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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914367/single-wall-carbon-nanotube-electrode-system-capable-of-quantitative-detection-of-cd4-t-cells
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Joonhyub Kim, Gayoung Park, Seoho Lee, Suk-Won Hwang, Namki Min, Kyung-Mi Lee
Development of CNT-based CD4(+) T cell imunosensors remains in its infancy due to the poor immobilization efficiency, lack of reproducibility, and difficulty in providing linear quantification. Here, we developed a fully-integrated single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT)-based immunosensor capable of selective capture and linear quantification of CD4(+) T cells with greater dynamic range. By employing repeated two-step oxygen (O2) plasma treatment processes with 35 days of recovery periods, we achieved the enhanced functionalization of the CNT surface and the removal of the byproduct of spray-coated SWCNTs that hinders charge transfer and stable CD4(+) T cell sensing...
November 25, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914364/structure-based-exploration-and-exploitation-of-the-s4-subsite-of-norovirus-3cl-protease-in-the-design-of-potent-and-permeable-inhibitors
#2
Anushka C Galasiti Kankanamalage, Yunjeong Kim, Athri D Rathnayake, Vishnu C Damalanka, Pathum M Weerawarna, Sean T Doyle, Amer F Alsoudi, D M Padmasankha Dissanayake, Gerald H Lushington, Nurjahan Mehzabeen, Kevin P Battaile, Scott Lovell, Kyeong-Ok Chang, William C Groutas
Human noroviruses are the primary cause of epidemic and sporadic acute gastroenteritis. The worldwide high morbidity and mortality associated with norovirus infections, particularly among the elderly, immunocompromised patients and children, constitute a serious public health concern. There are currently no approved human vaccines or norovirus-specific small-molecule therapeutics or prophylactics. Norovirus 3CL protease has recently emerged as a potential therapeutic target for the development of anti-norovirus agents...
November 14, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914362/an-overview-of-the-binding-models-of-fgfr-tyrosine-kinases-in-complex-with-small-molecule-inhibitors
#3
REVIEW
Weiyan Cheng, Mixiang Wang, Xin Tian, Xiaojian Zhang
The fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) family receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) includes four structurally related members, termed as FGFR1, FGFR2, FGFR3, and FGFR4. Given its intimate role in the progression of several solid tumors, excessive FGFR signaling provides an opportunity for anticancer therapy. Along with extensive pharmacological studies validating the therapeutic potential of targeting the FGFRs for cancer treatment, co-crystal structures of FGFRs/inhibitors are continuously coming up to study the mechanism of actions and explore new inhibitors...
November 25, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914361/development-of-cxcr4-modulators-by-virtual-hts-of-a-novel-amide-sulfamide-compound-library
#4
Renren Bai, Qi Shi, Zhongxing Liang, Younghyoun Yoon, Yiran Han, Amber Feng, Shuangping Liu, Yoonhyeun Oum, C Chris Yun, Hyunsuk Shim
CXCR4 plays a crucial role in recruitment of inflammatory cells to inflammation sites at the beginning of the disease process. Modulating CXCR4 functions presents a new avenue for anti-inflammatory strategies. However, using CXCR4 antagonists for a long term usage presents potential serious side effect due to their stem cell mobilizing property. We have been developing partial CXCR4 antagonists without such property. A new computer-aided drug design program, the FRESH workflow, was used for anti-CXCR4 lead compound discovery and optimization, which coupled both compound library building and CXCR4 docking screens in one campaign...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914300/structure-based-analysis-of-bacilli-and-plasmid-dihydrofolate-reductase-evolution
#5
Mona Alotaibi, Ben Delos Reyes, Tin Le, Phuong Luong, Faramarz Valafar, Robert P Metzger, Gary B Fogel, David Hecht
Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), a key enzyme in tetrahydrofolate-mediated biosynthetic pathways, has a structural motif known to be highly conserved over a wide range of organisms. Given its critical role in purine and amino acid synthesis, DHFR is a well established therapeutic target for treating a wide range of prokaryotic and eukaryotic infections as well as certain types of cancer. Here we present a structural-based computer analysis of bacterial (Bacilli) and plasmid DHFR evolution. We generated a structure-based sequence alignment using 7 wild-type DHFR x-ray crystal structures obtained from the RCSB Protein Data Bank and 350 chromosomal and plasmid homology models we generated from sequences obtained from the NCBI Protein Database...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914294/selective-agonism-of-mglu8-receptors-by-s-3-4-dicarboxyphenylglycine-does-not-affect-sleep-stages-in-the-rat
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María Cavas, Gianluigi Scesa, Mercedes Martín-López, José Francisco Navarro
BACKGROUND: Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGlu) play a role in a number of physiological processes and behaviors, as well as in certain pathological conditions and diseases. New drugs targetting mGlu receptors are being developed with treatment purposes. Recent data indicates that glutamate is involved in sleep, and pharmacological manipulation of distinct subtypes of mGlu receptors affect sleep. Here the consequences of selective pharmacological agonism of mGlu8 receptor upon sleep and wakefulness are explored for the first time...
September 22, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914284/applying-crispr-cas-for-genome-engineering-in-plants-the-best-is-yet-to-come
#7
REVIEW
Holger Puchta
Less than 5 years ago the CRISPR/Cas nuclease was first introduced into eukaryotes, shortly becoming the most efficient and widely used tool for genome engineering. For plants, efforts were centred on obtaining heritable changes in most transformable crop species by inducing mutations into open reading frames of interest, via non-homologous end joining. Now it is important to take the next steps and further develop the technology to reach its full potential. For breeding, besides using DNA-free editing and avoiding off target effects, it will be desirable to apply the system for the mutation of regulatory elements and for more complex genome rearrangements...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914281/stability-of-smokeless-powder-compounds-on-collection-devices
#8
Regina Verena Taudte, Claude Roux, Alison Beavis
The current trend towards the implementation of organic gunshot residue (OGSR) analysis into gunshot residue (GSR) investigation protocols typically involves the sequential analysis of inorganic and organic GSR. However, to allow for the consecutive analysis of inorganic and organic GSR, specimens will often be stored for different lengths of time which may result in compounds of interest degrading. In order to optimise storage conditions, it is important to consider compound degradation on collection devices during storage...
November 24, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914270/surface-mediated-transfection-of-a-pdna-vector-encoding-short-hairpin-rna-to-downregulate-tgf-%C3%AE-1-expression-for-the-prevention-of-in-stent-restenosis
#9
He Zhang, Ke-Feng Ren, Hao Chang, Jin-Lei Wang, Jian Ji
In-stent restenosis is one of the most serious modes of failure of cardiovascular stent implant. Although drug-eluting stents have been proven to reduce in-stent restenosis, the nonspecific inhibitory effects of anti-proliferative drugs, such as rapamycin, result in delayed re-endothelialization and fatal late stent thrombosis. Although many studies have focused on promoting rapid re-endothelialization, a feasible method of reducing excessive extracellular matrix (ECM) production and cell proliferation might provide a promising way to efficiently inhibit the restenosis in vivo...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914269/targeted-hydroxyethyl-starch-prodrug-for-inhibiting-the-growth-and-metastasis-of-prostate-cancer
#10
Kaidong Zhao, Di Li, Weiguo Xu, Jianxun Ding, Weiqian Jiang, Mingqiang Li, Chunxi Wang, Xuesi Chen
Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent malignancies among men. Although chemotherapy has been an effective therapeutic approach for treating metastatic prostate cancer, serious undesired side effects have hampered its wide application clinically. In this work, a pH-responsive LHRH-conjugated hydroxyethyl starch-doxorubicin (HES-DOX/LHRH) prodrug was facilely synthesized by conjugating oxidized HES (HES-CHO) with DOX and LHRH through an acid-sensitive Schiff base bond. The resulting prodrug spontaneously self-assembled into nanoscopic micelle with a radius of about 55 nm in an aqueous environment...
