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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792806/fate-of-fluorescence-labels-their-adsorption-and-desorption-kinetics-to-silver-nanoparticles
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Claudia Kästner, Linda Böhmert, Albert Braeuning, Alfonso Lampen, Andreas F Thünemann
Silver nanoparticles are among the most widely used und produced nanoparticles. Due to their frequent application in consumer products, the assessment of their toxicological potential has seen a renewed importance. A major difficulty is the traceability of nanoparticles in in vitro and in vivo experiments. Even if the particles are labeled, for example by a fluorescent marker, the dynamic exchange of ligands often prohibits their spatial localization. Our study provides an insight into the adsorption and desorption kinetics of two different fluorescent labels on silver nanoparticles with a core radius of 3 nm by dynamic light scattering (DLS), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and fluorescence spectroscopy...
May 24, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792664/tricolor-white-light-emitting-carbon-dots-with-multiple-cores-shell-structure-for-wled-application
#2
Tianyi Zhang, Feifei Zhao, Li Li, Bin Qi, Dongxia Zhu, Jianhua Lü, Changli Lü
The past few years have witnessed the rapid development of carbon dots (CDs) due to their outstanding optical properties and a wide range of applications. However, the design and control of CDs with long-wavelength and multicolor emission are still huge challenges to be addressed for their practical use in different fields. Here, novel nitrogen doped multiple-cores@shell structured CDs with tricolor emissions of red, green and blue were constructed via one pot hydrothermal method from citric acid (CA) and 5-amino-1,10-phenanthroline (Aphen) as reactants and the growth process of CDs was monitored with the reaction time in the synthetic system...
May 24, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791874/fabrication-of-electrospun-poly-vinyl-alcohol-dextran-nanofibers-via-emulsion-process-as-drug-delivery-system-kinetics-and-in-vitro-release-study
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A Meera Moydeen, M Syed Ali Padusha, Eman F Aboelfetoh, Salem S Al-Deyab, Mohamed H El-Newehy
A green method was used for the fabrication of coaxial nanofibers for use in biomedical applications. Coaxial nanofiber mats were fabricated by emulsion electrospinning from poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and Dextran sulfate (Dex) blends loaded with ciprofloxacin (Cipro) as a model drug dissolved in edible oil. The ratio of the PVA/Dex mixture was optimized and nanofibers were stabilized against disintegration in water by thermal treatment at 120 °C. The morphology of the prepared nanofibers was observed by scanning electron microscopy and the structure of the core-shell nanofibers was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy...
May 20, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791841/functional-genomic-screening-reveals-core-modulators-of-echinocandin-stress-responses-in-candida-albicans
#4
Tavia Caplan, Elizabeth J Polvi, Jinglin L Xie, Shoshana Buckhalter, Michelle D Leach, Nicole Robbins, Leah E Cowen
Candida albicans is a leading cause of death due to fungal infection. Treatment of systemic candidiasis often relies on echinocandins, which disrupt cell wall synthesis. Resistance is readily acquired via mutations in the drug target gene, FKS1. Both basal tolerance and resistance to echinocandins require cellular stress responses. We performed a systematic analysis of 3,030 C. albicans mutants to define circuitry governing cellular responses to echinocandins. We identified 16 genes for which deletion or transcriptional repression enhanced echinocandin susceptibility, including components of the Pkc1-MAPK signaling cascade...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790597/stability-of-structurally-entangled-protein-dimers
#5
Yani Zhao, Marek Cieplak
We studied stretching, folding and thermodynamic properties of structurally entangled protein dimers. The tests for entanglement involve four-terminal pulling. We study the dynamics of such pulling and contrast it with the standard two-terminal one. The two-chain entanglement is qualitatively characterized by its entangled core, which is defined as the minimal structure that is entangled. The existence of the entangled cores is found to be affecting both the mechanical and folding properties of the proteins...
