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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922716/quaternary-ammonium-groups-modified-starch-microspheres-for-instant-hemorrhage-control
#1
Fangping Chen, Xiaoyan Cao, Junxia Yu, Huantong Su, Shuda Wei, Hua Hong, Changsheng Liu
Instant rapid hemostasis is crucial not only for decreasing mortality in these conditions, but also for optimal recovery. The hemostatic agents on the market suffer from inefficiency hemostasis, nondegradability, high cost and potential safety issues. It is necessary to develop a hemostatic agent with rapid hemostatic performance, potent biodegradation and improved biocompatibility. The aim of this work was to develop a novel type of cationic modified starch microspheres (CS) and investigate its hemostatic performance...
August 24, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922553/programmable-nucleic-acid-based-polygons-with-controlled-neuroimmunomodulatory-properties-for-predictive-qsar-modeling
#2
Morgan Brittany Johnson, Justin R Halman, Emily Satterwhite, Alexey V Zakharov, My N Bui, Kheiria Benkato, Victoria Goldsworthy, Taejin Kim, Enping Hong, Marina A Dobrovolskaia, Emil F Khisamutdinov, Ian Marriott, Kirill A Afonin
In the past few years, the study of therapeutic RNA nanotechnology has expanded tremendously to encompass a large group of interdisciplinary sciences. It is now evident that rationally designed programmable RNA nanostructures offer unique advantages in addressing contemporary therapeutic challenges such as distinguishing target cell types and ameliorating disease. However, to maximize the therapeutic benefit of these nanostructures, it is essential to understand the immunostimulatory aptitude of such tools and identify potential complications...
September 18, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922469/one-pot-synthesis-of-gdp-mannose-by-a-multi-enzyme-cascade-for-enzymatic-assembly-of-lipid-linked-oligosaccharides
#3
Thomas F T Rexer, Anna Schildbach, Jan Klapproth, Angelika Schierhorn, Reza Mahour, Markus Pietzsch, Erdmann Rapp, Udo Reichl
Glycosylation of proteins is a key function of the biosynthetic-secretory pathway in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and Golgi apparatus. Glycosylated proteins play a crucial role in cell trafficking and signaling, cell-cell adhesion, blood-group antigenicity, and immune response. In addition, the glycosylation of proteins is an important parameter in the optimization of many glycoprotein-based drugs such as monoclonal antibodies. In vitro glycoengineering of proteins requires glycosyltransferases as well as expensive nucleotide sugars...
September 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921974/the-hydrophobic-effect-and-the-role-of-cosolvents
#4
Nico F A van der Vegt, Divya Nayar
Cosolvents modulate aqueous solubility, hydrophobic interactions, and the stability and function of most proteins in the living cell. Our molecular-level understanding of cosolvent effects is incomplete, not only at the level of complex systems such as proteins, but also at the level of very fundamental interactions that underlie the hydrophobic effect. This Feature Article discusses cosolvent effects on the aqueous solubility of nonpolar solutes, hydrophobic interactions, and hydrophobic self-assembly/collapse of aqueous polymers, recently studied with molecular dynamics simulations...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921953/new-antimony-selenide-nickel-oxide-photocathode-boosts-the-efficiency-of-graphene-quantum-dots-co-sensitized-solar-cell
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Ankita Kolay, Ramesh K Kokal, Ankarao Kalluri, Isaac Macwan, Prabir K Patra, Partha Ghosal, Melepurath Deepa
A novel assembly of a photocathode and photoanode is investigated to explore their complementary effects in enhancing the photovoltaic performance of a quantum dot solar cell (QDSC). While p-type nickel oxide (NiO) has been used previously, antimony selenide (Sb2Se3) has not been used in a QDSC, especially as a component of a counter electrode (CE) architecture that doubles up as the photocathode. Here, near infrared (NIR) light absorbing Sb2Se3 nanoparticles (NPs) coated over electrodeposited NiO nanofibers on a carbon (C)-fabric substrate was employed as the highly efficient photocathode...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921943/self-assembly-of-mesoscale-artificial-clathrin-mimics
#6
Yifan Kong, Mina-Elraheb S Hanna, Denys Zhuo, Katherine G Chang, Tara Bozorg-Grayeli, Nicholas A Melosh
Fluidic control and sampling in complex environments is an important process in biotechnology, materials synthesis, and microfluidics. An elegant solution to this problem has evolved in nature through cellular endocytosis, where the dynamic recruitment, self-assembly, and spherical budding of clathrin proteins allows cells to sample their external environment. Yet despite the importance and utility of endocytosis, artificial systems which can replicate this dynamic behavior have not been developed. Guided by clathrin's unusual structure, we created simplified metallic microparticles that capture the three-legged shape, particle curvature, and interfacial attachment characteristics of clathrin...