November 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914267/intein-mediated-site-specific-synthesis-of-tumor-targeting-protein-delivery-system-turning-peg-dilemma-into-prodrug-like-feature
#11
Yingzhi Chen, Meng Zhang, Hongyue Jin, Yisi Tang, Huiyuan Wang, Qin Xu, Yaping Li, Feng Li, Yongzhuo Huang
Poor tumor-targeted and cytoplasmic delivery is a bottleneck for protein toxin-based cancer therapy. Ideally, a protein toxin drug should remain stealthy in circulation for prolonged half-life and reduced side toxicity, but turn activated at tumor. PEGylation is a solution to achieve the first goal, but creates a hurdle for the second because PEG rejects interaction between the drugs and tumor cells therein. Such PEG dilemma is an unsolved problem in protein delivery. Herein proposed is a concept of turning PEG dilemma into prodrug-like feature...
November 27, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914264/pattern-based-sensing-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells-with-dual-ligand-cofunctionalized-gold-nanoclusters
#12
Yu Tao, Mingqiang Li, Debra T Auguste
Early detection of breast cancer is a critical component in patient prognosis and establishing effective therapy regimens. Here, we developed an easily accessible yet potentially powerful sensor to detect cancer cell targets by utilizing seven dual-ligand cofunctionalized gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) as both effective cell recognition elements and signal transducers. On the basis of this AuNC multichannel sensor, we have successfully distinguished healthy, cancerous and metastatic human breast cells with excellent reproducibility and high sensitivity...
November 25, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914261/reducing-implant-loss-rates-in-immediate-breast-reconstructions
#13
L Darragh, A Robb, C M Hardie, S McDonald, P Valand, J M O'Donogue
UK best practice guidelines for oncoplastic breast reconstruction were published in 2012. Implant-based reconstruction quality indicator (QI) targets for readmission, return to theatre and implant loss rates were set at 5% by 3 months, along with guidance to achieve these targets. The aims of this study were to quantify complication rates following implant-based reconstruction before and after the implementation of the guidelines. A retrospective audit of 86 patients with 106 implants in the 12 months to June 2013 was performed, C1...
November 30, 2016: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914248/the-difficult-lives-of-individuals-with-bipolar-disorder-a-review-of-functional-outcomes-and-their-implications-for-treatment
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REVIEW
Michael J Gitlin, David J Miklowitz
BACKGROUND: Most longitudinal or treatment studies in bipolar disorder have used symptomatic or syndromal status as the primary outcome variable. More recently, psychosocial functioning has been highlighted as a key domain of outcome. Patients with bipolar disorder appear to be impaired in all functional domains, although the factors that cause impairment have not been clearly specified. METHODS: This paper reviews cross-sectional and longitudinal studies on functional impairment and its relationship to symptomatic, neurocognitive, personality, and stress variables in bipolar disorder; and the implications of these relationships for defining treatment targets...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914247/antenatal-depressive-symptoms-among-pregnant-women-evidence-from-a-southern-brazilian-population-based-cohort-study
#15
Carolina de Vargas Nunes Coll, Mariângela Freitas da Silveira, Diego Garcia Bassani, Elena Netsi, Fernando César Wehrmeister, Fernando César Barros, Alan Stein
BACKGROUND: Antenatal depression (AD) is a major public health issue but evidence regarding its prevalence and associated factors in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) is limited. The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence and identify risk factors for AD among Brazilian pregnant women. METHODS: All women living in the urban area of the city of Pelotas, Southern Brazil, with confirmed pregnancy and estimated delivery date in the year 2015, were invited to take part...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914226/drinking-motives-and-alcohol-outcome-expectancies-as-mediators-of-the-association-between-negative-urgency-and-alcohol-consumption
#16
Amber M Anthenien, Jordanna Lembo, Clayton Neighbors
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the effects of negative urgency, a unique facet of impulsivity marked by engaging in potentially unhealthy and rash behaviors in order to cope with anxiety or negative moods, on drinking behavior can be explained by positive and negative alcohol outcome expectancies and specific drinking motives (i.e., coping and enhancement). METHODS: College students (N=194) completed web-based surveys in exchange for course credit. Students completed measures of negative urgency, comprehensive effects of alcohol, drinking motives, and alcohol use behaviors...
