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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214450/in-silico-structural-and-functional-analysis-of-mesorhizobium-acc-deaminase
#1
Krishnendu Pramanik, Tithi Soren, Soumik Mitra, Tushar Kanti Maiti
Nodulation is one of the very important processes of legume plants as it is the initiating event of fixing nitrogen. Although ethylene has essential role in normal plant metabolism but it has also negative impact on plants particularly in nodule formation in legume plants. It is also produced due to a variety of biotic or abiotic stresses. 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) deaminase is a rhizobial enzyme which cleaves ACC (immediate precursor of ethylene) into α-ketobutyrate and ammonia. As a result, the level of ethylene from the plant cells is decreased and the negative impact of ethylene on nodule formation is reduced...
February 11, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213209/molecularly-imprinted-solid-phase-extraction-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-seven-nitroimidazoles-from-honey-by-hplc-ms-ms
#2
Xiu-Chun Guo, Zhao-Yang Xia, Hai-Hui Wang, Wen-Yi Kang, Li-Ming Lin, Wen-Qing Cao, Hong-Wei Zhang, Wen-Hui Zhou
In this work, a selective sample cleanup procedure that combined molecular imprinting technique with solid phase extraction was developed for the simultaneous extraction of the seven nitroimidazoles (NMZs) from honey samples. The molecular imprinting polymers for NMZs were prepared through bulk polymerization method using 2-methyl-5-nitroimidazole as template molecule, methacrylic acid as the functional monomer and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as the cross linking agent. The obtained molecular imprinting polymers showed high affinity to template molecule and was used as selective sorbent for simultaneously selective extraction of the seven NMZs from honey matrix...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212614/transcriptomic-profiling-provides-molecular-insights-into-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-adventitious-rooting-in-mung-bean-seedlings
#3
Shi-Weng Li, Yan Leng, Rui-Fang Shi
BACKGROUND: Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has been known to function as a signalling molecule involved in the modulation of various physiological processes in plants. H2O2 has been shown to act as a promoter during adventitious root formation in hypocotyl cuttings. In this study, RNA-Seq was performed to reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying H2O2-induced adventitious rooting. RESULTS: RNA-Seq data revealed that H2O2 treatment greatly increased the numbers of clean reads and expressed genes and abundance of gene expression relative to the water treatment...
February 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211995/far-uv-annealed-inkjet-printed-in2o3-semiconductor-layers-for-tfts-on-flexible-pen-substrate
#4
Jaakko Henrik Leppäniemi, Kim Eiroma, Himadri Majumdar, Ari Alastalo
The inkjet-printing process of precursor solutions containing In-nitrate dissolved in 2-methoxyethanol is optimized using ethylene glycol as a co-solvent that allows the stabilization of the droplet formation, leading to a robust, repeatable printing process. The inkjet-printed precursor films are then converted to In2O3 semiconductors at flexible-substrate-compatible low-temperatures (150 - 200 °C) using combined far ultraviolet (FUV) exposure at ~160 nm and thermal treatment. The compositional nature of the precursor-to-metal oxide conversion is studied using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy that indicate that amorphous, high density (up to 5...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209540/in-vitro-characterization-of-ph-sensitive-azithromycin-loaded-methoxy-poly-ethylene-glycol-block-poly-aspartic-acid-graft-imidazole-micelles
#5
Fangfang Teng, Peizong Deng, Zhimei Song, Feilong Zhou, Runliang Feng, Na Liu
In order to improve azithromycin's antibacterial activity in acidic medium, monomethoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-block-poly (aspartic acid-graft-imidazole) copolymer was synthesized through allylation, free radical addition, ring-opening polymerization and amidation reactions with methoxy poly (ethylene glycol) as raw material. Drug loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency of azithromycin-loaded micelles prepared via thin film hydration method were 11.58±0.86% and 96.06±1.93%, respectively. The drug-loaded micelles showed pH-dependent property in the respects of particle size, zeta potential at the range of pH 5...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209499/blastocyst-development-after-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-of-equine-oocytes-vitrified-at-the-germinal-vesicle-stage
#6
Heloísa Siqueira Canesin, Joao Gatto Brom-de-Luna, Young-Ho Choi, Isabel Ortiz, Mouhamadou Diaw, Katrin Hinrichs
We evaluated the meiotic and developmental competence of GV-stage equine oocytes vitrified under different conditions. In a preliminary study, using dimethyl sulfoxide (D), ethylene glycol (EG) and sucrose (S) as cryoprotectants, the maturation rate was higher for cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) held overnight before vitrification (37%) than for those vitrified immediately (14%; P < 0.05). Thereafter, all COCs were held overnight before vitrification. In Experiment 1 we compared 1 min (1 m) and 4 min (4 m) exposure to vitrification and warming solutions; oocytes that subsequently matured were fertilized by ICSI...
