foam-for-a-high-performance-all-solid-state-asymmetric-supercapacitor
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Haiwen Gao, Xiaohong Wang, Ganghu Wang, Chen Hao, Saisai Zhou, Chengxiang Huang
In recent years, the electrochemical properties of supercapacitors have been greatly improved due to continuous improvement in their composite materials. In this study, an urchin-like MgCo2O4@PPy/NF (MgCo2O4@polypyrrole/Ni foam) core-shell structure composite material was successfully developed as an electrode for supercapacitors. The MCP-2 composite material, obtained by a hydrothermal method and in situ chemical oxidative polymerization, shows a high specific capacitance of 1079.6 F g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1, which is much higher than that of MC (783...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786699/the-draft-genome-sequence-of-cork-oak
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António Marcos Ramos, Ana Usié, Pedro Barbosa, Pedro M Barros, Tiago Capote, Inês Chaves, Fernanda Simões, Isabl Abreu, Isabel Carrasquinho, Carlos Faro, Joana B Guimarães, Diogo Mendonça, Filomena Nóbrega, Leandra Rodrigues, Nelson J M Saibo, Maria Carolina Varela, Conceição Egas, José Matos, Célia M Miguel, M Margarida Oliveira, Cândido P Ricardo, Sónia Gonçalves
Cork oak (Quercus suber) is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa where it plays a crucial environmental and economical role. To tackle the cork oak production and industrial challenges, advanced research is imperative but dependent on the availability of a sequenced genome. To address this, we produced the first draft version of the cork oak genome. We followed a de novo assembly strategy based on high-throughput sequence data, which generated a draft genome comprising 23,347 scaffolds and 953.3 Mb in size...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786651/clinical-efficacy-associated-with-enhanced-antioxidant-enzyme-activities-of-silver-nanoparticles-biosynthesized-using-moringa-oleifera-leaf-extract-against-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-a-murine-model-of-leishmania-major
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Manal El-Khadragy, Ebtesam M Alolayan, Dina M Metwally, Mohamed F Serag El-Din, Sara S Alobud, Nour I Alsultan, Sarah S Alsaif, Manal A Awad, Ahmed E Abdel Moneim
Leishmaniasis is one of the most significant vector-borne syndromes of individuals. This parasitic infection can be affected by many species of Leishmania, most of which are zoonotic. Natural products have made and are continuing to make important contributions to the search for new antileishmanial agents. The use of plants in the production assembly of silver nanoparticles has drawn attention because of its rapid, eco-friendly, non-pathogenic, economical protocol and provides a single step technique for the biosynthetic process...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786613/biophysics-of-membrane-curvature-remodeling-at-molecular-and-mesoscopic-lengthscales
#9
Natesan Ramakrishnan, Ryan P Bradley, Richard W Tourdot, Ravi Radhakrishnan
At the micron scale, where cell organelles display an amazing complexity in their shape and organization, the physical properties of a biological membrane can be better-understood using continuum models subject to thermal (stochastic) undulations. Yet, the chief orchestrators of these complex and intriguing shapes are a specialized class of membrane associating often peripheral proteins called curvature remodeling proteins (CRPs) that operate at the molecular level through specific protein-lipid interactions...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786552/intestinal-organoids-for-modelling-intestinal-development-and-disease
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Kathryn L Fair, Jennifer Colquhoun, Nicholas R F Hannan
Gastrointestinal diseases are becoming increasingly prevalent in developed countries. Immortalized cells and animal models have delivered important but limited insight into the mechanisms that initiate and propagate these diseases. Human-specific models of intestinal development and disease are desperately needed that can recapitulate structure and function of the gut in vitro Advances in pluripotent stem cells and primary tissue culture techniques have made it possible to culture intestinal epithelial cells in three dimensions that self-assemble to form 'intestinal organoids'...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786430/galaxygpcrloop-template-based-and-ab-initio-structure-sampling-of-the-extracellular-loops-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors
