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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098454/high-sensitive-wearable-textile-based-humidity-sensor-made-of-high-strength-single-walled-carbon-nanotube-swcnt-poly-vinyl-alcohol-pva-filaments
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Gengheng Zhou, Joon-Hyung Byun, Youngseok Oh, Byung-Mun Jung, Hwa-Jin Cha, Dong Gi Seong, Moon-Kwang Um, Sangil Hyun, Tsu-Wei Chou
Textile-based humidity sensors can be an important component of smart wearable electronic-textiles and have potential applications in the management of wounds, bed-wetting, and skin pathologies or for microclimate control in clothing. Here, we report a wearable textile-based humidity sensor for the first time using high strength (~750 MPa) and ultra-tough (energy-to-break, 4300 J g-1) SWCNT/PVA filaments via a wet-spinning process. The conductive SWCNT networks in the filaments can be modulated by adjusting the intertube distance by swelling the PVA molecular chains via the absorption of water molecules...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098445/circular-and-chainlike-copper-ii-lanthanide-iii-complexes-generated-by-assembly-reactions-of-racemic-and-chiral-copper-ii-cross-linking-ligand-complexes-with-ln-iii-no3-3%C3%A2-6h2o-ln-iii-gd-iii-tb-iii-dy-iii
#2
Takahiro Ueno, Takeshi Fujinami, Naohide Matsumoto, Masaki Furusawa, Ryo Irie, Nazzareno Re, Takuya Kanetomo, Takayuki Ishida, Yukinari Sunatsuki
The 1:1 assembly reaction of the racemic form of the cross-linking ligand complex Na[Cu(II)L(dpen(1R2R/1S2S))] with Ln(III)(NO3)3·6H2O gave the centrosymmetric circular (Cu(II)Ln(III))2 complex [Cu(II)L(dpen(1R2R/1S2S))Ln(III)(NO3)2]2 (1Ln: Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy), while the reaction of the enantiopure form Na[Cu(II)L(dpen(1R2R))] with Ln(III)(NO3)3·6H2O gave the chiral chainlike (Cu(II)Ln(III))1∞ complex [Cu(II)L(dpen(1R2R))Ln(III)(NO3)2(CH3CN)]1∞·CH3CN (2Ln: Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy), where {Cu(II)L(dpen(1R2R))}(-) is (N-((1R,2R)-2-(((E)-3-ethoxy-2-oxybenzylidene)amino)-1,2-diphenylethyl)-2-oxybenzamide)copper(II) and {Cu(II)L(dpen(1R2R/1S2S))}(-) is the racemic mixture of {Cu(II)L(dpen(1R2R))}(-) and {Cu(II)L(dpen(1S2S))}(-)...
January 18, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098301/optical-dna-mapping-in-nanofluidic-devices-principles-and-applications
#3
Vilhelm Müller, Fredrik Westerlund
Optical DNA mapping has over the last decade emerged as a very powerful tool for obtaining long range sequence information from single DNA molecules. In optical DNA mapping, intact large single DNA molecules are labeled, stretched out, and imaged using a fluorescence microscope. This means that sequence information ranging over hundreds of kilobasepairs (kbp) can be obtained in one single image. Nanochannels offer homogeneous and efficient stretching of DNA that is crucial to maximize the information that can be obtained from optical DNA maps...