February 13, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209181/de-novo-sequencing-and-comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-adventitious-root-development-induced-by-exogenous-indole-3-butyric-acid-in-cuttings-of-tetraploid-black-locust
#7
Jine Quan, Seng Meng, Erhui Guo, Sheng Zhang, Zhong Zhao, Xitian Yang
BACKGROUND: Indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) is applied to the cuttings of various plant species to induce formation of adventitious roots (ARs) in commercial settings. Tetraploid black locust is an attractive ornamental tree that is drought resistant, sand tolerant, can prevent sand erosion and has various commercial uses. To further elucidate the mechanisms of AR formation, we used Illumina sequencing to analyze transcriptome dynamics and differential gene expression at four developmental stages in control (CK) and IBA-treated groups...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208780/preparation-of-constrained-geometry-titanium-complexes-of-1-2-azasilinane-framework-for-ethylene-1-octene-copolymerization
#8
Seul Lee, Seung Soo Park, Jin Gu Kim, Chung Sol Kim, Bun Yeoul Lee
The Me₂Si-bridged ansa-Cp/amido half-metallocene, [Me₂Si(η⁵-Me₄C₅)(N(t)Bu)]TiCl₂, termed a "constrained-geometry catalyst (CGC)", is a representative homogeneous Ziegler catalyst. CGC derivatives with the [1,2]azasilinane framework, in which the amide alkyl substituent is joined by the Si-bridge, were prepared, and the catalytic performances of these species was studied. Me₄C₅HSi(Me)(CH₂CH=CH₂)-NH(C(R)(R')CH=CH₂) (R, R' = H or methyl; Me₄C₅H = tetramethylcyclopentadienyl) was susceptible to ring closure metathesis (RCM) when treated with Schrock's Mo-catalyst to afford -Si(Me₄C₅H)(Me)CH₂CH=CHC(R)(R')NH- containing a six-membered ring framework...
February 9, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208626/2-o-methyl-rna-ethylene-bridged-nucleic-acid-chimera-antisense-oligonucleotides-to-induce-dystrophin-exon-45-skipping
#9
REVIEW
Tomoko Lee, Hiroyuki Awano, Mariko Yagi, Masaaki Matsumoto, Nobuaki Watanabe, Ryoya Goda, Makoto Koizumi, Yasuhiro Takeshima, Masafumi Matsuo
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a fatal muscle-wasting disease characterized by dystrophin deficiency from mutations in the dystrophin gene. Antisense oligonucleotide (AO)-mediated exon skipping targets restoration of the dystrophin reading frame to allow production of an internally deleted dystrophin protein with functional benefit for DMD patients who have out-of-frame deletions. After accelerated US approval of eteplirsen (Exondys 51), which targets dystrophin exon 51 for skipping, efforts are now focused on targeting other exons...