#11
Jonghun Won, Gyu Rie Lee, Hahnbeom Park, Chaok Seok
The second extracellular loops (ECL2s) of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are often involved in GPCR functions, and their structures have important implications in drug discovery. However, structure prediction of ECL2 is difficult because of its long length and the structural diversity among different GPCRs. In this study, a new ECL2 conformational sampling method involving both template-based and ab initio sampling was developed. Inspired by observation of similar ECL2 structures of closely related GPCRs, a template-based sampling method employing loop structure templates selected from the structure database was developed...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786428/electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-for-real-time-detection-of-lipid-membrane-damage-based-on-a-porous-self-assembly-monolayer-support
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Meng Zhang, Qingyu Zhai, Liping Wan, Li Chen, Yu Peng, Chunyan Deng, Juan Xiang, Jiawei Yan
Layer-by-layer dissolution and permeable pore formation are two typical membrane damage pathways, which induce membrane function disorder and result in serious disease, such as Alzheimer's disease, Keshan disease, Sickle-cell disease and so on. To effectively distinguish and sensitively monitor these two typical membrane damage pathways, a facile electrochemical impedance strategy was developed on a porous self-assembly monolayer (pSAM) supported bilayer lipid membrane (BLM). The pSAM was prepared by selectively electrochemical reductive desorption of the mercaptopropionic acid in a mixed mercaptopropionic acid/11-mercaptoundecanoic acid self-assembled monolayer, which created plenty of nanopores with tens of nanometers in diameter and several nanometers in height (defined as inner-pores)...
May 22, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786417/ultraselective-pebax-membranes-enabled-by-templated-microphase-separation
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Yatao Zhang, Yijia Shen, Jingwei Hou, Yiming Zhang, Winny Fam, Jindun Liu, Thomas D Bennett, Vicki Chen
Block copolymer materials have been considered as promising candidates to fabricate gas separation membranes. This microphase separation affects the polymer chain packing density and molecular separation efficiency. Here we demonstrate a method to template microphase separation within a thin composite Pebax membrane, through the controllable self-assembly of one-dimensional halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) within the thin film via solution casting technique. Crystallisation of the polyamide component is induced at the HNT surface, guiding subsequent crystal growth around the tubular structure...
May 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786101/a-peg-copper-i-halide-cluster-as-an-eco-friendly-catalytic-system-for-c-n-bond-formation
#14
Cheng-An Li, Wei Ji, Jian Qu, Su Jing, Fei Gao, Dun-Ru Zhu
The catalytic activities of eight copper(i) halide clusters assembled from copper(i) halide and ferrocenyltelluroethers, 1-8, were investigated in C-N formation under various conditions. A catalytic procedure using poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-400) as a greener alternative organic solvent has been developed. The PEG-400/5 system can achieve 99% targeted yield with a mild reaction temperature and short reaction time. After the isolation of the products by extraction with diethyl ether, this PEG-400/cluster system could be easily recycled...
May 22, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786100/a-multifunctional-eu-cp-as-a-recyclable-luminescent-probe-for-the-highly-sensitive-detection-of-fe-3-fe-2-cr-2-o-7-2-and-nitroaromatic-explosives
#15
Yang Yang, Fangzhou Qiu, Cong Xu, Yan Feng, Guolin Zhang, Weisheng Liu
A novel 2D lanthanide coordination polymer {Eu-CP (1)} based on a 3-bis(3-carboxyphenyl)imidazolium (L) ligand was successfully assembled through a solvothermal method. Luminescence tests indicate that 1 has excellent selectivity and sensitivity to detect Fe3+/Fe2+, Cr2O72-, and a series of nitroaromatic explosives. Interestingly, 1 can effectively distinguish CrVI anions (CrO42-/Cr2O72-), which is difficult for most of the reported CPs. Furthermore, in the detection process, 1 can be simply and quickly regenerated and reused at least five times...
