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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102964/plasmonic-chirality-imprinting-on-nucleobase-displaying-supramolecular-nanohelices-by-metal-nucleobase-recognition
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Yiyang Lin, E Thomas Pashuck, Michael R Thomas, Nadav Amdursky, Shih-Ting Wang, Lesley W Chow, Molly M Stevens
Supramolecular self-assembly is an important process that enables the conception of complex structures mimicking biological motifs. Herein, we constructed helical fibrils through chiral self-assembly of nucleobase-peptide conjugates (NPCs), where achiral nucleobases are helically displayed on the surface of fibrils, comparable to polymerized nucleic acids. Selective binding between DNA and the NPC fibrils was observed with fluorescence polarization. Taking advantage of metal-nucleobase recognition, we highlight the possibility of deposition/assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles onto the fibrillar constructs...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102692/de-novo-assembly-of-highly-substituted-morpholines-and-piperazines
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Pravin Patil, Rudrakshula Madhavachary, Katarzyna Kurpiewska, Justyna Kalinowska-Tłuścik, Alexander Dömling
The morpholine and piperazine with their remarkable physical and biochemical properties are popular heterocycles in organic and medicinal chemistry used in rational property design. However, in the majority of cases these rings are added to an existing molecule in a building block approach thus limiting their substitution pattern and diversity. Here we introduce a versatile de novo synthesis of the morpholine and piperazine rings using multicomponent reaction chemistry. The large scale amenable building blocks can be further substituted at up to four positions, making this a very versatile scaffold synthesis strategy...
January 19, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102302/fractional-lattice-charge-transport
#3
Sergej Flach, Ramaz Khomeriki
We consider the dynamics of noninteracting quantum particles on a square lattice in the presence of a magnetic flux α and a dc electric field E oriented along the lattice diagonal. In general, the adiabatic dynamics will be characterized by Bloch oscillations in the electrical field direction and dispersive ballistic transport in the perpendicular direction. For rational values of α and a corresponding discrete set of values of E(α) vanishing gaps in the spectrum induce a fractionalization of the charge in the perpendicular direction - while left movers are still performing dispersive ballistic transport, the complementary fraction of right movers is propagating in a dispersionless relativistic manner in the opposite direction...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102254/rational-design-of-reconfigurable-prismatic-architected-materials
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Johannes T B Overvelde, James C Weaver, Chuck Hoberman, Katia Bertoldi
Advances in fabrication technologies are enabling the production of architected materials with unprecedented properties. Most such materials are characterized by a fixed geometry, but in the design of some materials it is possible to incorporate internal mechanisms capable of reconfiguring their spatial architecture, and in this way to enable tunable functionality. Inspired by the structural diversity and foldability of the prismatic geometries that can be constructed using the snapology origami technique, here we introduce a robust design strategy based on space-filling tessellations of polyhedra to create three-dimensional reconfigurable materials comprising a periodic assembly of rigid plates and elastic hinges...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101986/size-dependent-activity-of-palladium-nanoparticles-pd-nps-efficient-conversion-of-co2-into-formate-at-low-overpotentials
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Motiar Rahaman, Abhijit Dutta, Peter Broekmann
We report a remarkable size-dependent activity of palladium nanoparticles towards formate production at very low overpotentials (-0.1 V to -0.5 V vs RHE). Size-selective Pd-NPs have been chemically synthesized in the range from 3.8nm to 10.7nm. Electrochemical CO₂ reduction reaction was carried out in aqueous 0.5M NaHCO₃ solution. The Faradaic efficiency of formate production (FE/formate) exceeds more than 86% at E = -0.1 V vs RHE on 3.8nm Pd-NPs whereas on 6.5 nm Pd-NPs an even higher FEformate of 98% is observed...
