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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927003/expanding-the-applicability-of-poly-ionic-liquids-in-solid-phase-microextraction-pyrrolidinium-coatings
#1
David J S Patinha, Liliana C Tomé, Mehmet Isik, David Mecerreyes, Armando J D Silvestre, Isabel M Marrucho
Crosslinked pyrrolidinium-based poly(ionic liquids) (Pyrr-PILs) were synthesized through a fast, simple, and solventless photopolymerization scheme, and tested as solid phase microextraction (SPME) sorbents. A series of Pyrr-PILs bearing three different alkyl side chain lengths with two, eight, and fourteen carbons was prepared, characterized, and homogeneously coated on a steel wire by using a very simple procedure. The resulting coatings showed a high thermal stability, with decomposition temperatures above 350 °C, excellent film stability, and lifetime of over 100 injections...
September 18, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926823/preparation-characterization-and-application-of-urease-nanoparticles-for-construction-of-an-improved-potentiometric-urea-biosensor
#2
Seema Jakhar, C S Pundir
The nanoparticles (NPs) aggregates of commercial urease from jack beans (Canavalia ensiformis) were prepared by desolvation and glutaraldehyde crosslinking and functionalized by cysteamine dihydrochloride. These enzyme nanoparticles (ENPs) were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The TEM images of urease NPs showed their size in the range, 18-100nm with an average of 51.2nm. The ENPs were more active and stable with a longer shelf life than native enzyme molecules...
September 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926693/hyper-crosslinking-mediated-self-assembly-strategy-to-synthesize-hollow-microporous-organic-nanospheres
#3
Zidong He, Minghong Zhou, Tianqi Wang, Yang Xu, Wei Yu, Buying Shi, Kun Huang
Hollow microporous organic nanospheres (H-MONs) are prepared by using polylactide-b-polystyrene diblock copolymers (PLA-b-PS) as the precursor via a hyper-crosslinking mediated self-assembly strategy, in which hyper-crosslinking PS block forms the microporous organic shell frameworks and the degradable PLA block produces the hollow mesoporous core struc-ture. The formation mechanism, morphology and porosity parameters of the resulting H-MONs are systematically investi-gated. Moreover, based on the hyper-crosslinking generated rigid microporous organic frameworks, hollow microporous car-bon nanospheres (H-MCNs) can be achieved by the further pyrolysis progress...
September 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925592/defining-a-microrna-mrna-interaction-map-for-calcineurin-inhibitor-induced-nephrotoxicity
#4
Christopher J Benway, John Iacomini
Calcineurin inhibitors induce nephrotoxicity through poorly understood mechanisms thereby limiting their use in transplantation and other diseases. Here we define a microRNA (miRNA)-messenger RNA (mRNA) interaction map that facilitates exploration into the role of miRNAs in cyclosporine-induced nephrotoxicity (CIN) and the gene pathways they regulate. Using photoactivatable ribonucleoside-enhanced crosslinking and immunoprecipitation (PAR-CLIP), we isolated RNAs associated with Argonaute 2 in the RNA-Induced Silencing Complex (RISC) of cyclosporine A (CsA) treated and control human proximal tubule cells and identified mRNAs undergoing active targeting by miRNAs...
September 19, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924213/an-alternate-mode-of-oligomerization-for-e-coli-seca
#5
Aliakbar Khalili Yazdi, Grant C Vezina, Brian H Shilton
SecA is the ATPase of preprotein translocase. SecA is a dimer in solution and changes in its oligomeric state may function in preprotein translocation. The SecA-N68 construct, in which the C-terminal helical domains of SecA are deleted, was used to investigate the mechanism of SecA oligomerization. SecA-N68 is in equilibrium between monomers, dimers, and tetramers. Subunit interactions in the SecA-N68 tetramer are mediated entirely by unstructured regions at its N- and C-termini: when the termini are deleted to yield SecA-N68∆NC, the construct is completely monomeric...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922717/magnetic-nanoparticle-loaded-alginate-beads-for-local-micro-actuation-of-in-vitro-tissue-constructs
#6
Awatef M Alshehri, Otto C Wilson, Bishnu Dahal, John Philip, Xiaolong Luo, Christopher B Raub
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) self-align and transduce magnetic force, two properties which lead to promising applications in cell and tissue engineering. However, the toxicity of MNPs to cells which uptake them is a major impediment to applications in engineered tissue constructs. To address this problem, MNPs were embedded in millimeter-scale alginate beads, coated with glutaraldehyde cross-linked chitosan, and loaded in acellular and MDA-MB-231 cancer cell-seeded collagen hydrogels, providing local micro-actuation under an external magnetic field...