May 22, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786079/dissection-of-dna-double-strand-break-repair-using-novel-single-molecule-forceps
#16
Jing L Wang, Camille Duboc, Qian Wu, Takashi Ochi, Shikang Liang, Susan E Tsutakawa, Susan P Lees-Miller, Marc Nadal, John A Tainer, Tom L Blundell, Terence R Strick
Repairing DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) by nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ) requires multiple proteins to recognize and bind DNA ends, process them for compatibility, and ligate them together. We constructed novel DNA substrates for single-molecule nanomanipulation, allowing us to mechanically detect, probe, and rupture in real-time DSB synapsis by specific human NHEJ components. DNA-PKcs and Ku allow DNA end synapsis on the 100 ms timescale, and the addition of PAXX extends this lifetime to ~2 s. Further addition of XRCC4, XLF and ligase IV results in minute-scale synapsis and leads to robust repair of both strands of the nanomanipulated DNA...
May 21, 2018: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786072/mptp-driven-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-in-microglia-plays-a-central-role-in-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration
#17
Eunju Lee, Inhwa Hwang, Sangjun Park, Sujeong Hong, Boreum Hwang, Yoeseph Cho, Junghyun Son, Je-Wook Yu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) and the reduction of dopamine levels in the striatum. Although details of the molecular mechanisms underlying dopaminergic neuronal death in PD remain unclear, neuroinflammation is also considered a potent mediator in the pathogenesis and progression of PD. In the present study, we present evidences that microglial NLRP3 inflammasome activation is critical for dopaminergic neuronal loss and the subsequent motor deficits in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) mouse model of PD...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786071/dopamine-d2-receptor-restricts-astrocytic-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-via-enhancing-the-interaction-of-%C3%AE-arrestin2-and-nlrp3
#18
Jialei Zhu, Zhaoli Hu, Xiaojuan Han, Dongshuo Wang, Qingling Jiang, Jianhua Ding, Ming Xiao, Cong Wang, Ming Lu, Gang Hu
Astrocytes are involved in the neuroinflammation of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Among the numerous inflammatory cytokines, interleukin-1β (IL-1β) produced by astrocytic Nod-like receptor protein (NLRP) inflammasome is crucial in the pathogenesis of PD. β-arrestin2-mediated dopamine D2 receptor (Drd2) signal transduction has been regarded as a potential anti-inflammatory target. Our previous study revealed that astrocytic Drd2 suppresses neuroinflammation in the central nervous system...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785964/mechanism-of-selective-recruitment-of-rna-polymerases-ii-and-iii-to-snrna-gene-promoters
#19
Oleksandr Dergai, Pascal Cousin, Jerome Gouge, Karishma Satia, Viviane Praz, Tracy Kuhlman, Philippe Lhôte, Alessandro Vannini, Nouria Hernandez
RNA polymerase II (Pol II) small nuclear RNA (snRNA) promoters and type 3 Pol III promoters have highly similar structures; both contain an interchangeable enhancer and "proximal sequence element" (PSE), which recruits the SNAP complex (SNAPc). The main distinguishing feature is the presence, in the type 3 promoters only, of a TATA box, which determines Pol III specificity. To understand the mechanism by which the absence or presence of a TATA box results in specific Pol recruitment, we examined how SNAPc and general transcription factors required for Pol II or Pol III transcription of SNAPc-dependent genes (i...
May 21, 2018: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785900/insulin-suppresses-the-ampk-signaling-pathway-to-regulate-lipid-metabolism-in-primary-cultured-hepatocytes-of-dairy-cows
#20
Xinwei Li, Yu Li, Hongyan Ding, Jihong Dong, Renhe Zhang, Dan Huang, Lin Lei, Zhe Wang, Guowen Liu, Xiaobing Li
Dairy cows with type II ketosis display hepatic fat accumulation and hyperinsulinemia, but the underlying mechanism is not completely clear. This study aimed to clarify the regulation of lipid metabolism by insulin in cow hepatocytes. In vitro, cow hepatocytes were treated with 0, 1, 10, or 100 nm insulin in the presence or absence of AICAR (an AMP-activated protein kinase alpha (AMPKα) activator). The results showed that insulin decreased AMPKα phosphorylation. This inactivation of AMPKα increased the gene and protein expression levels of carbohydrate responsive element-binding protein (ChREBP) and sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1c (SREBP-1c), which downregulated the expression of lipogenic genes, thereby decreasing lipid biosynthesis...
May 2018: Journal of Dairy Research
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