January 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101873/biomaterials-made-from-coiled-coil-peptides
#6
Vincent Conticello, Spencer Hughes, Charles Modlin
The development of biomaterials designed for specific applications is an important objective in personalized medicine. While the breadth and prominence of biomaterials have increased exponentially over the past decades, critical challenges remain to be addressed, particularly in the development of biomaterials that exhibit highly specific functions. These functional properties are often encoded within the molecular structure of the component molecules. Proteins, as a consequence of their structural specificity, represent useful substrates for the construction of functional biomaterials through rational design...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101871/recombinant-structural-proteins-and-their-use-in-future-materials
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Tara D Sutherland, Trevor D Rapson, Mickey G Huson, Jeffrey S Church
Recombinant proteins are polymers that offer the materials engineer absolute control over chain length and composition: key attributes required for design of advanced polymeric materials. Through this control, these polymers can be encoded to contain information that enables them to respond as the environment changes. However, despite their promise, protein-based materials are under-represented in materials science. In this chapter we investigate why this is and describe recent efforts to address this. We discuss constraints limiting rational design of structural proteins for advanced materials; advantages and disadvantages of different recombinant expression platforms; and, methods to fabricate proteins into solid-state materials...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101860/the-structure-and-topology-of-%C3%AE-helical-coiled-coils
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Andrei N Lupas, Jens Bassler, Stanislaw Dunin-Horkawicz
α-Helical coiled coils constitute one of the most diverse folds yet described. They range in length over two orders of magnitude; they form rods, segmented ropes, barrels, funnels, sheets, spirals, and rings, which encompass anywhere from two to more than 20 helices in parallel or antiparallel orientation; they assume different helix crossing angles, degrees of supercoiling, and packing geometries. This structural diversity supports a wide range of biological functions, allowing them to form mechanically rigid structures, provide levers for molecular motors, project domains across large distances, mediate oligomerization, transduce conformational changes and facilitate the transport of other molecules...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101858/coiled-coil-design-updated-and-upgraded
#9
Derek N Woolfson
α-Helical coiled coils are ubiquitous protein-folding and protein-interaction domains in which two or more α-helical chains come together to form bundles. Through a combination of bioinformatics analysis of many thousands of natural coiled-coil sequences and structures, plus empirical protein engineering and design studies, there is now a deep understanding of the sequence-to-structure relationships for this class of protein architecture. This has led to considerable success in rational design and what might be termed in biro de novo design of simple coiled coils, which include homo- and hetero-meric parallel dimers, trimers and tetramers...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101792/medical-management-of-diabesity-do-we-have-realistic-targets
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REVIEW
Joseph M Pappachan, Ananth K Viswanath
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The global prevalence of "diabesity"-diabetes related to obesity-is increasing steadily over the past few decades because of the obesity epidemic. Although bariatric surgery is an effective treatment option for patients with diabesity, its limited availability, invasiveness, relatively high costs and the potential for surgical and postsurgical complications restrict its widespread use. Therefore, medical management is the only option for a majority of patients with diabesity...
January 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101696/role-of-the-helix-in-talin-f3-domain-f3-helix-in-talin-mediated-integrin-activation
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Ang Li, Qiang Guo, Ailin Wei, Yaliang Zhou, Weiming Hu
Increases in ligand binding to cellular integrins (activation) play an important role in platelet and leukocyte function. Talin is necessary in vivo and sufficient in vitro for integrin αIIbβ3 activation. The precise mechanisms by which talin activates integrin are still being elucidated. In particular, talin undergoes conformational changes (around the F3 helix) and inserts the F3 helix into lipid bilayer; however, the connection between this lipid-inserting mechanism of talin and talin's capacity to activate integrin has never been explored before...
January 18, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101455/pharmaceutical-cocrystals-regulatory-and-strategic-aspects-design-and-development
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REVIEW
Dipak Dilip Gadade, Sanjay Sudhakar Pekamwar
Cocrystal is a concept of the supramolecular chemistry which is gaining the extensive interest of researchers from pharmaceutical and chemical sciences and of drug regulatory agencies. The prominent reason of which is its ability to modify physicochemical properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients. During the development of the pharmaceutical product, formulators have to optimize the physicochemical properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Pharmaceutical cocrystals can be employed to improve vital physicochemical characteristics of a drug, including solubility, dissolution, bioavailability and stability of pharmaceutical compounds while maintaining its therapeutic activity...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101264/ripped-from-the-headlines-using-current-events-and-deliberative-democracy-to-improve-student-performance-in-and-perceptions-of-nonmajors-biology-courses
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Heather N Tinsley
Despite the importance of scientific literacy, many foundational science courses are plagued by low student engagement and performance. In an attempt to improve student outcomes, an introductory biology course for nonscience majors was redesigned to present the course content within the framework of current events and deliberative democratic exercises. During each instructional unit of the redesigned course, students were presented with a highly publicized policy question rooted in biological principles and currently facing lawmakers...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101156/clinical-and-microbiological-profile-of-babies-born-with-risk-of-neonatal-sepsis
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Bin Zhou, Xiao Liu, Jie-Bin Wu, Bao Jin, Yan-Yan Zhang
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of antibiotics on the condition of babies born with risk of neonatal sepsis. From March, 2014 to February, 2015, 200 neonates born with risk factors of septicemia in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Xuzhou Central Hospital, were enrolled in the present study. Venous blood samples were collected within 6 h of birth using aseptic technique. Part of the blood specimens were cultured using BACTEC PEDS PLUS/F Culture Vials. Subsequently, the subcultures were prepared from each presumptive positive vial and bacterial isolates were identified...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100853/antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-properties-of-bioactive-phytochemicals-from-cranberry
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Monika Baranowska, Agnieszka Bartoszek
In the rational human diet, the important role of fruits and vegetables, which are a source of bioactive phytochemicals, is emphasized. Among fruits particular attention, due to a number of documented health-promoting properties, is focused on cranberry. This fruit is characterized by the high content of antioxidant phenolic compounds, which may support the natural antioxidant defense system of the body in the prevention of damage caused by oxidative stress induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Therefore, cranberry is suggested for the prevention of civilization diseases such as atherosclerosis, hypertension and cancer, whose etiology is associated directly with oxidative stress...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100244/is-aclidinium-alone-or-combined-with-a-laba-a-rational-choice-for-symptomatic-copd-patients
#16
REVIEW
F Blasi, G W Canonica, M Miravitlles
BACKGROUND: As emphasized by international recommendations and largely confirmed by clinical experience, long-acting bronchodilators play a central role in the maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to their proven efficacy in reducing airflow obstruction and improving symptoms. MAIN BODY: There are some important aspects to define with regard to inhalation therapy for COPD, particularly those concerning the selection criteria and the optimal use of long-acting bronchodilators...