September 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921913/high-resolution-imaging-of-muscle-attachment-structures-in-c-elegans
#7
Hiroshi Qadota, Yohei Matsunaga, Ken C Q Nguyen, Alexa Mattheyses, David H Hall, Guy M Benian
We used structured illumination microscopy (SIM) to obtain super-resolution images of muscle attachment structures in C. elegans striated muscle. SIM imaging of M-line components revealed two patterns: PAT-3 (β-integrin) and proteins that interact in a complex with the cytoplasmic tail of β-integrin and localize to the basal muscle cell membrane (UNC-112 (kindlin), PAT-4 (ILK), UNC-97 (PINCH), PAT-6 (α-parvin) and UNC-95), are found in discrete, angled segments with gaps. In contrast, proteins localized throughout the depth of the M-line (UNC-89 (obscurin) and UNC-98) are imaged as continuous lines...
September 16, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921856/disruption-of-perineuronal-nets-increases-the-frequency-of-sharp-wave-ripple-events
#8
ZhiYong Sun, P Lorenzo Bozzelli, Adam Caccavano, Megan Allen, Jason Balmuth, Stefano Vicini, Jian-Young Wu, Katherine Conant
Hippocampal sharp wave ripples (SWRs) represent irregularly occurring synchronous neuronal population events that are observed during phases of rest and slow wave sleep. SWR activity that follows learning involves sequential replay of training-associated neuronal assemblies and is critical for systems level memory consolidation. SWRs are initiated by CA2 or CA3 pyramidal cells and require initial excitation of CA1 pyramidal cells as well as participation of parvalbumin (PV) expressing fast spiking (FS) inhibitory interneurons...
September 16, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921421/tissue-engineering-of-3d-organotypic-microtissues-by-acoustic-assembly
#9
Yuqing Zhu, Vahid Serpooshan, Sean Wu, Utkan Demirci, Pu Chen, Sinan Güven
There is a rapidly growing interest in generation of 3D organotypic microtissues with human physiologically relevant structure, function, and cell population in a wide range of applications including drug screening, in vitro physiological/pathological models, and regenerative medicine. Here, we provide a detailed procedure to generate structurally defined 3D organotypic microtissues from cells or cell spheroids using acoustic waves as a biocompatible and scaffold-free tissue engineering tool.
September 19, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920952/mk2-phosphorylation-of-ripk1-regulates-tnf-mediated-cell-death
#10
Yves Dondelinger, Tom Delanghe, Diego Rojas-Rivera, Dario Priem, Tinneke Delvaeye, Inge Bruggeman, Franky Van Herreweghe, Peter Vandenabeele, Mathieu J M Bertrand
TNF is a master proinflammatory cytokine whose pathogenic role in inflammatory disorders can, in certain conditions, be attributed to RIPK1 kinase-dependent cell death. Survival, however, is the default response of most cells to TNF stimulation, indicating that cell demise is normally actively repressed and that specific checkpoints must be turned off for cell death to proceed. We identified RIPK1 as a direct substrate of MK2 in the TNFR1 signalling pathway. Phosphorylation of RIPK1 by MK2 limits cytosolic activation of RIPK1 and the subsequent assembly of the death complex that drives RIPK1 kinase-dependent apoptosis and necroptosis...