January 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098282/b40-cluster-stability-reactivity-and-its-planar-structural-precursor
#4
Yang Yang, Zhuhua Zhang, Evgeni S Penev, Boris I Yakobson
We report a comprehensive first-principles study of the structural and chemical properties of the recently discovered B40 cage. It is found to be highly reactive and can exothermically dimerize, regardless of the orientation, by overcoming a small energy barrier ≃0.06 eV. The energy gap of the system varies widely with the aggregation of the increasing number of B40 cages, from 3.14 eV in a single B40, to 1.54 eV in the dimer, to 1.25 eV in the trimer. We also explore a recipe for protecting the B40 cage by sheathing it within a carbon shell and identify carbon nanotubes with a radius of ∼6 Å as optimal hosts for an isolated cage...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098202/superresolution-imaging-of-clinical-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-breast-cancer-with-single-molecule-localization-microscopy
#5
Matthew K Creech, Jing Wang, Xiaolin Nan, Summer L Gibbs
Millions of archived formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens contain valuable molecular insight into healthy and diseased states persevered in their native ultrastructure. To diagnose and treat diseases in tissue on the nanoscopic scale, pathology traditionally employs electron microscopy (EM), but this platform has significant limitations including cost and painstaking sample preparation. The invention of single molecule localization microscopy (SMLM) optically overcame the diffraction limit of light to resolve fluorescently labeled molecules on the nanoscale, leading to many exciting biological discoveries...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097059/the-complete-chloroplast-genome-sequence-of-an-endemic-monotypic-genus-hagenia-rosaceae-structural-comparative-analysis-gene-content-and-microsatellite-detection
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Andrew W Gichira, Zhizhong Li, Josphat K Saina, Zhicheng Long, Guangwan Hu, Robert W Gituru, Qingfeng Wang, Jinming Chen
Hagenia is an endangered monotypic genus endemic to the topical mountains of Africa. The only species, Hagenia abyssinica (Bruce) J.F. Gmel, is an important medicinal plant producing bioactive compounds that have been traditionally used by African communities as a remedy for gastrointestinal ailments in both humans and animals. Complete chloroplast genomes have been applied in resolving phylogenetic relationships within plant families. We employed high-throughput sequencing technologies to determine the complete chloroplast genome sequence of H...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097000/biased-small-molecule-ligands-for-selective-inhibition-of-hiv-1-cell-entry-via-ccr5
#7
Christian Berg, Katja Spiess, Hans R Lüttichau, Mette M Rosenkilde
Since the discovery of HIV's use of CCR5 as the primary coreceptor in fusion, the focus on developing small-molecule receptor antagonists for inhibition hereof has only resulted in one single drug, Maraviroc. We therefore investigated the possibility of using small-molecule CCR5 agonists as HIV-1 fusion inhibitors. A virus-free cell-based fusion reporter assay, based on mixing "effector cells" (expressing HIV Env and luciferase activator) with "target cells" (expressing CD4, CCR5 wild type or a selection of well-described mutations, and luciferase reporter), was used as fusion readout...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096444/single-molecule-fret-rosetta-reveals-rna-structural-rearrangements-during-human-telomerase-catalysis
#8
Joseph W Parks, Kalli Kappel, Rhiju Das, Michael D Stone
Maintenance of telomeres by telomerase permits continuous proliferation of rapidly dividing cells, including the majority of human cancers. Despite its direct biomedical significance, the architecture of the human telomerase complex remains unknown. Generating homogeneous telomerase samples has presented a significant barrier to developing improved structural models. Here we pair single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) measurements with Rosetta modeling to map the conformations of the essential telomerase RNA core domain within the active ribonucleoprotein...
February 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096443/stem-loop-rna-labeling-can-affect-nuclear-and-cytoplasmic-mrna-processing
#9
Stephanie Heinrich, Corinne L Sidler, Claus M Azzalin, Karsten Weis
The binding of sequence-specific RNA-interacting proteins, such as the bacteriophage MS2 or PP7 coat proteins, to their corresponding target sequences has been extremely useful and widely used to visualize single mRNAs in vivo. However, introduction of MS2 stem-loops into yeast mRNAs has recently been shown to lead to the accumulation of RNA fragments, suggesting that the loops impair mRNA decay. This result was questioned, because fragment occurrence was mainly assessed using ensemble methods, and their cellular localization and its implications had not been addressed on a single transcript level...
