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Stephan Holzschuh, Kathrin Kaeß, Guilherme Volpe Bossa, Christiane Decker, Alfred Fahr, Sylvio May
Liposomal delivery constitutes a promising approach for i.v. administration of mTHPC because lipid membranes can host these drug molecules. This study investigates the transfer and release of temoporfin (mTHPC) to plasma proteins and stability of various liposomal formulations. To this end, we employed traces of radioactive markers and studied the effects of fatty acid chain length and the degree of saturation in the lipophilic tail, addition of cholesterol, and PEGylation of the membrane surface and different drug-to-lipid ratios...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Liposome Research
Jakob Manhart, Santhosh Ayalur-Karunakaran, Simone Radl, Andreas Oesterreicher, Andreas Moser, Christian Ganser, Christian Teichert, Gerald Pinter, Wolfgang Kern, Thomas Griesser, Sandra Schlögl
The photo-reversible [4πs+4πs] cycloaddition reaction of pendant anthracene moieties represents a convenient strategy to impart wavelength dependent properties into hydrogenated carboxylated nitrile butadiene rubber (HXNBR) networks. The present article provides the (1)H NMR data on the reaction kinetics of the side chain functionalization of HXNBR. 2-(Anthracene-9-yl)oxirane with reactive epoxy groups is covalently attached to the polymer side chain of HXNBR via ring opening reaction between the epoxy and the carboxylic groups...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Theofania Tsironi, Efimia Dermesonlouoglou, Marianna Giannoglou, Eleni Gogou, George Katsaros, Petros Taoukis
The aim of the study was to develop and test the applicability of predictive models for shelf-life estimation of ready-to-eat (RTE) fresh cut salads in realistic distribution temperature conditions in the food supply chain. A systematic kinetic study of quality loss of RTE mixed salad (lollo rosso lettuce-40%, lollo verde lettuce-45%, rocket-15%) packed under modified atmospheres (3% O2, 10% CO2, 87% N2) was conducted. Microbial population (total viable count, Pseudomonas spp., lactic acid bacteria), vitamin C, colour and texture were the measured quality parameters...
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Yanping Yang, Xuedan Wang, Hui Yang, Hualong Fu, Jinming Zhang, Xiaojun Zhang, Jiapei Dai, Zhiyong Zhang, Chunping Lin, Yuzhi Guo, Mengchao Cui
This study describes an effective strategy to improve pharmacokinetics of Aβ imaging agents, offering a novel class of (R)- and (S)-18F-labeled 2-arylbenzoheterocyclic derivatives which bear an additional chiral hydroxyl group on the side chain. These ligands displayed binding abilities toward Aβ aggregates with Ki values varying from 3.2 to 195.6 nM. Chirality-related discrepancy was observed in biodistribution and (S)-2-phenylbenzoxazole enantiomers exhibited vastly improved brain clearance with washout ratios higher than 20...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
C Kourmentza, M Kornaros
Mixed microbial cultures that undergo successful enrichment, following eco-biotechnological approaches, to form a community dominant in polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) forming bacteria, represent an attractive economic alternative towards the production of those biopolymers. In the present study, an enriched mixed culture was investigated for the production of PHA at different initial pH values under non-controlled conditions in order to minimize process control and operational costs. Short-chain fatty acids were provided as PHA precursors and they were tested as sole carbon sources and as mixtures under nitrogen deficiency...
October 6, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Natalie Weber, Kristin Schwanke, Stephan Greten, Meike Wendland, Bogdan Iorga, Martin Fischer, Cornelia Geers-Knörr, Jan Hegermann, Christoph Wrede, Jan Fiedler, Henning Kempf, Annika Franke, Birgit Piep, Angelika Pfanne, Thomas Thum, Ulrich Martin, Bernhard Brenner, Robert Zweigerdt, Theresia Kraft
Human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes hold great potential for in vitro modeling of diseases like cardiomyopathies. Yet, knowledge about expression and functional impact of sarcomeric protein isoforms like the myosin heavy chain (MyHC) in hPSC-cardiomyocytes is scarce. We hypothesized that ventricular β-MyHC expression alters contraction and calcium kinetics and drives morphological and electrophysiological differentiation towards ventricular-like cardiomyocytes. To address this, we (1) generated human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hESC-CMs) that switched towards exclusive β-MyHC, and (2) functionally and morphologically characterized these hESC-CMs at the single-cell level...
