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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821110/unraveling-the-reaction-mechanism-of-silver-ions-reduction-by-chitosan-from-so-far-neglected-spectroscopic-features
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Ana Patrícia Carapeto, Ana Maria Ferraria, Ana Maria Botelho do Rego
Metallic silver nanoparticles were synthesized in aqueous solution using chitosan, as both reducing and stabilizing agent, and AgNO3 as silver precursor aiming the production of solid ultra-thin films. A systematic characterization of the resulting system as a function of the initial concentrations was performed. The combination of UV-vis absorption - and its quantitative analysis - with X-ray photoelectron spectra, light scattering measurements and atomic force microscopy allowed obtaining a rational picture of silver reduction mechanism through the identification of the nature of the formed reduced/oxidized species...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820744/simulation-of-morphologically-structured-photo-thermal-neural-stimulation
#2
Y Weissler, N Farah, S Shoham
OBJECTIVE: Rational design of next-generation techniques for photo-thermal excitation requires the development of tools capable of modeling the effects of spatially- and temporally-dependent temperature distribution on cellular neuronal structures. APPROACH: We present a new computer simulation tool for predicting the effects of arbitrary spatiotemporally-structured photo-thermal stimulation on 3D, morphologically realistic neurons. The new simulation tool is based on interfacing two generic platforms, NEURON and MATLAB and is therefore suited for capturing different kinds of stimuli and neural models...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820588/exploiting-and-understanding-the-selectivity-in-nhc-based-ru-metathesis-catalysts-for-the-ethenolysis-of-cyclic-olefins-to-%C3%AE-%C3%AF-dienes
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Pascal S Engl, Celine B Santiago, Christopher P Gordon, Wei-Chih Liao, Alexey Fedorov, Christophe Copéret, Matthew S Sigman, Antonio Togni
A library of 29 homologous Ru-based olefin metathesis catalysts has been tested for ethenolysis of cyclic olefins towards the goal of selectively forming α,ω-diene using cis-cyclooctene as a prototypical substrate. Dissymmetry at the N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligand was identified as a key parameter for controlling the selectivity. The best-performing catalyst bearing an N-CF3 group significantly outperformed the benchmark second-generation Grubbs catalyst in the ethenolysis of cis-cycloctene. Application of this optimal catalyst to the ethenolysis of various norbornenes allows the efficient synthesis of valuable diene intermediates in good yields...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820572/on-the-functionality-selection-principle-for-high-voltage-lithium-ion-battery-electrolyte-additives
#4
Chi-Cheung Su, Meinan He, Cameron Peebles, Li Zeng, Adam Tornheim, Chen Liao, Lu Zhang, Jie Wang, Yan Wang, Zhengcheng Zhang
A new class of electrolyte additives based on cyclic fluorinated phosphate esters was rationally desgined and identified as being able to stabilize the surface of LiNi0.5Mn0.3Co0.2O2 (NMC532) cathode when cycled at potentials higher than 4.6 V vs. Li+/Li. Cyclic fluorinated phosphates were designed to incorporate functionalities of various existing additives to maximize their utilization. The synthesis and characterization of these new additives are described and their electrochemical performance in a NMC532/graphite cell cycled between 4...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820255/discovery-of-a-potent-inhibitor-class-with-high-selectivity-towards-clostridial-collagenases
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Esther Schönauer, Andreas Martin Kany, Jörg Haupenthal, Kristina Hüsecken, Isabel Josephin Hoppe, Katrin Voos, Samir Yahiaoui, Brigitta Elsässer, Christian Ducho, Hans Brandstetter, Rolf W Hartmann
Secreted virulence factors like bacterial collagenases are conceptually attractive targets for fighting microbial infections. However, previous attempts to develop potent compounds against these metalloproteases failed to achieve selectivity against human metalloproteases such as MMPs. Using an SPR-based screening complemented with enzyme inhibition assays, we discovered an N-aryl mercaptoacetamide-based inhibitor scaffold that showed submicromolar affinities towards collagenase H (ColH) from the human pathogen Clostridium histolyticum...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820248/modulating-wettability-of-layered-materials-by-controlling-ligand-polar-headgroup-dynamics
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Terry A Villarreal, Shane R Russell, Jae Jin Bang, Justin K Patterson, Shelley A Claridge