May 23, 2018: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789968/exploring-the-mechanistic-insights-of-cas-scaffolding-protein-family-member-4-with-protein-tyrosine-kinase-2-in-alzheimer-s-disease-by-evaluating-protein-interactions-through-molecular-docking-and-dynamic-simulations
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Mubashir Hassan, Saba Shahzadi, Hany Alashwal, Nazar Zaki, Sung-Yum Seo, Ahmed A Moustafa
Cas scaffolding protein family member 4 and protein tyrosine kinase 2 are signaling proteins, which are involved in neuritic plaques burden, neurofibrillary tangles, and disruption of synaptic connections in Alzheimer's disease. In the current study, a computational approach was employed to explore the active binding sites of Cas scaffolding protein family member 4 and protein tyrosine kinase 2 proteins and their significant role in the activation of downstream signaling pathways. Sequential and structural analyses were performed on Cas scaffolding protein family member 4 and protein tyrosine kinase 2 to identify their core active binding sites...
May 22, 2018: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789820/structural-mechanisms-of-oligomer-and-amyloid-fibril-formation-by-the-prion-protein
#7
Ishita Sengupta, Jayant B Udgaonkar
Misfolding and aggregation of the prion protein is responsible for multiple neurodegenerative diseases. Works from several laboratories on folding of both the WT and multiple pathogenic mutant variants of the prion protein have identified several structurally dissimilar intermediates, which might be potential precursors to misfolding and aggregation. The misfolded aggregates themselves are morphologically distinct, critically dependent on the solution conditions under which they are prepared, but always β-sheet rich...
May 23, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787634/confined-ultrathin-pd-ce-nanowires-with-outstanding-moisture-and-so2-tolerance-in-methane-combustion
#8
Honggen Peng, Cheng Rao, Ning Zhang, Xiang Wang, Wenming Liu, Wenting Mao, Lu Han, Pengfei Zhang, Sheng Dai
Pd-CeOx solid solutions have demonstrated promising performance in industrial and environmental catalysis. However, challenges such as severe growth and aggregation of Pd and thermal-, vapor- or SO2-induced poisoning still obstruct their path toward real-world applica-tions. Herein we develop an efficient strategy (enhanced metal-oxide interaction and core-shell confinement to inhibit the sintering of noble metal) for design and synthesis of confined ultrathin Pd-CeOx nan-owire (2.4 nm) catalysts for methane combustion, which enable CH4 total oxidation at a low temperature of 350C, much lower than that (425C) of a commercial Pd/Al2O3 catalyst...
May 22, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786899/improved-stable-indocyanine-green-icg-mediated-cancer-optotheranostics-with-naturalized-hepatitis-b-core-particles
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Wenjun Shan, Ronghe Chen, Qiang Zhang, Jie Zhao, Binbin Chen, Xi Zhou, Shefang Ye, Shengli Bi, Liming Nie, Lei Ren
In recent years, hepatitis B core protein virus-like particle (HBc VLP) is an impressive biomaterial, which has attracted considerable attention due to favorable properties such as structural stability, high uptake efficiency, and biocompatibility in biomedical applications. Heretofore, only a few attempts have been made to apply it in physical, chemical, and biological therapy for cancer. In this study, a tumor-targeting RGD-HBc VLP is first fabricated through genetic engineering. For image-guided cancer phototherapy, indocyanine green (ICG) is loaded into RGD-HBc VLP via a disassembly/reassembly pathway and electrostatic attraction with high efficiency...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786722/an-urchin-like-mgco-2-o-4-ppy-core-shell-composite-grown-on-ni-foam-for-a-high-performance-all-solid-state-asymmetric-supercapacitor
#10
Haiwen Gao, Xiaohong Wang, Ganghu Wang, Chen Hao, Saisai Zhou, Chengxiang Huang
In recent years, the electrochemical properties of supercapacitors have been greatly improved due to continuous improvement in their composite materials. In this study, an urchin-like MgCo2O4@PPy/NF (MgCo2O4@polypyrrole/Ni foam) core-shell structure composite material was successfully developed as an electrode for supercapacitors. The MCP-2 composite material, obtained by a hydrothermal method and in situ chemical oxidative polymerization, shows a high specific capacitance of 1079.6 F g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1, which is much higher than that of MC (783...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786717/comparison-of-hydroxycarboxylato-imidazole-molybdenum-iv-complexes-and-nitrogenase-protein-structures-indirect-evidence-for-the-protonation-of-homocitrato-femo-cofactors