November 2016: Basic Research in Cardiology
Tarek G Ammari, Marrwa Al-Atiyat, Eyad S Abu-Nameh, Ayoup Ghrair, Daasan Jaradat
Cadmium can enter water, soil and food chain in amounts harmful to human health by industrial wastes. The use of intact and NaOH-treated dried algal tissues (Hydrodictyon reticulatum); a major ecosystem bio-component, for Cd removal from aqueous solutions was characterized. Cadmium biosorption was found to be dependent on solution pH, bioadsorbent dose, the interaction between pH and dose, contact time, and initial Cd concentration. The experimental results indicated that the biosorption performance of alkaline-treated algal tissues was better than that of intact tissues...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Kevin R Pilkiewicz, Michael L Mayo
The internal biochemical state of a cell is regulated by a vast transcriptional network that kinetically correlates the concentrations of numerous proteins. Fluctuations in protein concentration that encode crucial information about this changing state must compete with fluctuations caused by the noisy cellular environment in order to successfully transmit information across the network. Oftentimes, one protein must regulate another through a sequence of intermediaries, and conventional wisdom, derived from the data processing inequality of information theory, leads us to expect that longer sequences should lose more information to noise...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Jaya Kumar Alageshan, Yashodhan Hatwalne, Murugappan Muthukumar
When an entangled interpenetrating collection of long flexible polymer chains dispersed in a suitable solvent is cooled to low enough temperatures, thin lamellar crystals form. Remarkably, these lamellae are sectored, with several growth sectors that have differing melting temperatures and growth kinetics, eluding so far an understanding of their origins. We present a theoretical model to explain this six-decade-old challenge by addressing the elasticity of fold surfaces of finite-sized lamella in the presence of disclination-type topological defects arising from anisotropic line tension...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Hao Zhang, Hong-Sheng Lim, Berhard Knapp, Charlotte M Deane, Milos Aleksic, Omer Dushek, P Anton van der Merwe
The interaction between the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and antigenic peptide in complex with major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules is a crucial step in T cell activation. The relative contributions of TCR:peptide and TCR:MHC contacts to the overall binding energy remain unclear. This has important implications for our understanding of T cell development and function. In this study we used site directed mutagenesis to estimate the contribution of HLA-A2 side-chains to the binding of four TCRs. Our results show that these TCRs have very different energetic 'footprints' on HLA-A2, with no residues contributing to all TCR interactions...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Priti Xavier, Keerthi M Nair, Lasitha K, Suryasarathi Bose
In this study we have assessed, using dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS), the confinement effects of the more mobile chain in partially miscible polymeric blends of PS/PVME (polystyrene/poly(vinyl methyl ether)) in the presence of anisotropically shaped MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotubes). To understand if this confinement effect is very specific to MWCNTs, the characteristic dimensions of which are often close to the radius of gyration of the polymeric chains, a few other particles like spherical silver, stacked clay tactoids and platy graphene sheets at similar weight fractions were also incorporated and systematically studied...
October 12, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Paul Leonard, Stephen Hearty, Hui Ma, Richard O'Kennedy
The use of optical biosensors for studying macromolecular interactions is gaining increasing popularity. In one study, 1514 papers that involved the application of biosensor data were identified for the year 2009 alone (Rich and Myszka, J Mol Recognit 24:892-914, 2011), the sheer volume and variety of which present a daunting task for the burgeoning biosensor user to accumulate and decipher. This chapter is designed to provide the reader with the tools necessary to prepare, design, and efficiently execute a kinetic experiment on Biacore...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jezamine Lim, Zainul Rashid Mohamad Razi, Jiaxian Law, Azmawati Mohammed Nawi, Ruszymah Binti Haji Idrus, Min Hwei Ng
BACKGROUND AIMS: Human Wharton's jelly-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hWJMSCs) are possibly the most suitable allogeneic cell source for stromal cell therapy and tissue engineering applications because of their hypo-immunogenic and non-tumorigenic properties, easy availability and minimal ethical concerns. Furthermore, hWJMSCs possess unique properties of both adult mesenchymal stromal cells and embryonic stromal cells. The human umbilical cord (UC) is approximately 50-60 cm long and the existing studies in the literature have not provided information on which segment of the UC was studied...
