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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458208/the-use-of-fatty-acids-as-absorption-enhancer-for-pulmonary-drug-delivery
#1
Maliheh Ghadiri, Finbarr Canney, Cristina Pacciana, Gaia Colombo, Paul M Young, Daniela Traini
A limitation in the systemic uptake of many inhalable drugs is the restricted permeation through the pulmonary epithelial layer barrier. One strategy to bypass the epithelial layer when delivering non-permeable drugs is to alter the paracellular transport, allowing the uptake of drugs into the systemic circulation. In this study, the potential of sodium decanoate (Na dec), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) as absorption enhancers has been investigated to increase pulmonary paracellular permeability by modulating epithelial cells' tight junctions...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458191/a-novel-neuropilin-1-binding-sequence-in-the-human-t-cell-lymphotropic-virus-type-1-envelope-glycoprotein
#2
Hideki Kusunoki, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Toshiyuki Kohno, Kazuhiko Matsuhashi, Kazuo Hosoda, Kaori Wakamatsu, Isao Hamaguchi
Entry of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) into host cells is mainly mediated by interactions between the viral envelope glycoprotein surface unit (SU) and three host receptors: glucose transporter type 1, heparin/heparan sulfate proteoglycan, and neuropilin-1 (Nrp1). Here, we analyzed the interaction between HTLV-1 SU and Nrp1 using nuclear magnetic resonance and isothermal titration calorimetry. We found that two SU peptides, residues 85-94 and residues 304-312, bound directly to the Nrp1 b1 domain with affinities of 7...
February 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458182/a-direct-gateway-into-the-extracellular-space-unconventional-secretion-of-fgf2-through-self-sustained-plasma-membrane-pores
#3
REVIEW
Julia P Steringer, Walter Nickel
As illustrated by a diverse set of examples in this special issue, multiple mechanisms of protein secretion have been identified in eukaryotes that do not involve the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the Golgi apparatus. Here we focus on the type I pathway with Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 (FGF2) being the most prominent example. Unconventional secretion of FGF2 from cells is mediated by direct protein translocation across the plasma membrane. A unique feature of this process is the ability of FGF2 to form its own membrane translocation intermediate through oligomerization and membrane insertion...
February 16, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458156/how-to-isolate-identify-and-determine-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-anaerobic-bacteria-in-routine-laboratories
#4
REVIEW
Elisabeth Nagy, Lyudmila Boyanova, Ulrik S Justesen
BACKGROUND: There has been an increased interest in the study of anaerobic bacteria, which cause human infection during the past decade. Many new genera and species have been described by to use 16S rRNA gene sequencing of clinical isolates obtained from different infection sites with commercially available special culture media to support the growth of anaerobes. Several systems, such as anaerobic pouches, boxes, jars and chambers provide suitable anaerobic culture conditions to isolate even strict anaerobic bacteria successfully from clinical specimens...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458149/age-dependent-oxidation-of-extracellular-cysteine-cystine-redox-state-e-h-cys-cyss-in-mouse-lung-fibroblasts-is-mediated-by-a-decline-in-slc7a11-expression
#5
Yuxuan Zheng, Jeffrey D Ritzenthaler, Tom J Burke, Javier Otero, Jesse Roman, Walter H Watson
Aging is associated with progressive oxidation of the extracellular environment. The redox state of human plasma, defined by the concentrations of cysteine (Cys) and cystine (CySS), becomes more oxidized as we age. Recently, we showed that fibroblasts isolated from the lungs of young and old mice retain this differential phenotype; old cells produce and maintain a more oxidizing extracellular redox potential (Eh (Cys/CySS)) than young cells. Microarray analysis identified down-regulation of Slc7a11, the light subunit of the CySS/glutamate transporter, as a potential mediator of age-related oxidation in these cells...