September 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922562/association-between-polymorphisms-in-microrna-target-sites-and-survival-in-early-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#7
Seung Soo Yoo, Mi Jeong Hong, Jang Hyuck Lee, Jin Eun Choi, Shin Yup Lee, Jaehee Lee, Seung Ick Cha, Chang Ho Kim, Yangki Seok, Eungbae Lee, Sukki Cho, Sanghoon Jheon, Jae Yong Park
A high-throughput mapping method of RNA-RNA interactions by crosslinking, ligation, and sequencing of hybrids (CLASH) can not only provide information about canonical but also non-canonical interactions. We evaluated the associations between variants in microRNA target sites using CLASH data and survival outcomes of 782 early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who underwent curative surgical resection. Among the 100 variants studied, two variants showed significant association with survival outcomes...
September 18, 2017: Thoracic Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921847/n-n-methylenebis-acrylamide-crosslinked-poly-acrylic-acid-particles-as-doxorubicin-carriers-a-comparison-between-release-behavior-of-physically-loaded-drug-and-conjugated-drug-via-acid-labile-hydrazone-linkage
#8
Seyedeh Mahnaz Modarresi-Saryazdi, Vahid Haddadi-Asl, Mehdi Salami-Kalajahi
N,N'-methylenebis(acrylamide) (MBA)-crosslinked poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) particles with low degree of crosslinking were synthesized using distillation precipitation polymerization (DPP). Size and size distribution of particles were obtained using DLS and FE-SEM and results showed that microspheres had a narrow size dispersity. (1) H NMR results indicated that amount of crosslinker in structure of particles is a little more than the molar percentage of feeded MBA due to greater activity ratio of MBA than AA...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920427/non-continuously-responding-polymeric-actuators
#9
Muhammad Farhan, Tobias Rudolph, Ulrich Nöchel, Wan Yan, Karl Kratz, Andreas Lendlein
Reversible movements of current polymeric actuators stem from the continuous response to signals from a controlling unit, and subsequently cannot be interrupted without stopping or eliminating the input trigger. Here, we present actuators based on crosslinked blends of two crystallizable polymers capable of pausing their movements in a defined manner upon continuous cyclic heating and cooling. This non-continuous actuation can be adjusted by varying the applied heating and cooling rates. The feasibility of these devices for technological applications was shown in a 140 cycle experiment of free-standing non-continuous shape shifts, as well as by various demonstrators...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919526/chemical-crosslinking-of-biopolymeric-scaffolds-current-knowledge-and-future-directions-of-crosslinked-engineered-bone-scaffolds
#10
REVIEW
Ahmad Oryan, Amir Kamali, Ali Moshiri, Hossien Baharvand, Hamed Daemi
Bone tissue scaffolds made from either natural or synthetic polymers are employed to promote bone healing. However, lack of sufficient or poor mechanical properties such as low integrity and stability reduces their medical applications. Crosslinking, defined as induction of chemical or physical links among polymer chains, is a simple method generally used to modify mechanical, biological and degradation properties of hydrogels. Although crosslinking through chemical reactions improves the mechanical properties of bone substitutes, most of the reagents used for this aim demonstrate undesirable effects and may exert toxic reactions...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919509/molecular-and-macro-scale-analysis-of-enzyme-crosslinked-silk-hydrogels-for-rational-biomaterial-design
#11
Meghan McGill, Jeannine M Coburn, Benjamin P Partlow, Xuan Mu, David L Kaplan
Silk fibroin-based hydrogels have exciting applications in tissue engineering and therapeutic molecule delivery; however, their utility is dependent on their diffusive properties. The present study describes a molecular and macro-scale investigation of enzymatically-crosslinked silk fibroin hydrogels, and demonstrates that these systems have tunable crosslink density and diffusivity. We developed a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectroscopy (LC-MS/MS) method to assess the quantity and order of covalent tyrosine crosslinks in the hydrogels...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919439/pih1p-tah1p-puts-a-lid-on-hexameric-aaa-atpases-rvb1-2p
