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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346456/sub-10-nm-patterning-via-directed-self-assembly-of-block-copolymer-films-with-a-vapour-phase-deposited-topcoat
#1
Hyo Seon Suh, Do Han Kim, Priya Moni, Shisheng Xiong, Leonidas E Ocola, Nestor J Zaluzec, Karen K Gleason, Paul F Nealey
Directed self-assembly (DSA) of the domain structure in block copolymer (BCP) thin films is a promising approach for sub-10-nm surface patterning. DSA requires the control of interfacial properties on both interfaces of a BCP film to induce the formation of domains that traverse the entire film with a perpendicular orientation. Here we show a methodology to control the interfacial properties of BCP films that uses a polymer topcoat deposited by initiated chemical vapour deposition (iCVD). The iCVD topcoat forms a crosslinked network that grafts to and immobilizes BCP chains to create an interface that is equally attractive to both blocks of the underlying copolymer...
March 27, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346450/structural-modeling-of-protein-rna-complexes-using-crosslinking-of-segmentally-isotope-labeled-rna-and-ms-ms
#2
Georg Dorn, Alexander Leitner, Julien Boudet, Sébastien Campagne, Christine von Schroetter, Ahmed Moursy, Ruedi Aebersold, Frédéric H-T Allain
Ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) are key regulators of cellular function. We established an efficient approach, crosslinking of segmentally isotope-labeled RNA and tandem mass spectrometry (CLIR-MS/MS), to localize protein-RNA interactions simultaneously at amino acid and nucleotide resolution. The approach was tested on polypyrimidine tract binding protein 1 and U1 small nuclear RNP. Our method provides distance restraints to support integrative atomic-scale structural modeling and to gain mechanistic insights into RNP-regulated processes...
March 27, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346356/microinjection-of-antibodies-targeting-the-lamin-a-c-histone-binding-site-blocks-mitotic-entry-and-reveals-separate-chromatin-interactions-with-hp1-cenpb-and-pml
#3
Charles R Dixon, Melpomeni Platani, Alexandr A Makarov, Eric C Schirmer
Lamins form a scaffold lining the nucleus that binds chromatin and contributes to spatial genome organization; however, due to the many other functions of lamins, studies knocking out or altering the lamin polymer cannot clearly distinguish between direct and indirect effects. To overcome this obstacle, we specifically targeted the mapped histone-binding site of A/C lamins by microinjecting antibodies specific to this region predicting that this would make the genome more mobile. No increase in chromatin mobility was observed; however, interestingly, injected cells failed to go through mitosis, while control antibody-injected cells did...
March 25, 2017: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345889/ape1-accelerates-turnover-of-hogg1-by-preventing-retrograde-binding-to-the-abasic-site-product
#4
Alexandre Esadze, Gaddiel Rodriguez, Shannen Lee Cravens, James T Stivers
A major product of oxidative DNA damage is 8-oxoguanine. In humans, 8-oxoguanine DNA Glycosylase (hOGG1) facilitates removal of these lesions, producing an abasic (AP) site in the DNA that is subsequently incised by AP-endonuclease 1 (APE1). APE1 stimulates turnover of several glycosylases by accelerating rate-limiting product release. However, there have been conflicting accounts of whether hOGG1 follows a similar mechanism. In pre-steady state kinetic measurements, we found that addition of APE1 had no effect on the rapid burst phase of 8-oxoguanine excision by hOGG1, but accelerated steady-state turnover (kcat) by ~10-fold...
March 27, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345222/zein-films-with-unoxidized-or-oxidized-tannic-acid
#5
Talita M Santos, Men de Sá M Souza Filho, Celli R Muniz, João Paulo S Morais, Lloyd Ryan Viana Kotzebue, André Luís Sousa Pereira, Henriette M C Azeredo
BACKGROUND: Corn zein is a predominatly hydrophobic protein, forming films with relatively good water resistance. Tannic acid, especially in its oxidized form, is supposed to crosslink proteins including zein, which may be explored to further enhance the water resistance of zein films. The effects of different contents (0-8 wt%) of unoxidized and oxidized tannic acid (uTA and oTA respectively) on the properties of zein films at different pH values (4-9) were studied, according to central composite designs...