January 18, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099802/stabilization-of-giant-fullerenes-c2-41-c90-d3-85-c92-c1-132-c94-c2-157-c96-and-c1-175-c98-by-encapsulation-of-a-large-la2c2-cluster-the-importance-of-cluster-cage-matching
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Shasha Zhao, Pei Zhao, Wenting Cai, Lipiao Bao, Muqing Chen, Yunpeng Xie, Xiang Zhao, Xing Lu
Successful isolation and unambiguous crystallographic assignment of a series of higher carbide cluster metallofullerenes present new insights into the molecular structures and cluster-cage interactions of endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFe). These new species are identified as: La2C2@C2(41)-C90, La2C2@D3(85)-C92, La2C2@C1(132)-C94, La2C2@C2(157)-C96 and La2C2@C1(175)-C98, respectively. This is the first report for these new cage structures except D3(85)-C92. Our experimental and theoretical results demonstrate that La2C92-106 are more inclined to exist stably in the carbide form La2C2@C90-104 rather than as the dimetallofullerenes La2@C92-106 which are rationalized by considering a synergistic effect of inserting a C2-unit into the cage which ensures strong metal-cage interactions by partially neutralizing the charges from the metal ions and by fulfilling the coordination requirement of the La3+ ions as much as possible, finally unraveling the mystery of the formation mechanism of giant fullerenes...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099666/access-to-medicines-in-brazil-based-on-monetary-and-non-monetary-acquisition-data-obtained-from-the-2008-2009-household-budget-survey
#18
Fernanda Caroline Silva Goes, Mauricio Homem-de-Mello, Eloisa Dutra Caldas
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the access to medicines by Brazilian families by monetary and non-monetary acquisition data. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study based on data obtained from the 2008/2009 Brazilian Household Budget Survey. The units of assessment were households that participated in the survey and the data on the acquisition of medicines over the 30 days prior to the interviews. The medicines were classified according to the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification system...
December 22, 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099644/use-of-biomarkers-in-pediatric-sepsis-literature-review
#19
Vanessa Soares Lanziotti, Pedro Póvoa, Márcio Soares, José Roberto Lapa E Silva, Arnaldo Prata Barbosa, Jorge Ibrain Figueira Salluh
Despite advances in recent years, sepsis is still a leading cause of hospitalization and mortality in infants and children. The presence of biomarkers during the response to an infectious insult makes it possible to use such biomarkers in screening, diagnosis, prognosis (risk stratification), monitoring of therapeutic response, and rational use of antibiotics (for example, the determination of adequate treatment length). Studies of biomarkers in sepsis in children are still relatively scarce. This review addresses the use of biomarkers in sepsis in pediatric patients with emphasis on C-reactive protein, procalcitonin, interleukins 6, 8, and 18, human neutrophil gelatinase, and proadrenomedullin...
October 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099492/priming-cross-protective-bovine-viral-diarrhea-virus-specific-immunity-using-live-vectored-mosaic-antigens
#20
Shehnaz Lokhandwala, Xin Fang, Suryakant D Waghela, Jocelyn Bray, Leo M Njongmeta, Andy Herring, Karim W Abdelsalam, Christopher Chase, Waithaka Mwangi
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) plays a key role in bovine respiratory disease complex, which can lead to pneumonia, diarrhea and death of calves. Current vaccines are not very effective due, in part, to immunosuppressive traits and failure to induce broad protection. There are diverse BVDV strains and thus, current vaccines contain representative genotype 1 and 2 viruses (BVDV-1 & 2) to broaden coverage. BVDV modified live virus (MLV) vaccines are superior to killed virus vaccines, but they are susceptible to neutralization and complement-mediated destruction triggered by passively acquired antibodies, thus limiting their efficacy...
2017: PloS One
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