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Si-Yuan Wang, Wan-Ting Jin, Hong-Bin Chen, Zhao-Hui Zhou
Glycolato and R,S-lactato imidazole molybdenum(iv) complexes [Mo3SO3(glyc)2(im)5]·im·H2O (1), Na2[Mo3SO3(R,S-lact)3(im)3]·10H2O (2), and [Mo6O10(R,S-lact)2(im)10]·16H2O (3) have been isolated and characterized (H2glyc = glycolic acid, H2lact = lactic acid, im = imidazole). α-Alkoxy coordination with molybdenum [Mo-Oα-alkoxy 1.993(7)av Å] in 1 and 2 showed obvious differences to their counterpart with α-hydroxy coordination [MoIV3S4(PPh3)3(Hlact)2(lact)] [2.204(4)av Å] as shown in M. N. Sokolov, S. A...
May 22, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785179/nanoformulation-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-with-target-receptor-triggered-release-in-the-central-nervous-system
#12
Yuhang Jiang, James M Fay, Chi-Duen Poon, Natasha Vinod, Yuling Zhao, Kristin Bullock, Si Qin, Devika S Manickam, Xiang Yi, William A Banks, Alexander V Kabanov
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is identified as a potent neuroprotective and neuroregenerative agent for many neurological diseases. Regrettably, its delivery to the brain is hampered by poor serum stability and rapid brain clearance. Here, a novel nanoformulation is reported composed of a bio-compatible polymer, poly(ethylene glycol)- b -poly(L-glutamic acid) (PEG-PLE), that hosts the BDNF molecule in a nanoscale complex, termed here Nano-BDNF. Upon simple mixture, Nano-BDNF spontaneously forms uniform spherical particles with a core-shell structure...
February 7, 2018: Advanced Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784799/amorphous-boron-oxide-at-megabar-pressures-via-inelastic-x-ray-scattering
#13
Sung Keun Lee, Yong-Hyun Kim, Paul Chow, Yunming Xiao, Cheng Ji, Guoyin Shen
Structural transition in amorphous oxides, including glasses, under extreme compression above megabar pressures (>1 million atmospheric pressure, 100 GPa) results in unique densification paths that differ from those in crystals. Experimentally verifying the atomistic origins of such densifications beyond 100 GPa remains unknown. Progress in inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS) provided insights into the pressure-induced bonding changes in oxide glasses; however, IXS has a signal intensity several orders of magnitude smaller than that of elastic X-rays, posing challenges for probing glass structures above 100 GPa near the Earth's core-mantle boundary...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783837/light-absorption-enhancement-of-black-carbon-aerosol-constrained-by-particle-morphology
#14
Yu Wu, Tianhai Cheng, Dantong Liu, James Allan, Lijuan Zheng, Hao Chen
The radiative forcing of black carbon aerosol (BC) is one of the largest sources of uncertainty in climate change assessments. Contrasting results of BC absorption enhancement (Eabs) after aging are estimated by field measurements and modeling studies, causing ambiguous parameterizations of BC solar absorption in climate models. Here we quantify Eabs using a theoretical model parameterized by the complex particle morphology of BC in different aging scales. We show that Eabs continuously increases with aging and stabilizes with a maximum of ~3...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783836/a-y-shaped-three-arm-structure-for-probing-bivalent-interactions-between-protein-receptor-ligand-using-afm-and-spr
#15
Subhadip Senapati, Sudipta Biswas, Saikat Manna, Robert Ros, Stuart Lindsay, Peiming Zhang
The goal of this research was to develop linkage chemistry for the study of bivalent interactions between a receptor and its ligand using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR). We conceived a three-arm structure composed of flexible chains connected to a large rigid core with orthogonal functional groups at their ends for formation and attachment (or immobilization) of bivalent ligands. To demonstrate the principle, we chose the well-known biotin-streptavidin interaction as a model system...