October 7, 2016: Cytotherapy
Mizuki Endo, Tomoya Fukui, Sung Ho Jung, Shiki Yagai, Masayuki Takeuchi, Kazunori Sugiyasu
The significant contribution of conventional living polymerization to polymer science assures that living supramolecular polymerization will also lead to a variety of novel phenomena and applications. However, the monomer scope still remains limited in terms of the self-assembly energy landscape; a kinetic trap that retards spontaneous nucleation has to be coupled with a supramolecular polymerization pathway, which is challenging to achieve by molecular design. Herein, we report a rational approach to address this issue...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Adam Michael Scheer, Arkke J Eskola, David L Osborn, Leonid Sheps, Craig Allen Taatjes
The pulsed photolytic chlorine-initiated oxidation of diethyl ketone [DEK; (CH3CH2)2C=O], 2,2,4,4-d4-DEK [d4-DEK; (CH3CD2)2C=O] and 1,1,1,5,5,5-d6-DEK [d6-DEK; (CD3CH2)2C=O] is studied at 8 Torr and 1 - 2 atm and from 400 - 625 K. Cl atoms produced by laser photolysis react with diethyl ketone to form either primary (3-pentan-on-1-yl, RP) or secondary (3-pentan-on-2-yl, RS¬¬) radicals, which in turn react with O2. Multiplexed time of flight mass spectrometry, coupled to either a hydrogen discharge lamp or tunable synchrotron photoionizing radiation, is used to detect products as a function of mass, time and photon energy...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Jose Maria Carnerero, Aila Jimenez-Ruiz, Paula Margarita Castillo, Rafael Prado-Gotor
The interactions of DNA, whether long, hundred base pair chains or short-chained oligonucleotides, with ligands play a key role in the field of structural biology. Its biological activity not only depends on the thermodynamic properties of DNA-ligand complexes, but can and often is conditioned by the formation kinetics of those complexes. On the other hand, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have long been known to present excellent biocompatibility with biomolecules and are themselves remarkable for their structural, electronic, magnetic, optical and catalytic properties, radically different from those of their counterpart bulk materials, and which make them an important asset in multiple applications...
October 10, 2016: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Jianfeng Zhang, Ben Muirhead, Megan Dodd, Lina Liu, Fei Xu, Nicole Mangiacotte, Todd Hoare, Heather Sheardown
Hydrogels have been widely explored for biomedical applications, with injectable hydrogels being of particular interest for their ability to precisely deliver drugs and cells to targets. Although these hydrogels have demonstrated satisfactory properties in many cases, challenges still remain for commercialization. In this paper, we describe a simple injectable hydrogel based on poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and a vitamin E (Ve) methacrylate copolymer prepared via simple free radical polymerization and delivered in a solution of low molecular weight PEG and Ve as the solvent instead of water...
October 10, 2016: Biomacromolecules
David B Guiliano, Helen North, Eleni Panayoitou, Elaine C Campbell, Kirsty McHugh, Fiona G M Cooke, Marine Silvestre, Paul Bowness, Simon J Powis, Antony N Antoniou
Objective - HLA-B27 is associated with the inflammatory spondyloarthropathies (SpAs). Of significance, subtypes HLA-B*27:06 and HLA-B*27:09 are not associated with the SpAs. These subtypes primarily differ from the HLA-B*27:05 disease associated allele at residues 114 and 116 of the heavy chain, part of the F pocket of the antigen-binding groove. Dimerisation of HLA-B27 during assembly has been implicated in disease onset. This study investigated the factors influencing differences in dimerisation between disease associated and non-associated HLA-B27 alleles...
October 9, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Paul T Bremer, Song Xue, Kim D Janda
In developing small-molecule inhibitors of botulinum neurotoxin serotype A light chain (BoNT/A LC), substituted picolinic acids were identified. Extensive investigation into the SAR of the picolinic acid scaffold revealed 5-(1-butyl-4-chloro-1H-indol-2-yl)picolinic acid (CBIP), which possessed low micromolar activity against BoNT/A. Kinetic and docking studies demonstrated binding of CBIP to the β-exosite: a largely unexplored site on the LC that holds therapeutic relevance for botulism treatment.
October 13, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Mathilde Bayard, Fernando Leal-Calderon, Maud Cansell
The effect of free fatty acids with different chain lengths or unsaturation degree on anhydrous milk fat (AMF) crystallization was evaluated. The impact of esterification was also studied using three triglycerides. Melted blends containing the additives at concentrations lower than 12wt.% were quenched at 25°C and isothermal crystallization was monitored by pulsed low-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance. In parallel, polarized light microscopy was used to observe the microstructure. Compounds based on long chain saturated fatty acids, i...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
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