February 10, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208414/jump-transition-observed-in-translocation-time-for-ideal-poly-x-proteinogenic-chains-as-a-result-of-competing-folding-and-anchoraging-contributions
#10
José Antonio Vélez-Pérez, Luis Olivares-Quiroz
In this work we analyze the translocation of homopolymer chains poly-X, where X represents any of the 20 naturally occurring amino acid residues, in terms of size N and single-helical propensity ω. We provide an analytical framework to calculate both the free energy F of translocation and the translocation time τ as a function of chain size N, energies U and ε of the unfolded and folded states, respectively. Our results show that free energy F has a characteristic bell-shaped barrier as function of the percentage of monomers translocated...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208260/simultaneous-enhancement-of-bioactivity-and-stability-of-laccase-by-cu-2-paa-ppega-matrix-for-efficient-biosensing-and-recyclable-decontamination-of-pyrocatechol
#11
Tao Chen, Yuanhong Xu, Zhi Peng, Aihua Li, Jingquan Liu
Simultaneously enhancing the catalytic bioactivity and stability of enzyme is still an intractable issue in the enzymatic study. Herein, a facile and effective approach was designed to immobilize and modify laccase on a Cu(2+)-adsorbed pyrene-terminated block copolymer [poly(acrylic acid)/poly(poly(ethylene glycol) acrylate)] (PAA/PPEGA), which was prepared via well-controlled reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. PAA provided the supporting matrix for firm immobilization of Cu(2+), an enzyme bioactivity inducer, onto the microstructure of laccase, while avoiding any contamination of the heavy metal Cu(2+) into the following application system...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208093/oxidative-transformation-of-artificial-sweetener-acesulfame-by-permanganate-reaction-kinetics-transformation-products-and-pathways-and-ecotoxicity
#12
Kai Yin, Fei Li, Ying Wang, Qunying He, Yongxiu Deng, Shuo Chen, Chengbin Liu
Acesulfame has attracted much attention due to its wide application, environmental persistence and potential safety risk of transformation products (TPs). Little information is known on acesulfame transformation in the presence of oxidants/disinfectants. The acesulfame oxidation by permanganate (Mn(VII)) in water under environmentally relevant conditions was systematically evaluated. The pH of water showed negligible influence in acesulfame oxidation. Inorganic ligand (pyrophosphate) exhibited insignificant effect whereas organic ligands (oxalate, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, and humic acid) exerted obvious suppression on acesulfame oxidation...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207270/intracellular-delivery-colloidally-stable-core-crosslinked-triblock-copolymer-micelles-with-glutathione-responsive-enhanced-drug-release-for-cancer-therapy
#13
Jung Kwon Oh, Depannita Biswas, So Young An, Yijing Li, Xiangtao Wang
Design and development of amphiphilic block copolymer-based nanocarriers exhibiting enhanced colloidal stability upon dilution in the blood and cellular glutathione-responsive rapid drug release is highly desired for tumor-targeting chemotherapy. Herein, we report a novel ABA-type triblock copolymer consisting of a hydrophilic central poly(ethylene glycol) block and two terminal hydrophobic blocks of a polymethacrylate having pendant disulfides (PHMssEt), thus PHMssEt-b-PEG-b-PHMssEt (ssTP). Aqueous self-assembly and following disulfide-exchange reaction of the resulting ssTP allows for formation of core-crosslinked micelles (CCMs) through the formation of new disulfide linkages, retaining enhanced colloidal stability in physiological condition and in the presence of proteins...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205621/cryogel-supported-stem-cell-factory-for-customized-sustained-release-of-bispecific-antibodies-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Roberta Aliperta, Petra B Welzel, Ralf Bergmann, Uwe Freudenberg, Nicole Berndt, Anja Feldmann, Claudia Arndt, Stefanie Koristka, Marcello Stanzione, Marc Cartellieri, Armin Ehninger, Gerhard Ehninger, Carsten Werner, Jens Pietzsch, Jörg Steinbach, Martin Bornhäuser, Michael P Bachmann
Combining stem cells with biomaterial scaffolds provides a promising strategy for the development of drug delivery systems. Here we propose an innovative immunotherapeutic organoid by housing human mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), gene-modified for the secretion of an anti-CD33-anti-CD3 bispecific antibody (bsAb), in a small biocompatible star-shaped poly(ethylene glycol)-heparin cryogel scaffold as a transplantable and low invasive therapeutic machinery for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The macroporous biohybrid cryogel platform displays effectiveness in supporting proliferation and survival of bsAb-releasing-MSCs overtime in vitro and in vivo, avoiding cell loss and ensuring a constant release of sustained and detectable levels of bsAb capable of triggering T-cell-mediated anti-tumor responses and a rapid regression of CD33(+) AML blasts...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205444/revisiting-the-corrosion-of-aluminum-current-collector-in-lithium-ion-batteries
#15
Tianyuan Ma, Gui-Liang Xu, Yan Li, Li Wang, Xiangming He, Jianming Zheng, Jun Liu, Mark H Engelhard, Peter Zapol, Larry A Curtiss, Jacob Jorne, Khalil Amine, Zonghai Chen