February 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096424/%C3%AE-actinin-titin-interaction-a-dynamic-and-mechanically-stable-cluster-of-bonds-in-the-muscle-z-disk
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Marco Grison, Ulrich Merkel, Julius Kostan, Kristina Djinović-Carugo, Matthias Rief
Stable anchoring of titin within the muscle Z-disk is essential for preserving muscle integrity during passive stretching. One of the main candidates for anchoring titin in the Z-disk is the actin cross-linker α-actinin. The calmodulin-like domain of α-actinin binds to the Z-repeats of titin. However, the mechanical and kinetic properties of this important interaction are still unknown. Here, we use a dual-beam optical tweezers assay to study the mechanics of this interaction at the single-molecule level...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095895/genome-wide-snp-analysis-using-2b-rad-sequencing-identifies-the-candidate-genes-putatively-associated-with-resistance-to-ivermectin-in-haemonchus-contortus
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Xiaoping Luo, Xiaona Shi, Chunxiu Yuan, Min Ai, Cheng Ge, Min Hu, Xingang Feng, Xiaoye Yang
BACKGROUND: The excessive and uncontrolled use of anthelmintics, e.g. ivermectin (IVM) for the treatment of livestock parasites has led to widespread resistance in gastrointestinal nematodes, such as Haemonchus contortus. There is an urgent need for better management of drug-use in nematode control and development of novel anthelmintics. Discovery and identification of anthelmintic resistance-associate molecules/markers can provide a basis for rational anthelmintics-use and development of novel drugs...
January 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095647/new-generation-mass-spectrometry-expands-the-toolbox-of-cell-and-developmental-biology
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REVIEW
Camille Lombard-Banek, Erika P Portero, Rosemary M Onjiko, Peter Nemes
Systems cell biology understanding of development requires characterization of all the molecules produced in the biological system. Decades of research and new-generation sequencing provided functional information on key genes and transcripts. However, there is less information available on how differential gene expression translates into the domains of functionally important proteins, peptides, and metabolites, and how changes in these molecules impact development. Mass spectrometry (MS) is the current technology of choice for the detection and quantification of large numbers of proteins and metabolites, because it requires no use of antibodies, functional probes, or a priori knowledge of molecules produced in the system...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095483/association-between-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-gene-variants-and-sicam1-levels-in-taiwanese
#13
Semon Wu, Ming-Sheng Teng, Leay-Kiaw Er, Wan-Yi Hsiao, Lung-An Hsu, Ching-Hua Yeh, Jeng-Feng Lin, Yi-Ying Lin, Cheng-Wen Su, Yu-Lin Ko
Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM1) is crucial to the development and progression of atherosclerosis. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revealed that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in two of the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway genes, NFKBIK and RELA, are associated with soluble ICAM1 (sICAM1) levels. However, neither of these two gene variants is found in the Asian populations. This study aimed to elucidate whether other candidate gene variants involved in the NF-κB pathway may be associated with sICAM1 levels in Taiwanese...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095176/a-flexible-workflow-for-automated-bioluminescent-kinase-selectivity-profiling
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Tracy Worzella, Matt Butzler, Jacquelyn Hennek, Seth Hanson, Laura Simdon, Said Goueli, Cris Cowan, Hicham Zegzouti
Kinase profiling during drug discovery is a necessary process to confirm inhibitor selectivity and assess off-target activities. However, cost and logistical limitations prevent profiling activities from being performed in-house. We describe the development of an automated and flexible kinase profiling workflow that combines ready-to-use kinase enzymes and substrates in convenient eight-tube strips, a bench-top liquid handling device, ADP-Glo Kinase Assay (Promega, Madison, WI) technology to quantify enzyme activity, and a multimode detection instrument...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Laboratory Automation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094995/photoluminescence-probing-of-complex-h2o-adsorption-on-ingan-gan-nanowires
#15
Konrad Maier, Andreas Helwig, Gerhard Muller, Pascal Hille, Jörg Teubert, Martin Eickhoff
We demonstrate that the complex adsorption behavior of H2O on InGaN/GaN nanowire arrays is directly revealed by their ambient-dependent photoluminescence properties. Under low-humidity, ambient-temperature, and low-excitation-light conditions, H2O adsorbates cause a quenching of the photoluminescence. In contrast, for high humidity levels, elevated temperature, and high excitation intensity, H2O adsorbates act as efficient photoluminescence enhancers. We show that this behavior, which can only be detected due to the low operation temperature of the InGaN/GaN nanowires, can be explained on the basis of single H2O adsorbates forming surface recombination centers and multiple H2O adsorbates forming surface passivation layers...