May 21, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783068/reliability-of-the-star-excursion-balance-test-and-two-new-similar-protocols-to-measure-trunk-postural-control
#16
Diego López-Plaza, Casto Juan-Recio, David Barbado, Iñaki Ruiz-Pérez, Francisco J Vera-Garcia
BACKGROUND: Although the Star Excursion Balance test (SEBT) has shown a good intra-session reliability the inter-session reliability of this test has not been deeply studied. Furthermore, there is an evident high influence of the lower-limbs in the performance of the SEBT so even if it has been used to measure core stability it is possibly not the most suitable measurement. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were: i) to assess the absolute and relative between-session reliability of the SEBT and two novel variations of this test to assess trunk postural control while sitting, i...
May 18, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782833/insights-into-stabilizing-forces-in-amyloid-fibrils-of-differing-sizes-from-polarizable-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#17
Darcy S Davidson, Anne M Brown, Justin A Lemkul
Pathological aggregation of amyloid-forming proteins is a hallmark of a number of human diseases, including Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, and more. Despite having very different primary amino acid sequences, these amyloid proteins form similar supramolecular, fibril structures that are highly resilient to physical and chemical denaturation. To better understand the structural stability of disease-related amyloids and to gain a greater understanding of factors that stabilize functional amyloid assemblies, insights into tertiary and quaternary interactions are needed...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780512/iriomoteolides-novel-chemical-tools-to-study-actin-dynamics
#18
A Unzue, R Cribiú, M M Hoffman, T Knehans, K Lafleur, A Caflisch, C Nevado
Despite its promising biological profile, the cellular targets of iriomoteolide-3a, a novel 15-membered macrolide isolated from Amphidinium sp., have remained unknown. A small library of non-natural iriomoteolide-3a analogues is presented here as a result of a novel, highly convergent, catalysis-based scaffold-diversification campaign, which revealed the suitable sites for chemical editing in the original core. We provide compelling experimental evidence for actin as one of iriomoteolides' primary cellular targets, establishing the ability of these secondary metabolites to inhibit cell migration, induce severe morphological changes in cells and cause a reversible cytoplasmic retraction and reduction of F-actin fibers in a time and dose dependent manner...
April 21, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779790/a-hyperthermophilic-phage-decoration-protein-suggests-common-evolutionary-origin-with-herpesvirus-triplex-proteins-and-an-anti-crispr-protein
#19
Nicholas P Stone, Brendan J Hilbert, Daniel Hidalgo, Kevin T Halloran, Jooyoung Lee, Erik J Sontheimer, Brian A Kelch
Virus capsids are protein shells that protect the viral genome from environmental assaults, while maintaining the high internal pressure of the tightly packaged genome. To elucidate how capsids maintain stability under harsh conditions, we investigated the capsid components of the hyperthermophilic phage P74-26. We determined the structure of capsid protein gp87 and show that it has the same fold as decoration proteins in many other phages, despite lacking significant sequence homology. We also find that gp87 is significantly more stable than mesophilic homologs...
April 26, 2018: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779723/checking-the-potential-shift-to-perceived-usefulness-the-analysis-of-users-response-to-the-updated-electronic-health-record-core-features
#20
Petar Rajković, Dejan Aleksić, Dragan Janković, Aleksandar Milenković, Ivan Petković
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this paper is to identify the main factors which have an impact on the users' attitude towards the functionalities representing the perceived ease of use and to those representing the perceived usefulness. Another objective is to examine whether there occurred a shift towards the perceived usefulness of users' behavior over a period of time. To support these objectives, two different cases are examined - the case in which users are simultaneously offered basic and updated functionalities, and the one in which users are offered a completely new set of features...
July 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
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