Integrating functionalized 2D materials into multilayer device architectures increasingly requires understanding the behavior of noncovalently adsorbed ligands during solution processing. Here, we demonstrate that the headgroup dynamics of polymerized monolayers of functional alkanes can be controlled to modify surface wetting and environmental interactions. We find that headgroup dynamics are sensitive to the position of the polymerizable diyne group; thus, the polymerization process, typically used to stabilize the noncovalent monolayer, can also be used to selectively destabilize chain-chain interactions near the headgroups, making the headgroups more solvent-accessible and increasing surface hydrophilicity...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819925/the-behavioural-ecology-of-irrational-behaviours
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Philippe Huneman, Johannes Martens
Natural selection is often envisaged as the ultimate cause of the apparent rationality exhibited by organisms in their specific habitat. Given the equivalence between selection and rationality as maximizing processes, one would indeed expect organisms to implement rational decision-makers. Yet, many violations of the clauses of rationality have been witnessed in various species such as starlings, hummingbirds, amoebas and honeybees. This paper attempts to interpret such discrepancies between economic rationality (defined by the main axioms of rational choice theory) and biological rationality (defined by natural selection)...
August 17, 2017: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819699/cudc-907-a-dual-hdac-and-pi3k-inhibitor-reverses-platinum-drug-resistance
#8
Kenneth K W To, Li-Wu Fu
Platinum (Pt)-based anticancer drugs are the mainstay of treatment for solid cancers. However, resistance to Pt drugs develops rapidly, which can be caused by overexpression of multidrug resistance transporters and activation of DNA repair. CUDC-907 is a potent molecular targeted anticancer agent, rationally designed to simultaneously inhibit histone deacetylase (HDAC) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K). We investigated the potentiation effect of CUDC-907 on Pt drugs in resistant cancer cells. ABCC2 stably-transfected HEK293 cells and two pairs of parental and Pt-resistant cancer cell lines were used to test for the circumvention of resistance by CUDC-907...
August 17, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819559/growth-inhibitory-efficacy-of-natural-products-in-a-model-for-triple-negative-molecular-subtype-of-clinical-breast-cancer
#9
Nitin Telang
Global gene expression profiling identifies predictive and prognostic biomarkers and rationalizes breast cancer subtype-targeted treatment. The Anthracyclin/Taxol and survival pathway specific small molecular inhibitors, constitute current treatment options. These options are associated with acquired tumor resistance and emergence of drug-resistant cancer stem cells. Dietary supplements and constitutive bioactive phytochemicals with relatively low systemic toxicity may provide testable alternatives for current therapy...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819397/iron-chelators-and-exogenic-photosensitizers-synergy-through-oxidative-stress-gene-expression
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Anna Mrozek-Wilczkiewicz, Katarzyna Malarz, Marzena Rams-Baron, Maciej Serda, Daniela Bauer, Franz-Peter Montforts, Alicja Ratuszna, Thomas Burley, Jaroslaw Polanski, Robert Musiol
In non-invasive anticancer photodynamic therapy (PDT), a nontoxic photosensitizer (PS), which is activated by visible light, is used as a magic bullet that selectively destroys cancer cells. Recently, we described the combined therapy of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA-PDT) with thiosemicarbazone (TSC), i.e. an iron-chelating agent. This resulted in a strong synergistic effect. Herein, we investigated a novel strategy using a combination of PDT consist of the xenobiotic-porphyrin type PS with TSC. We observed a synergistic effect for all of the pairs of TSC-PS...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819261/modified-vaccinia-virus-ankara-preferentially-targets-antigen-presenting-cells-in-vitro-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo
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Arwen F Altenburg, Carolien E van de Sandt, Bobby W S Li, Ronan J MacLoughlin, Ron A M Fouchier, Geert van Amerongen, Asisa Volz, Rudi W Hendriks, Rik L de Swart, Gerd Sutter, Guus F Rimmelzwaan, Rory D de Vries