September 18, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920671/development-of-a-multifunctional-nanobiointerface-based-on-self-assembled-fusion-protein-rsbpa-zz-for-blood-cell-enrichment-and-phenotyping
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Mario Rothbauer, Martin Frauenlob, Karoline Gutkas, Michael B Fischer, Eva Kathrin Sinner, Seta Küpcü, Peter Ertl
We present a multifunctional nanobiointerface for blood cell capture and phenotyping applications that features both excellent antifouling properties and high antibody activity. Multifunctionality is accomplished by modifying polymeric materials using self-assembled S-layer fusion-protein rSbpA/ZZ to immobilize high density antibodies at the two protein A binding sites of the rSbpA/ZZ nanolattice structure. Controlled orientation and alignment of the antibodies reduced antibody consumption 100-fold and increased cell capture efficiency 4-fold over standard methodologies...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920426/methotrexate-camptothecin-prodrug-nanoassemblies-as-a-versatile-nanoplatform-for-biomodal-imaging-guided-self-active-targeted-and-synergistic-chemotherapy
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Yang Li, Jinyan Lin, Jinyuan Ma, Liang Song, Huirong Lin, Bowen Tang, Dengyue Chen, Guanghao Su, Shefang Ye, Xuan Zhu, Fang-Hong Luo, Zhenqing Hou
"All-in-one" carrier-free-based nano-multi-drug self-delivery system could combine triple advantages of small molecules, nanoscale characteristics, and synergistic combination therapy together. Researches have showed that dual-acting small molecular methotrexate (MTX) could target and kill the folate receptors-overexpressing cancer cells. Inspired by this mechanism, a novel collaborative "early-phase tumor-selective targeting and late-phase synergistic anticancer" approach was developed for the self-assembly of chemotherapeutic drug-drug conjugate, which showed various advantages of more simplicity, efficiency, and flexibility over the conventional approach that was only based on single or combination cancer chemotherapy...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920077/mimicking-the-bioactivity-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-using-supramolecular-nanoribbons
#13
Charles M Rubert Pérez, Zaida Álvarez, Feng Chen, Taner Aytun, Samuel I Stupp
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) is a multifunctional growth factor that has pleiotropic effects in different tissues and organs. In particular, FGF-2 has a special role in angiogenesis, an important process in development, wound healing, cell survival, and differentiation. Therefore, incorporating biological agents like FGF-2 within therapeutic biomaterials is a potential strategy to create angiogenic bioactivity for the repair of damaged tissue caused by trauma or complications that arise from age and/or disease...
September 11, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919885/trypanosoma-cruzi-evades-the-complement-system-as-an-efficient-strategy-to-survive-in-the-mammalian-host-the-specific-roles-of-host-parasite-molecules-and-trypanosoma-cruzi-calreticulin
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Galia Ramírez-Toloza, Arturo Ferreira
American Trypanosomiasis is an important neglected reemerging tropical parasitism, infecting about 8 million people worldwide. Its agent, Trypanosoma cruzi, exhibits multiple mechanisms to evade the host immune response and infect host cells. An important immune evasion strategy of T. cruzi infective stages is its capacity to inhibit the complement system activation on the parasite surface, avoiding opsonizing, immune stimulating and lytic effects. Epimastigotes, the non-infective form of the parasite, present in triatomine arthropod vectors, are highly susceptible to complement-mediated lysis while trypomastigotes, the infective form, present in host bloodstream, are resistant...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919736/carbon-nanotubes-gathered-onto-silica-particles-lose-their-biomimetic-properties-with-the-cytoskeleton-becoming-biocompatible
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Elena González-Domínguez, Nerea Iturrioz-Rodríguez, Esperanza Padín-González, Juan Villegas, Lorena García-Hevia, Moisés Pérez-Lorenzo, Wolfgang J Parak, Miguel A Correa-Duarte, Mónica L Fanarraga
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are likely to transform the therapeutic and diagnostic fields in biomedicine during the coming years. However, the fragmented vision of their side effects and toxicity in humans has proscribed their use as nanomedicines. Most studies agree that biocompatibility depends on the state of aggregation/dispersion of CNTs under physiological conditions, but conclusions are confusing so far. This study designs an experimental setup to investigate the cytotoxic effect of individualized multiwalled CNTs compared to that of identical nanotubes assembled on submicrometric structures...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919551/identification-of-potential-antigens-from-non-classically-secreted-proteins-and-designing-novel-multitope-peptide-vaccine-candidate-against-brucella-melitensis-through-reverse-vaccinology-and-immunoinformatics-approach
#16
Udayakumar S Vishnu, Jagadesan Sankarasubramanian, Paramasamy Gunasekaran, Jeyaprakash Rajendhran
Brucella melitensis is an intracellular pathogen resides in the professional and non-professional phagocytes of the host, causing zoonotic disease brucellosis. The stealthy nature of the Brucella makes it's highly pathogenic, and it is hard to eliminate the bacteria completely from the infected host. Hitherto, no licensed vaccines are available for human brucellosis. In this study, we identified potential antigens for vaccine development from non-classically secreted proteins through reverse vaccinology approach...