February 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458148/untimely-oxidative-stress-in-%C3%AE-cells-leads-to-diabetes-role-of-circadian-clock-in-%C3%AE-cell-function
#6
REVIEW
J Lee, K Ma, M Moulik, V Yechoor
Diabetes results from a loss of β-cell function. With the number of people with diabetes reaching epidemic proportions globally, understanding mechanisms that are contributing to this increasing prevalence is critical. One such factor has been circadian disruption, with shift-work, light pollution, jet-lag, increased screen time, all acting as potential contributory factors. Though circadian disruption has been epidemiologically associated with diabetes and other metabolic disorders for many decades, it is only recently that there has been a better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms...
February 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458144/disruption-of-peroxisome-function-leads-to-metabolic-stress-mtor-inhibition-and-lethality-in-liver-cancer-cells
#7
Mengjiao Cai, Xiao Sun, Wenchao Wang, Zhusheng Lian, Ping Wu, Suxia Han, Huan Chen, Pumin Zhang
Peroxisome houses a large number of enzymes involved in lipid and phytochemical oxidation as well as synthesis of bile acid and other specialized lipids. Peroxisome resident enzymes are imported into the organelle via a conserved cargo transport system composed of many peroxins, protein factors essential for the biogenesis of peroxisome. Among the peroxins, PEX5 plays a transporter role, and PEX2, 10, and 12 are thought to form a complex that functions as an E3 ubiquitin ligase to help recycle PEX5 in an ubiquitin modification-dependent process...
February 16, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458112/compatible-osmolytes-modulate-mitochondrial-function-in-a-marine-osmoconformer-crassostrea-gigas-thunberg-1793
#8
Eugene P Sokolov, Inna M Sokolova
Salinity is an important environmental factor affecting physiology of marine organisms. Osmoconformers such as marine mollusks maintain metabolic function despite changes of the osmolarity and composition of the cytosol during salinity shifts. Currently, metabolic responses to the salinity-induced changes of the intracellular milieu are not well understood. We studied the effects of osmolarity (450 vs. 900 mOsm) and compatible osmolytes (70-590 mM of taurine or betaine) on isolated gill mitochondria of a marine osmoconformer, the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas...
February 16, 2018: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458104/a-new-l-glutaminase-from-streptomyces-pratensis-nrc-10-gene-identification-enzyme-purification-and-characterization
#9
Sanaa E Tork, Magda M Aly, Omar Elsemin
In the current study, the purified l-glutaminase from Streptomyces pratensis NRC10 (GenBank number KC857622) was characterized. Its molecular weight was estimated to be 46 kDa and isoelectric point 7.4. Its Vmax was calculated to be 2.19 U/mg/min, while Km was 0.175 mM. The optimum pH and temperature were 9 and 45 °C, respectively. It was thermostable at 45 °C but thermally inactivated at 60 °C after 50 min. Moreover, its enzymatic activity was enhanced by K+ ions and inhibited by Mg2+ , Cu2+ , Ag+ , Hg2+ , Ni2+ , Fe2+ , Cr2 , Na+ , Ca2+ , and EDTA...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458024/spinal-cord-specific-deletion-of-the-glutamate-transporter-glt1-causes-motor-neuron-death-in-mice
#10
Kaori Sugiyama, Kohichi Tanaka
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the selective loss of motor neurons. The precise mechanisms that cause the selective death of motor neurons remain unclear, but a growing body of evidence suggests that glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity has been considered to play an important role in the mechanisms of motor neuron degeneration in ALS. Reductions in glutamate transporter GLT1 have been reported in animal models of ALS and the motor cortex and spinal cord of ALS patients...
February 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457909/droplet-translation-actuated-by-photoelectrowetting
#11
Cesar Palma, Robert David Deegan
In traditional electrowetting-on-dielectric devices droplet are moved about a substrate using electric fields produced by an array of discrete electrodes. Here we show that a drop can be driven across a substrate with a localized light beam by exploiting the photoelectrowetting effect, a light-activated variant of electrowetting-on-dielectric. Droplet transport actuated by photoelectrowetting eliminates the need for electrode arrays and the complexities entailed in their fabrication and control, and offers a new approach for designing lab-on-a-chip applications...