Modified Vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) is a promising vaccine vector with an excellent safety profile. However, despite extensive pre-clinical and clinical testing, surprisingly little is known about the cellular tropism of MVA, especially in relevant animal species. Here, we performed in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo experiments with recombinant MVA expressing green fluorescent protein (rMVA-GFP). In both human peripheral blood mononuclear cells and mouse lung explants, rMVA-GFP predominantly infected antigen presenting cells...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819247/delta-inulin-based-adjuvants-promote-the-generation-of-polyfunctional-cd4-t-cell-responses-and-protection-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
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Claudio Counoupas, Rachel Pinto, Gayathri Nagalingam, Warwick J Britton, Nikolai Petrovsky, James A Triccas
There is an urgent need for the rational design of safe and effective vaccines to protect against chronic bacterial pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Advax™ is a novel adjuvant based on delta inulin microparticles that enhances immunity with a minimal inflammatory profile and has entered human trials to protect against viral pathogens. In this report we determined if Advax displays broad applicability against important human pathogens by assessing protective immunity against infection with M. tuberculosis...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818724/enzyme-sensitive-smart-inulin-dehydropeptide-conjugate-self-assembles-into-nanostructures-useful-for-targeted-delivery-of-ornidazole
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Kriti Shivhare, Charu Garg, Ayushi Priyam, Alka Gupta, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Pradeep Kumar
Molecular self-assembly of biodegradable amphiphilic polymers allows rational design of biocompatible nanomaterials for drug delivery. Use of substituted polysaccharides for such applications offers the ease of design and synthesis, and provides higher biofunctionality and biocompatibility to nanomaterials. The present work focuses on the synthesis, characterization and potential biomedical applications of self-assembled polysaccharide-based materials. We demonstrated that the synthesized amphiphilic inulin self-assembled in aqueous medium into nanostructures with average size in the range of 146-486nm and encapsulated hydrophobic therapeutic molecule, ornidazole...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818619/lymph-node-targeting-strategies-to-improve-vaccination-efficacy
#14
Hao Jiang, Qin Wang, Xun Sun
With the rapid development of nanotechnology as well as growing interest in immunotherapy, a great number of vaccine delivery vehicles have been explored in order to elicit potent adaptive immune responses against various infections or tumors. Recent studies have shown that targeting vaccine to antigen-presenting cells (APCs) within lymph nodes is an effective strategy for improving antigen-specific adaptive immune response. However, the characteristics of vaccine vehicles, such as size, surface charge and the degree of PEGylation, affect lymph node transfer and subsequent APC uptake, leading to different levels of immune responses...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818575/beta-lactam-resistance-among-haemophilus-influenzae-isolates-in-poland
#15
Marlena Kiedrowska, Alicja Kuch, Dorota Żabicka, Izabela Waśko, Patrycja Ronkiewicz, Katarzyna Wasiak, Katarzyna Bojarska, Waleria Hryniewicz, Anna Skoczyńska
OBJECTIVES: Haemophilus influenzae is a human-specific Gram-negative coccobacillus responsible for a significant number of respiratory tract infections and severe invasive infections such as meningitis and sepsis. The purpose of the study was to characterize the mechanisms of β-lactam resistance among Polish H. influenzae isolates and to evaluate the methods applied. METHODS: The study was conducted on 117 Polish H. influenzae isolates collected in 2012. Minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) were assessed by the broth microdilution method...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818459/a-novel-delocalized-lipophilic-cation-chlorambucil-conjugate-inhibits-p-glycoprotein-in-hepg2-adm-cells
#16
Teng Liu, Yongbo Peng, Xiong Li, Lian Liu, Fang Liu, Leye He
Multidrug resistance (MDR) limits the application of a large number of cancer-fighting agents in clinical therapy. One reason is that P-glycoprotein (Pgp) efflux pumps are usually overexpressed and lead to drug efflux in the cancer cells, which limits the viability of many chemotherapeutics. Current available inhibitors which block the Pgp pump efflux are usually not widely used in clinical practice, because they change other drug pharmacokinetic profiles or increase side effects. Here, through covalent linkage of cancer-targeting delocalized lipophilic cation FF and DNA-damaging drug nitrogen mustard chlorambucil (CLB), we rationally designed and synthesized a tumor-targeting anticancer agent FFCLB...