September 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919479/fabp1-knockdown-in-human-enterocytes-impairs-proliferation-and-alters-lipid-metabolism
#17
Rodriguez Sawicki Luciana, Bottasso Arias Natalia María, Scaglia Natalia, Falomir Lockhart Lisandro Jorge, Franchini Gisela Raquel, Storch Judith, Córsico Betina
Fatty Acid-Binding Proteins (FABPs) are abundant intracellular proteins that bind long chain fatty acids (FA) and have been related with inmunometabolic diseases. Intestinal epithelial cells express two isoforms of FABPs: liver FABP (LFABP or FABP1) and intestinal FABP (IFABP or FABP2). They are thought to be associated with intracellular dietary lipid transport and trafficking towards diverse cell fates. But still their specific functions are not well understood. To study FABP1's functions, we generated an FABP1 knockdown model in Caco-2 cell line by stable antisense cDNA transfection (FABP1as)...
September 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919299/the-retrotransposon-gag-domain-containing-protein-rgag4-is-an-ikaros-target-in-the-pituitary
#18
Zhongyi Shen, Sylvia L Asa, Shereen Ezzat
Previous studies have established the common and critical involvement of the zinc finger protein Ikaros in lymphoid and pituitary cell development and expansion. Key to the assembly of several transcriptional networks, we have demonstrated up-regulation of Ikaros and its interacting partner the C-terminal Binding Protein (CtBP) in response to hypoxia. This prompted us to explore common transcriptional targets using a chromatin immunoprecipitate (ChIP) screen of DNA from pituitary corticotroph cells. This strategy yielded a finite list of targets common to both transcription factors that included the metalloprotease ADAMTS10...
September 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919252/mutation-in-the-peroxin-coding-gene-pex22-contributing-to-high-malate-production-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#19
Hiroaki Negoro, Mitsuru Sakamoto, Atsushi Kotaka, Kengo Matsumura, Yoji Hata
Saccharomyces cerevisiae produces organic acids such as succinate, acetate, and malate during alcoholic fermentation. Since malate contributes to the pleasant taste of sake (a Japanese alcoholic beverage), various methods for breeding high-malate-producing yeast strains have been developed. Here, a high-malate-producing yeast strain F-701H was isolated. This mutant was sensitive to dimethyl succinate (DMS) and harbored a nonsense mutation in the peroxin gene PEX22, which was identified as the cause of high malate production by comparative genome analysis...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919235/alzheimer-s-disease-like-paired-helical-filament-assembly-from-truncated-tau-protein-is-independent-of-disulphide-cross-linking
#20
Youssra K Al-Hilaly, Saskia J Pollack, Devkee Vadukul, Francesca Citossi, Janet E Rickard, Michael Simpson, John M D Storey, Charles R Harrington, Claude M Wischik, Louise C Serpell
Alzheimer's disease is characterised by the self-assembly of tau and amyloid β proteins into oligomers and fibrils. Tau protein assembles into paired helical filaments (PHFs) that constitute the neurofibrillary tangles observed in neuronal cell bodies in individuals with Alzheimer's disease. The mechanism of initiation of tau assembly into PHFs is not well understood. Here we report that a truncated 95-amino acid tau fragment (corresponding to residues 297-391 of full-length tau) assembles into PHF-like fibrils in vitro without the need for other additives to initiate or template the process...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
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