#12
Shaoxiong Tian, Ge Yu, Huan He, Yu Zhao, Peilu Liu, Alan G Marshall, Borries Demeler, Scott M Stagg, Hong Li
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Sc) R2TP complex affords an Hsp90-mediated and nucleotide-driven chaperone activity to proteins of small ribonucleoprotein particles (snoRNPs). The current lack of structural information on the ScR2TP complex, however, prevents a mechanistic understanding of this biological process. We characterized the structure of the ScR2TP complex made up of two AAA+ ATPases, Rvb1/2p, and two Hsp90 binding proteins, Tah1p and Pih1p, and its interaction with the snoRNP protein Nop58p by a combination of analytical ultracentrifugation, isothermal titration calorimetry, chemical crosslinking, hydrogen-deuterium exchange, and cryoelectron microscopy methods...
August 24, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918914/analysis-of-genomes-and-transcriptomes-of-hepatocellular-carcinomas-identifies-mutations-and-gene-expression-changes-in-the-transforming-growth-factor-beta-pathway-short-title-prognostic-significance-of-tgf-%C3%AE-signature-in-liver-cancer
#13
Jian Chen, Sobia Zaidi, Shuyun Rao, Jiun-Sheng Chen, Liem Phan, Patrizia Farci, Xiaoping Su, Kirti Shetty, Jon White, Fausto Zamboni, Xifeng Wu, Asif Rashid, Nagarajan Pattabiraman, Raja Mazumder, Anelia Horvath, Ray-Chang Wu, Shulin Li, Cuiying Xiao, Chu-Xia Deng, David A Wheeler, Bibhuti Mishra, Rehan Akbani, Lopa Mishra
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is associated with alterations in the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) signaling pathway, which regulates liver inflammation and can have tumor suppressor or promoter activities. Little is known about the roles of specific members of this pathway at specific of HCC development. We took an integrated approach to identify and validate the effects of changes in this pathway in HCC and identify therapeutic targets. METHODS: We performed transcriptome analyses for a total of 488 HCCs that include data from The Cancer Genome Atlas...
September 14, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918091/opposed-effects-of-dityrosine-formation-in-soluble-and-aggregated-%C3%AE-synuclein-on-fibril-growth
#14
Michael M Wördehoff, Hamed Shaykhalishahi, Luca Groß, Lothar Gremer, Matthias Stoldt, Alexander K Buell, Dieter Willbold, Wolfgang Hoyer
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. It is characterized by aggregation of the protein α-synuclein (α-syn) in Lewy bodies, mitochondrial dysfunction, and increased oxidative stress in the substantia nigra. Oxidative stress leads to several modifications of biomolecules including dityrosine (DiY)-crosslinking in proteins, which has recently been detected in α-syn in Lewy bodies from PD patients. Here we report that α-syn is highly susceptible to UV-induced DiY formation...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918070/selective-solid-phase-extraction-based-on-molecularly-imprinted-technology-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-20-triazole-pesticides-in-cucumber-samples-using-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#15
Fengnian Zhao, Yongxin She, Chao Zhang, Xiaolin Cao, Shanshan Wang, Lufei Zheng, Maojun Jin, Hua Shao, Fen Jin, Jing Wang
A selective analytical method for the simultaneous determination of 20 triazole fungicides and plant growth regulators in cucumber samples was developed using solid-phase extraction with specific molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) as adsorbents. The MIPs were successfully prepared by precipitation polymerization using triadimefon as the template molecule, methacrylic acid as the functional monomer, trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate as the crosslinker, and acetonitrile as the porogen. The performance and recognition mechanism for both the MIPs and non-molecularly imprinted polymers were evaluated using adsorption isotherms and adsorption kinetics...