March 26, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343005/development-of-a-uv-crosslinked-biodegradable-hydrogel-containing-adipose-derived-stem-cells-to-promote-vascularization-for-skin-wounds-and-tissue-engineering
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Gozde Eke, Naside Mangir, Nesrin Hasirci, Sheila MacNeil, Vasif Hasirci
The aim of this study was to design a dermal substitute containing adipose derived stem cells (ADSC) that can be used to improve the regeneration of skin on difficult wound beds by stimulating rapid neovascularization. This was achieved by first synthesizing methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) and methacrylated hyaluronic acid (HAMA) precursors which could be stored at -80 (o)C after lyophilisation. Polymer precursors were then dissolved in media (in 15:1 ratio), ADSCs added together with the photoinitiator and crosslinked with 40 s of UV...
March 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342376/label-free-silicon-nanodots-featured-ratiometric-fluorescent-aptasensor-for-lysosomal-imaging-and-ph-measurement
#7
Yanan Zhang, Shan Guo, Shibo Cheng, Xinghu Ji, Zhike He
The homeostasis of lysosomal pH is crucial in cell physiology. Developing small fluorescent nanosensors for lysosome imaging and ratiometric measurement of pH is highly demanded yet challenging. Herein, a pH-sensitive fluorescein tagged aptamer AS1411 has been utilized to covalently modify the label-free fluorescent silicon nanodots via a crosslinker for construction of a ratiometric pH biosensor. The established aptasensor exhibits the advantages of ultrasmall size, hypotoxicity, excellent pH reversibility and good photostability, which favors its application in an intracellular environment...
March 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342325/development-of-a-rapid-matrix-digestion-technique-for-ultrastructural-analysis-of-elastic-fibers-in-the-intervertebral-disc
#8
Javad Tavakoli, John J Costi
Collagen and elastic fibers are two major fibrous constituents of the annulus fibrosus (AF) in the disc that contribute to its mechanical and viscoelastic properties. It was thought that elastic fibers play no substantial role in the function and properties of the disc as these fibers were irregularly distributed. Studies that have revealed highly organized elastic fibers with different regional orientation and distribution, while being strongly crosslinked with matrix, suggesting their contribution to disc structure-function properties...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341606/safety-and-efficacy-of-sequential-intracorneal-ring-segment-implantation-and-crosslinking-in-pediatric-keratoconus
#9
Youssef Abdelmassih, Sylvain El-Khoury, Ali Dirani, Rafic Antonios, Ali Fadlallah, Carole G Cherfan, Elias Chelala, Elias F Jarade
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and visual outcome of intracorneal ring segment (ICRS) implantation followed by crosslinking in pediatric keratoconus patients. DESIGN: Retrospective interventional case series METHODS: This retrospective study included pediatric patients (≤14 years) with keratoconus and poor corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) that underwent ICRS implantation and crosslinking (CXL). ICRS were inserted under topical anesthesia after creating a corneal tunnel with an Intralase femtosecond laser...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341379/the-rapid-adsorption-microbial-reduction-of-perchlorate-from-aqueous-solution-by-novel-amine-crosslinked-magnetic-biopolymer-resin
#10
Wen Song, Baoyu Gao, Hailan Wang, Xing Xu, Moxi Xue, Minchao Zha, Bo Gong
The aim of this work was to study the adsorption characters of resin, microbial reduction of perchlorate and combined process of perchlorate removal in aqueous solution. Study demonstrated the adsorption equilibrium was achieved in 120min, which based on ion exchange reaction. Dissolved perchlorate (100mg/L) can be completely removed by acclimated anaerobic sludge in 15h, and the concentrated perchlorate (∼200mg/g) on the surface of resin would be effectively microbial reduced after 3days. Neutral environment (pH=7...