The corrosion of aluminum current collectors and the oxidation of solvents at a relatively high potential have been widely investigated with an aim to stabilize the electrochemical performance of lithium-ion batteries using such components. The corrosion behavior of aluminum current collectors was revisited using a home-build high-precision electrochemical measurement system, and the impact of electrolyte components and the surface protection layer on aluminum foil was systematically studied. The electrochemical results showed that the corrosion of aluminum foil was triggered by the electrochemical oxidation of solvent molecules, like ethylene carbonate, at a relative high potential...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203074/temperature-and-ph-sensitive-wearable-materials-for-monitoring-foot-ulcers
#16
Pietro Salvo, Nicola Calisi, Bernardo Melai, Valentina Dini, Clara Paoletti, Tommaso Lomonaco, Andrea Pucci, Fabio Di Francesco, Alberto Piaggesi, Marco Romanelli
Foot ulcers account for 15% of comorbidities associated with diabetes. Presently, no device allows the status of foot ulcers to be continuously monitored when patients are not hospitalized. In this study, we describe a temperature and a pH sensor capable of monitoring diabetic foot and venous leg ulcers developed in the frame of the seventh framework program European Union project SWAN-iCare (smart wearable and autonomous negative pressure device for wound monitoring and therapy). Temperature is measured by exploiting the variations in the electrical resistance of a nanocomposite consisting of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and poly(styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201919/new-insights-into-mechanistic-photoisomerization-of-ethylene-bridged-azobenzene-from-ab-initio-multiple-spawning-simulation
#17
Lihong Liu, Yating Wang, Qiu Fang
Ethylene-bridged azobenzene (br-AB) has aroused broad interests due to its unique photoswitching properties. Numerous dynamical simulations have been performed for the br-AB photoisomerization, which focused mainly on the conformational effect and the funnel role of minimum-energy conical intersection (MECI) on the mechanism. In the present work, we use the "full quantum" ab initio multiple spawning method to simulate the br-AB photoisomerization, which provides new insights into the mechanism. Upon irradiation of br-AB to the first excited singlet state (S1), most of the excess energies are trapped in the azo-moiety...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199342/meta-qtl-for-resistance-to-white-mold-in-common-bean
#18
Renato C C Vasconcellos, O Blessing Oraguzie, Alvaro Soler, Haidar Arkwazee, James R Myers, Juan J Ferreira, Qijian Song, Phil McClean, Phillip N Miklas
White mold, caused by the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary, is a major disease that limits common bean production and quality worldwide. The host-pathogen interaction is complex, with partial resistance in the host inherited as a quantitative trait with low to moderate heritability. Our objective was to identify meta-QTL conditioning partial resistance to white mold from individual QTL identified across multiple populations and environments. The physical positions for 37 individual QTL were identified across 14 recombinant inbred bi-parental populations (six new, three re-genotyped, and five from the literature)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199114/curcumin-loaded-blood-stable-polymeric-micelles-for-enhancing-therapeutic-effect-on-erythroleukemia
#19
Feirong Gong, Dan Chen, Xin Teng, Junhua Ge, Xianfeng Ning, Ya-Ling Shen, Jian Li, Shanfeng Wang
Curcumin has high potential in suppressing many types of cancer and overcoming multi-drug resistance in a multi-faceted manner by targeting diverse molecular targets. However, the rather low systemic bioavailability resulted from its extremely low aqueous solubility and rapid metabolism and excretion in vivo has hampered its application in cancer therapy. With the primary aim to increase the aqueous solubility of curcumin while retaining its stability in the blood circulation before it accesses the tumor site, here we report preparation of curcumin-loaded N-(tert-butoxycarbonyl)-L-phenylalanine end-capped methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-PCL-Phe(Boc)) micelles with high stability both in vitro and in vivo and anti-tumor efficacy...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198417/chilling-affects-phytohormone-and-post-embryonic-development-pathways-during-bud-break-and-fruit-set-in-apple-malus-domestica-borkh
#20
Gulshan Kumar, Khushboo Gupta, Shivalika Pathania, Mohit Kumar Swarnkar, Usha Kumari Rattan, Gagandeep Singh, Ram Kumar Sharma, Anil Kumar Singh
The availability of sufficient chilling during bud dormancy plays an important role in the subsequent yield and quality of apple fruit, whereas, insufficient chilling availability negatively impacts the apple production. The transcriptome profiling during bud dormancy release and initial fruit set under low and high chill conditions was performed using RNA-seq. The comparative high number of differentially expressed genes during bud break and fruit set under high chill condition indicates that chilling availability was associated with transcriptional reorganization...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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