November 15, 2016: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914171/clinical-feasibility-of-brain-computer-interface-based-on-steady-state-visual-evoked-potential-in-patients-with-locked-in-syndrome-case-studies
#17
Han-Jeong Hwang, Chang-Hee Han, Jeong-Hwan Lim, Yong-Wook Kim, Soo-In Choi, Kwang-Ok An, Jun-Hak Lee, Ho-Seung Cha, Seung Hyun Kim, Chang-Hwan Im
Although the feasibility of brain-computer interface (BCI) systems based on steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) has been extensively investigated, only a few studies have evaluated its clinical feasibility in patients with locked-in syndrome (LIS), who are the main targets of BCI technology. The main objective of this case report was to share our experiences of SSVEP-based BCI experiments involving five patients with LIS, thereby providing researchers with useful information that can potentially help them to design BCI experiments for patients with LIS...
December 3, 2016: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914103/-click-on-the-alkynylated-carbon-quantum-dots-an-efficient-surface-functionalization-for-specific-biosensing-and-bioimaging
#18
Mingxuan Gao, Lin Yang, Yi Zheng, Xiaoxi Yang, Hongyan Zou, Jing Han, Zexi Liu, Yuanfang Li, Cheng Zhi Huang
Surface functionalization is an essential prerequisite for wide and specific applications of nanoparticles such as photoluminescent (PL) carbon quantum dots (CQDs), but still remains as a major challenge. In this report, alkynylated CQDs, which were prepared at first from carboxyl-rich CQDs through amidation with propargylamine in the presence of 1,1'-carbonyldiimidazole, were efficiently modified with azido molecular beacon DNA through copper(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition reaction (CuAAC). As the proof of concept, the DNA-modified CQDs was then bonded with 5-nm gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) through gold-sulfur bond...
December 3, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914101/tuc-338-promotes-invasion-and-metastasis-in-colorectal-cancer
#19
Chenghai Wang, Zheng Wang, Jie Zhou, Shuang Liu, Cong Wu, Caihong Huang, Yongling Ding
Ultraconserved regions (UCRs) are non-protein coding gene sequences that are strictly conserved across among different species. Emerging evidence demonstrates that transcribed ultraconserved regions (TUCRs) encoding noncoding RNAs serve as regulators of gene expression. In recent decades, increasing evidence implicates the involvement of UCRs in carcinogenesis. The role of TUC.338 in cervical cancers was an oncogene in previous studies. Until now, the role of TUC.338 in colorectal cancers remains undefined...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914093/lsmo-nanoparticles-coated-by-hyaluronic-acid-for-magnetic-hyperthermia
#20
Yuanwei Chen, Ying Wang, Xi Liu, Mai Lu, Jiangwei Cao, Tao Wang
Magnetic hyperthermia with the treating temperature range of 41-46 °C is an alternative therapy for cancer treatment. In this article, lanthanum strontium manganates (La1-x Sr x MnO3, 0.25 ≤ × ≤ 0.35) magnetic nanoparticles coated by hyaluronic acid (HA) which possesses the ability of targeting tumor cells were prepared by a simple hydrothermal method combined with a high-energy ball milling technique. The crystal structure, morphology, magnetic properties of the HA-coated magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), and their heating ability under alternating magnetic field were investigated...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
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