February 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457840/population-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacogenomics-of-apixaban-in-japanese-adult-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#12
Satoshi Ueshima, Daiki Hira, Yuuma Kimura, Ryo Fujii, Chiho Tomitsuka, Takuya Yamane, Yohei Tabuchi, Tomoya Ozawa, Hideki Itoh, Seiko Ohno, Minoru Horie, Tomohiro Terada, Toshiya Katsura
AIMS: This study aimed to analyse the effects of genetic polymorphisms in drug transporters and metabolising enzymes, and clinical laboratory data on the pharmacokinetic parameters of apixaban. METHODS: Data were collected from 81 Japanese patients with atrial fibrillation. Pharmacogenomic data were stratified by ABCB1, ABCG2, and CYP3A5 polymorphisms. The pharmacokinetic profile of apixaban was described by a one-compartment model with first-order absorption. Population pharmacokinetic analysis was conducted using non-linear mixed effect modelling (NONMEM™) program...
February 19, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457729/assessing-interactions-between-a-polytopic-membrane-protein-and-lipid-bilayers-using-differential-scanning-calorimetry-and-solid-state-nmr
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James R Banigan, Maureen Leninger, Ampon Sae Her, Nathaniel J Traaseth
It is known that the lipid composition within a cellular membrane can influence membrane protein structure and function. In this Article, we investigated how structural changes to a membrane protein upon substrate binding can impact the lipid bilayer. To carry out this study, we reconstituted the secondary active drug transporter EmrE into a variety of phospholipid bilayers varying in headgroup and chain length and carried out differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and solid-state NMR experiments. The DSC results revealed a difference in cooperativity of the lipid phase transition for drug-free EmrE protonated at glutamic acid 14 (i...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457719/fabrication-of-bsa-auncs-based-nanostructures-for-cell-fluoresce-imaging-and-target-drug-delivery
#14
Caifeng Ding, Yujuan Xu, Yanan Zhao, Hua Zhong, Xiliang Luo
Drug delivery which can offer efficient and localized drug transportation together with imaging capabilities is highly demanded in the development of cancer theranostic approaches. Herein, we report the construction of bovine serum albumin (BSA) gold nanoclusters (BSA@AuNCs) for cell fluoresce imaging and target drug delivery. BSA@AuNCs were modified with cyclic arginine-glycine-aspartate (cRGD) with the product RGD-BSA@AuNCs to enhance the cell internalization of the nanoclusters. Furthermore, doxorubicin (DOX), a widely used a chemotherapy drug, was also used to modify RGD-BSA@AuNCs...
February 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457715/embedding-a-diketopyrrolopyrrole-based-crosslinking-interfacial-layer-enhances-the-performance-of-organic-photovoltaics
#15
Hsiang-Lin Hsu, Ying-Chieh Chao, Yu-Hua Liao, Chung-Lin Chung, Ya-Juan Peng, ChihPing Chen, Ru-Jong Jeng
In this study, we prepared DPPBTDA, a diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based small molecule presenting a terminal crosslinkable azido group, as a cathode modified layer for organic photovoltaics (OPVs) having the inverted device structure glass/indium tin oxide (ITO)/zinc oxide (ZnO) with or without interfacial layer (IFL)/active layer/MoO3/Ag. The active layer comprised a blend of poly[4,8-bis(5-(2-ethylhexyl)thien-2-yl)benzo[1,2-b;4,5-b´]dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt-(4-(2-ethylhexyl)-3-fluorothieno[3,4-b]thiophene)-2-carboxylate-2,6-diyl] (PTB7-Th) as the electron donating moiety and [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) as the electron acceptor...
February 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457661/analysis-of-13-c-and-14-c-labeling-in-pyruvate-and-lactate-in-tumor-and-blood-of-lymphoma-bearing-mice-injected-with-13-c-and-14-c-labeled-pyruvate
#16
E M Serrao, M I Kettunen, T B Rodrigues, D Y Lewis, F A Gallagher, D E Hu, K M Brindle
Measurements of hyperpolarized13 C label exchange between injected [1-13 C]pyruvate and the endogenous tumor lactate pool can give an apparent first-order rate constant for the exchange. The determination of the isotope flux, however, requires an estimate of the labeled pyruvate concentration in the tumor. This was achieved here by measurement of the tumor uptake of [1-14 C]pyruvate, which showed that <2% of the injected pyruvate reached the tumor site. Multiplication of this estimated labeled pyruvate concentration in the tumor with the apparent first-order rate constant for hyperpolarized13 C label exchange gave an isotope flux that showed good agreement with a flux determined directly by the injection of non-polarized [3-13 C]pyruvate, rapid excision of the tumor after 30 s and measurement of13 C-labeled lactate concentrations in tumor extracts...