March 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340746/a-novel-sensitive-amperometric-choline-biosensor-based-on-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-and-gold-nanoparticles
#11
Hend Samy Magar, Mariana Emilia Ghica, Mohammed Nooredeen Abbas, Christopher M A Brett
A novel amperometric biosensor for choline determination has been developed, exploiting the electrocatalytic properties of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and gold nanoparticles (GNP). Chitosan (Chit), a natural biocompatible polymer, was used to disperse CNT, then Chit-MWCNT was dropped on the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE), followed by GNP; finally, choline oxidase (ChOx) was immobilized by glutaraldehyde crosslinking. The ChOx/(GNP)4/MWCNT/GCE exhibited linear response to choline from 3 to 120µM, the sensitivity was 204µAcm(-2)mM(-1) and the detection limit was 0...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339183/tunable-porosity-of-crosslinked-polyhedral-oligomeric-silsesquioxane-poss-supports-for-palladium-catalyzed-aerobic-alcohol-oxidation-in-water
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Preeyanuch Sangtrirutnugul, Thanawat Chaiprasert, Warodom Hunsiri, Thanudkit Jitjaroendee, Patsaya Songkhum, Kritapas Laohhasurayotin, Tanakorn Osotchan, Vuthichai Ervithayasuporn
Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based materials, poly-POSS-Tn [n = 8 (1), 10 (2), 12 (3), and mix (4)], were prepared in high yields via free radical polymerization of corresponding pure forms of methacrylate-functionalized POSS monomers, MMA-POSS-Tn (n = 8, 10, 12), and the mixture form, MMA-POSS-Tmix. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra and BET analysis indicate that 1-4 are amorphous materials with high surface areas (683-839 m2•g-1). The surface areas and total pore volumes follow the trend: poly-POSS-T12 > poly-POSS-T10 > poly-POSS-Tmix > poly-POSS-T8...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338973/inflammation-autoimmunity-and-hypertension-the-essential-role-of-tissue-transglutaminase
#13
Chen Liu, Rodney E Kellems, Yang Xia
Inflammatory cytokines cause hypertension when introduced into animals. Additional evidence indicates that cytokines induce the production of autoantibodies that activate the AT1 angiotensin receptor (AT1R). Extensive evidence shows that these autoantibodies, termed AT1-AA, contribute to hypertension. We review here recent studies showing that cytokine-induced hypertension and AT1-AA production require the ubiquitous enzyme, tissue transglutaminase (TG2). We consider 3 mechanisms by which TG2 may contribute to hypertension...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338415/hyaluronic-acid-hydrogel-functionalized-with-self-assembled-micelles-of-amphiphilic-pegylated-kartogenin-for-the-treatment-of-osteoarthritis
#14
Mi-Lan Kang, Se-Young Jeong, Gun-Il Im
Synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) containing a covalently integrated drug is capable of releasing therapeutic molecules and is an attractive candidate for the intra-articular treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). Herein, self-assembled PEGylated kartogenin (PEG/KGN) micelles consisting of hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) and hydrophobic KGN, which has been shown to induce chondrogenesis in human mesenchymal stem cells, were prepared by covalent crosslinking. HA hydrogels containing PEG/KGN micelles (HA/PEG/KGN) were prepared by covalently bonding PEG chains to HA...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338321/thiol-reactive-star-polymers-display-enhanced-association-with-distinct-human-blood-components
#15
Joshua Julian Glass, Yang Li, Robert De Rose, Angus P R Johnston, Ewa I Czuba, Song Yang Khor, John F Quinn, Michael R Whittaker, Thomas P Davis, Stephen J Kent
Directing nanoparticles to specific cell types using non-antibody based methods is of increasing interest. Thiol-reactive nanoparticles can enhance the efficiency of cargo delivery into specific cells through interactions with cell surface proteins. However, studies to date using this technique have been largely limited to immortalized cell lines or rodents and the utility of this technology on primary human cells is unknown. Herein, we used RAFT polymerization to prepare pyridyl disulphide (PDS)-functionalized star polymers with a methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol) brush corona and a fluorescently-labelled crosslinked core using an arm-first method...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337859/self-healable-suparmolecular-hydrogel-formed-by-nor-seco-cucurbit-10-uril-as-a-supramolecular-crosslinker
#16
Kyeng Min Park, Joon Ho Roh, Gihyun Sung, James Murray, Kimoon Kim
A supramolecular hydrogel was formed by a simple mixing of solutions of nor-seco-cucurbit[10]uril (NS-CB[10]) and adamantylamine terminated-4 armed polyethyleneglyol (AdA-4-arm-PEG). In the formation of the hydrogel, NS-CB[10] acted as a noncovalent crosslinker to form a ternary complex with two AdA moieties. The dynamic and selective nature of the host-guest interaction between NS-CB[10] and AdA enabled the supramolecular hydrogel to rapidly recover its physical properties after it was damaged. In addition, the recovered hydrogel showed sustained physical properties with negligible differences from those of the pristine material, even after multiple self-healing cycles...