January 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094913/inhibition-of-pax2-transcription-activation-with-a-small-molecule-that-targets-the-dna-binding-domain
#16
Edward Grimley, Chenzhong Liao, Egon J Ranghini, Zaneta Nikolovska-Coleska, Gregory R Dressler
The Pax gene family encodes DNA binding transcription factors that control critical steps in embryonic development and differentiation of specific cell lineages. Often, Pax proteins are re-expressed or ectopically expressed in cancer and other diseases of abnormal proliferation, making them attractive targets for tissue specific inhibition by small molecules. In this report, we used a homology model of the Pax2 paired domain and a virtual screen to identify small molecules that can inhibit binding of the paired domain to DNA and Pax2 mediated transcription activation...
January 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094505/self-assembly-and-disassembly-of-amphiphilic-zwitterionic-perylenediimide-vesicles-for-cell-membrane-imaging
#17
Yong Ye, Yang Zheng, Chendong Ji, Jie Shen, Meizhen Yin
Animal cells have complicated dynamics of cell membrane structures which require desirable dyes to in vivo imaging. Here, an asymmetric amphiphilic zwitterionic perylenediimide (ZP) has been constructed by introducing an octyl chain and a zwitterionic head to each imide position of perylenediimide chromophore. ZP can self-assemble into vesicles in aqueous solution. The aggregated ZP vesicles have been explored to image cell inner or surface membrane structures by controlled disassembly process. The ZP vesicles, when are uptaken into cells, disassemble into single molecules and incorporate into cell inner membranes...
January 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094402/mesoporous-carbon-nanoshells-for-high-hydrophobic-drug-loading-multimodal-optical-imaging-controlled-drug-release-and-synergistic-therapy
#18
Hui Wang, Kui Wang, Qingxin Mu, Zachary R Stephen, Yanyan Yu, Shuiqin Zhou, Miqin Zhang
Loading and controlled release of sufficient hydrophobic drugs to tumor cells has been the bottleneck in chemotherapy for decades. Herein we report the development of a fluorescent and mesoporous carbon nanoshell (FMP-CNS) that exhibits a loading capacity for the hydrophobic drug paclitaxel (PTX) as high as ∼80 wt% and releases the drug in a controllable fashion under NIR irradiation (825 nm) at an intensity of 1.5 W cm(-2). The high drug loading is primarily attributed to its mesoporous structure and to the supramolecular π-stacking between FMP-CNSs and PTX molecules...
January 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094382/the-supercoiling-state-of-dna-determines-the-handedness-of-both-h3-and-cenp-a-nucleosomes
#19
R Vlijm, S H Kim, P L De Zwart, Y Dalal, C Dekker
Nucleosomes form the unit structure of the genome in eukaryotes, thereby constituting a fundamental tenet of chromatin biology. In canonical nucleosomes, DNA wraps around the histone octamer in a left-handed toroidal ramp. Here, in single-molecule magnetic tweezers studies of chaperone-assisted nucleosome assembly, we show that the handedness of the DNA wrapping around the nucleosome core is intrinsically ambidextrous, and depends on the pre-assembly supercoiling state of the DNA, i.e., it is not uniquely determined by the octameric histone core...
January 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092942/advances-in-structural-and-single-molecule-methods-for-investigating-dna-lesion-bypass-and-repair-polymerases
#20
Austin T Raper, Andrew J Reed, Varun V Gadkari, Zucai Suo
Innovative advances in X-ray crystallography and single-molecule biophysics have yielded unprecedented insight into the mechanisms of DNA lesion bypass and damage repair. Time-dependent X-ray crystallography has been successfully applied to view the bypass of 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanine (8-oxoG), a major oxidative DNA lesion, and the incorporation of the triphosphate form, 8-oxo-dGTP, catalyzed by human DNA polymerase β. Significant findings of these studies are highlighted here, and their contributions to the current mechanistic understanding of mutagenic translesion DNA synthesis (TLS) and base excision repair are discussed...
January 17, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
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