August 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818449/rational-design-synthesis-and-preliminary-antitumor-activity-evaluation-of-a-chlorambucil-derivative-with-potent-dna-hdac-dual-targeting-inhibitory-activity
#17
Rui Xie, Yan Li, Pingwah Tang, Qipeng Yuan
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) play a pivotal role not only in gene expression but also in DNA repair. Herein, we report the successful design, synthesis and evaluation of a chlorambucil derivative named vorambucil with a hydroxamic acid tail as a DNA/HDAC dual-targeting inhibitor. Vorambucil obtained both potent DNA and HDACs inhibitory activities. Molecular docking results supported the initial pharmacophoric hypothesis and rationalized the potent inhibitory activity of vorambucil against HDAC1, HDAC2 and HDAC6...
August 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818234/the-dutch-lymphedema-guidelines-based-on-the-international-classification-of-functioning-disability-and-health-and-the-chronic-care-model
#18
Robert J Damstra, Anne-Berth Halk
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive condition due to an imbalance between lymphatic filtration and transport capacity. A relative overload of fluid is caused by lymphatic impairment (afterload impairment); an absolute overload is caused by increased filtration (preload raised). Lymphedema can result in considerable disability and loss of quality of life. The Dutch Society of Dermatology organized a task force to create guidelines using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818065/case-reports-of-two-pedigrees-with-recessive-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-homozygous-thr335ala-variant-in-dsg2
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Sami Qadri, Olli Anttonen, Juho Viikilä, Eija H Seppälä, Samuel Myllykangas, Tero-Pekka Alastalo, Miia Holmström, Tiina Heliö, Juha W Koskenvuo
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is an inherited cardiac disease, involving changes in ventricular myocardial tissue and leading to fatal arrhythmias. Mutations in desmosomal genes are thought to be the main cause of ARVC. However, the exact molecular genetic etiology of the disease still remains largely inconclusive, and this along with large variabilities in clinical manifestations complicate clinical diagnostics. CASE PRESENTATION: We report two families (n = 20) in which a desmoglein-2 (DSG2) missense variant c...
August 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817804/structural-mechanism-for-modulation-of-synaptic-neuroligin-neurexin-signaling-by-mdga-proteins
#20
Jonathan Elegheert, Vedrana Cvetkovska, Amber J Clayton, Christina Heroven, Kristel M Vennekens, Samuel N Smukowski, Michael C Regan, Wanyi Jia, Alexandra C Smith, Hiro Furukawa, Jeffrey N Savas, Joris de Wit, Jo Begbie, Ann Marie Craig, A Radu Aricescu
Neuroligin-neurexin (NL-NRX) complexes are fundamental synaptic organizers in the central nervous system. An accurate spatial and temporal control of NL-NRX signaling is crucial to balance excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission, and perturbations are linked with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. MDGA proteins bind NLs and control their function and interaction with NRXs via unknown mechanisms. Here, we report crystal structures of MDGA1, the NL1-MDGA1 complex, and a spliced NL1 isoform. Two large, multi-domain MDGA molecules fold into rigid triangular structures, cradling a dimeric NL to prevent NRX binding...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
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