March 24, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337057/accelerated-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-in-pediatric-keratoconus-one-year-study
#17
Amani E Badawi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of accelerated corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) in pediatric keratoconus. DESIGN: Prospective non-randomized observational study. METHODS: 33 eyes of 25 children with keratoconus were included. The corneal epithelium was mechanically removed. Next, riboflavin/hydroxypropyl methylcellulose solution) was applied for 10 min. Accelerated CXL (10 mW/cm(2) for 9 min), was accomplished. Visual acuity, slit lamp examination, refraction, keratometry readings, pachymetry, anterior and posterior elevations, average progression indices, and Q values were recorded...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336542/seten-a-tool-for-systematic-identification-and-comparison-of-processes-phenotypes-and-diseases-associated-with-rna-binding-proteins-from-condition-specific-clip-seq-profiles
#18
Gungor Budak, Rajneesh Srivastava, Sarath Chandra Janga
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) control the regulation of gene expression in eukaryotic genomes at post-transcriptional level by binding to their cognate RNAs. Although several variants of CLIP (crosslinking and immunoprecipitation) protocols are currently available to study the global protein-RNA interaction landscape at single nucleotide resolution in a cell, currently there are very few tools which can facilitate understanding and dissecting the functional associations of RBPs from the resulting binding maps...
March 23, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336222/evaluation-of-the-shifting-of-the-line-of-sight-and-higher-order-aberrations-of-eyes-with-keratoconus-after-corneal-cross-linking
#19
Pinar Kosekahya, Mustafa Koc, Kemal Tekin, Murat Uzel, Cemile Ucgul Atilgan, Mehtap Caglayan, Pelin Yilmazbas
AIM: To evaluate changes in the coordinates of the line of sight (LoS) and higher order aberrations (HOAs) of eyes with keratoconus, following corneal cross-linking (CXL). METHODS: All patients (93 eyes) underwent detailed ophthalmologic examination and Pentacam HR measurements at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months after corneal CXL. LoS coordinates on the horizontal (x) and vertical (y) axes, vertical coma, vertical trefoil, spherical aberration, total root-mean square (RMS), and HOA-RMS values were recorded along with visual acuity and topographical parameters...
March 20, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336149/the-acl-injury-response-a-collagen-based-analysis
#20
Joshua S Everhart, John H Sojka, Christopher C Kaeding, Alicia L Bertone, David C Flanigan
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries do not effectively heal. Tendon graft tissue after reconstruction shows rapid tissue turnover and 'ligamentization.' It is unknown whether native torn ACL tissue undergoes significant collagen turnover after injury or is arrested by the intraarticular environment. It is also unknown whether injury mechanism or chronicity affect torn ligament tissue turnover. METHODS: Thirty-three mid-substance ACL biopsies were obtained during primary arthroscopic ACL reconstruction (n=31; nine contact injuries, 22 non-contact injuries, 22 males, 11 females; mean age 28...
March 20, 2017: Knee
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