February 19, 2018: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457656/fatty-acid-binding-protein-deletion-prevents-stress-induced-preference-for-cocaine-and-dampens-stress-induced-corticosterone-levels
#17
John Hamilton, Matthew Marion, Antonio Figueiredo, Brendan H Clavin, Dale Deutsch, Martin Kaczocha, Samir Haj-Dahmane, Panayotis K Thanos
Genetic and pharmacological manipulation of endocannabinoid (eCB) signaling has previously been shown to have an important role on the rewarding properties of drugs of abuse, including cocaine. Recently, fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) have been proposed as intracellular transporters of the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) as well as other bioactive lipids to their catabolic enzyme, fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). The role of these transporters in modulating the brains reward system has yet to be investigated...
February 19, 2018: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457497/prevalence-and-demographic-correlates-of-overweight-physical-activity-and-screen-time-among-school-aged-children-in-urban-china-the-shanghai-study
#18
Xihe Zhu, Justin A Haegele, Yan Tang, Xueping Wu
This study reports the prevalence and demographic correlates of overweight, as well as meeting physical activity and screen time guidelines, in Chinese children. A representative sample of school-aged children ( n = 49 549) in Shanghai were participants. Children's anthropometrics were objectively measured; their physical activity and screen time, and demographic variables including age, sex, skill proficiency, sport affiliation, and transportation mode were self-reported. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted...
February 1, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457354/nitrogen-enriched-carbon-cnt-composites-based-on-schiff-base-networks-ultrahigh-n-content-and-enhanced-lithium-storage-properties
#19
Zhichang Xiao, Qi Song, Ruiying Guo, Debin Kong, Shanke Zhou, Xiaoxiong Huang, Rashid Iqbal, Linjie Zhi
To improve the electrochemical performance of carbonaceous anodes for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), the incorporation of both well-defined heteroatom species and the controllable 3D porous networks are urgently required. In this work, a novel N-enriched carbon/carbon nanotube composite (NEC/CNT) through a chemically induced precursor-controlled pyrolysis approach is developed. Instead of conventional N-containing sources or precursors, Schiff-base network (SNW-1) enables the desirable combination of a 3D polymer with intrinsic microporosity and ultrahigh N-content, which can significantly promote the fast transport of both Li+ and electron...
February 19, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457325/from-linear-to-angular-isomers-achieving-tunable-charge-transport-in-single-crystal-indolocarbazoles-via-delicate-synergetic-ch-nh%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-pi-interactions
#20
Hui Jiang, Peng Hu, Jun Ye, Apoorva Chaturvedi, Keke K Zhang, Yongxin Li, Yi Long, Denis Fichou, Christian Kloc, Wenping Hu
Four five fused-ring isomers were rationally designed and synthesized to investigate the isomeric influence of linear and angular shapes in affecting their molecular packing and resultant electronic properties. Single-crystal field-effect transistors showed mobility order of 5,7-ICZ (3.61 cm2 V-1 s-1) > 5,11-ICZ (0.55 cm2 V-1 s-1) > 5,12-ICZ (~10-5 cm2 V-1 s-1) and 11,12-ICZ (~10-6 cm2 V-1 s-1). Theoretical calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) and polaron transport model revealed that 5, 7-ICZ can reach higher mobilities than the others thanks to relatively higher hole transfer integral that links to stronger intermolecular interaction due to the presence of multiple NH···pi and CH···pi(py) interactions with energy close to common NH···N hydrogen bonds, as well as overall lower hole-vibrational coupling owing to the absence of coupling of holes to low frequency modes due to better pi conjugation...
February 18, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
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