August 22, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917929/development-of-carboxymethyl-cellulose-chitosan-hybrid-micro-and-macroparticles-for-encapsulation-of-probiotic-bacteria
#16
P Singh, B Medronho, L Alves, G J da Silva, M G Miguel, B Lindman
Novel carboxymethyl cellulose-chitosan (CMC-Cht) hybrid micro- and macroparticles were successfully prepared in aqueous media either by drop-wise addition or via nozzle-spray methods. The systems were either physically or chemically crosslinked using genipin as the reticulation agent. The macroparticles (ca. 2mm) formed are found to be essentially of the core-shell type, while the microparticles (ca. 5μm) are apparently homogeneous. The crosslinked particles are robust, thermally resistant and less sensitive to pH changes...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917928/cell-interactive-alginate-chitosan-biopolymer-systems-with-tunable-mechanics-and-antibody-release-rates
#17
Nathan A Fletcher, Evelyn L Von Nieda, Melissa D Krebs
This work investigates techniques to produce biocompatible hydrogels with tunable stiffness without the addition of crosslinking agents or altering cell binding sites. Alginate and water-soluble chitosan salts were used to form polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs), where the storage and loss moduli could be increased by raising gelation temperatures. The largest change, a 6.5-fold increase in storage modulus, occurred when the crosslinking temperature was increased from 37 to 50°C while using chitosan with chlorine counterions...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917926/bioadhesive-and-biocompatible-films-as-wound-dressing-materials-based-on-a-novel-dendronized-chitosan-loaded-with-ciprofloxacin
#18
Mónica C García, Ana A Aldana, Luis I Tártara, Fabiana Alovero, Miriam C Strumia, Rubén H Manzo, Marisa Martinelli, Alvaro F Jimenez-Kairuz
The bioadhesive polymeric films as topical drug delivery systems are interesting alternatives to improve the pharmacotherapy and patient compliances. New derivate biomaterials based on weisocyanate- dendronized PVP- crosslinked chitosan and loaded with ciprofloxacin (CIP), as model drug, were used to prepare bioadhesive films. Relevant in vitro/in vivo attributes to define main physicochemical and biopharmaceutical characteristics for topical wound-healing applications were evaluated. A high proportion of CIP, uniformly dispersed along throughout the film, was loaded...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917911/injectable-glycosaminoglycan-protein-nano-complex-in-semi-interpenetrating-networks-a-biphasic-hydrogel-for-hyaline-cartilage-regeneration
#19
Janani Radhakrishnan, Anuradha Subramanian, Swaminathan Sethuraman
Articular hyaline cartilage regeneration remains challenging due to its less intrinsic reparability. The study develops injectable biphasic semi-interpenetrating polymer networks (SIPN) hydrogel impregnated with chondroitin sulfate (ChS) nanoparticles for functional cartilage restoration. ChS loaded zein nanoparticles (∼150nm) prepared by polyelectrolyte-protein complexation were interspersed into injectable SIPNs developed by blending alginate with poly(vinyl alcohol) and calcium crosslinking. The hydrogel exhibited interconnected porous microstructure (39...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917901/polysaccharides-based-injectable-hydrogel-compositing-bio-glass-for-cranial-bone-repair
#20
Xiao Bai, Shaoyu Lü, Haidi Liu, Zhen Cao, Piao Ning, Zengqiang Wang, Chunmei Gao, Boli Ni, Dongyang Ma, Mingzhu Liu
Bone disease is a public health problem around the word, and it is urgent to develop novel tissue engineering scaffolds for the complicated cranial bone regeneration. The present work developed a novel triple crosslinked polysaccharides based injectable hydrogel to composite bio-glass (BG) for cranial bone repair. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed the storage modulus (G') of the hydrogel reached to ∼4000Pa. While after compositing BG, G' exceeded 4500Pa. The degradation behavior of the hydrogel is influenced by hydrogel composition, crosslinking methods and degradation environment...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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