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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433828/poly-cyclodextrin-cryogels-with-aligned-porous-structure-for-removal-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-from-water
#1
Fuat Topuz, Tamer Uyar
Cyclodextrins (CDs) are sugar-based cyclic oligosaccharides, which form inclusion complexes with small guest molecules through their hydrophobic cavity. Here we successfully synthesized highly porous poly-cyclodextrin (poly-CD) cryogels, which were produced under cryogenic conditions by the cross-linking of amine-functional CDs with PEG-based diepoxide cross-linker. The poly-CD cryogels showed aligned porous network structures owing to the directional freezing of the matrix, of which the pore size and architecture exposed variations depending on the composition of the reactants...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433163/fabrication-of-schizophyllan-hydrogel-via-orthogonal-thiol-ene-photopolymerization
#2
Sora Lee, Hyunhyuk Tae, Chang Seok Ki
Schizophyllan (SPG) is a water soluble β-glucan, which is obtained from Schizophyllum commune. SPG has been widely explored with its unique properties such as triple helical structure, immune-modulation, and anti-tumoral activity. In this study, we tried to fabricate SPG hydrogel via thiol-ene photopolymerization. SPG-norbornene and SPG-thiol were synthesized from ultrasonicated SPG. Two types of SPG hydrogels (SPG and PEG/SPG hybrid) were formed via thiol-ene photo-click reaction. By controlling the SPG content and stoichiometric balance of norbornene and thiol groups, swelling ratio and shear elastic modulus of SPG hydrogel could be controlled in the range of 20-60 and 0...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431242/structural-and-functional-analysis-of-a-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-complex-with-grk5
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Konstantin E Komolov, Yang Du, Nguyen Minh Duc, Robin M Betz, João P G L M Rodrigues, Ryan D Leib, Dhabaleswar Patra, Georgios Skiniotis, Christopher M Adams, Ron O Dror, Ka Young Chung, Brian K Kobilka, Jeffrey L Benovic
The phosphorylation of agonist-occupied G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) by GPCR kinases (GRKs) functions to turn off G-protein signaling and turn on arrestin-mediated signaling. While a structural understanding of GPCR/G-protein and GPCR/arrestin complexes has emerged in recent years, the molecular architecture of a GPCR/GRK complex remains poorly defined. We used a comprehensive integrated approach of cross-linking, hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (MS), electron microscopy, mutagenesis, molecular dynamics simulations, and computational docking to analyze GRK5 interaction with the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR)...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431012/replication-and-repair-of-a-reduced-2%C3%AE-deoxyguanosine-abasic-site-interstrand-cross-link-in-human-cells
#4
Nathan E Price, Lin Li, Kent S Gates, Yinsheng Wang
Apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) sites, or abasic sites, which are a common type of endogenous DNA damage, can forge interstrand DNA-DNA cross-links via reaction with the exocyclic amino group on a nearby 2΄-deoxyguanosine or 2΄-deoxyadenosine in the opposite strand. Here, we utilized a shuttle vector method to examine the efficiency and fidelity with which a reduced dG-AP cross-link-containing plasmid was replicated in cultured human cells. Our results showed that the cross-link constituted strong impediments to DNA replication in HEK293T cells, with the bypass efficiencies for the dG- and AP-containing strands being 40% and 20%, respectively...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430416/a-complimentary-benzophenone-cross-linking-mass-spectrometry-photochemistry
#5
Adam Belsom, Gemma Mudd, Sven H Giese, Manfred Auer, Juri Rappsilber
Use of a heterobifunctional photoactivatable cross-linker, sulfo-SDA (diazirine), has yielded high-density data that facilitated structure modelling of individual proteins. We expand the photoactivatable chemistry toolbox here with a second reagent, sulfo-SBP (benzophenone). This further increases the density of photo-cross-linking to a factor of 20x over conventional cross-linking. Importantly, the two different photoactivatable groups display orthogonal directionality, enabling access to different protein regions, unreachable with a single cross-linker...
April 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429726/verteporfin-induced-formation-of-protein-cross-linked-oligomers-and-high-molecular-weight-complexes-is-mediated-by-light-and-leads-to-cell-toxicity
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Eleni K Konstantinou, Shoji Notomi, Cassandra Kosmidou, Katarzyna Brodowska, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Fotini Nicolaou, Pavlina Tsoka, Evangelos Gragoudas, Joan W Miller, Lucy H Young, Demetrios G Vavvas
Verteporfin (VP) was first used in Photodynamic therapy, where a non-thermal laser light (689 nm) in the presence of oxygen activates the drug to produce highly reactive oxygen radicals, resulting in local cell and tissue damage. However, it has also been shown that Verteporfin can have non-photoactivated effects such as interference with the YAP-TEAD complex of the HIPPO pathway, resulting in growth inhibition of several neoplasias. More recently, it was proposed that, another non-light mediated effect of VP is the formation of cross-linked oligomers and high molecular weight protein complexes (HMWC) that are hypothesized to interfere with autophagy and cell growth...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429547/the-use-of-bone-turnover-markers-in-chronic-kidney-disease-mineral-and-bone-disorders
#7
Cherie Chiang
Bone turnover markers assist in fracture risk prediction, management and monitoring of osteoporosis in patients without chronic kidney disease (CKD). The use in CKD-mineral bone disorder (MBD) has been limited as many of these markers and breakdown products are renally excreted, including the most commonly used and well standardized procollagen type I N propeptide and C-terminal cross-linking telopeptide of type I collagen. Of the markers unaffected by renal function, bone specific alkaline phosphatase is associated with mortality and fracture rate in CKD subjects and is now available on several automated analysers...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429005/carborane-based-polymers-a-novel-class-of-semiconductors-with-tunable-properties
#8
B Dong, A Oyelade, J A Kelber
Semiconducting boron carbides based on cross-linked carborane (B10C2H12) icosahedra, developed several decades ago, are of significant interest in a variety of emerging areas, including photocatalysis, spintronics, and especially neutron detection. These materials, however, display generally poor charge carrier mobility, high defect levels and other properties that pose significant drawbacks. A class of nanocomposite carborane-based materials has recently been developed, that addresses many of these issues...
April 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428679/mini-asymmetric-radial-keratotomy-and-corneal-cross-linking-for-the-treatment-of-a-bilateral-stage-iv-keratoconus-in-a-14-year-old-child
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Marco Abbondanza, Gabriele Abbondanza, Valentina De Felice
AIM: To present the case of a 14-year-old boy with bilateral stage IV keratoconus, treated with a combined MARK + CXL intervention, without the need for a corneal transplantation. RESULTS: The left eye displays considerable improvements, with a follow-up of 13.5 years: Kmax is decreased by 5.53 D, Kmed is decreased by 1.95 D and thinnest pachymetry is increased by 106 µm. The right eye shows equally remarkable parameters, with a follow-up of 9.5 years: Kmax is decreased by 8...
February 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428562/dehydroascorbic-acids-modified-polymer-micelles-target-cancer-cells-to-enhance-anti-tumor-efficacy-of-paclitaxel
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Xiaoyu Pei, Feifei Luo, Jun Zhang, Wulian Chen, Chen Jiang, Jie Liu
Paclitaxel (PTX), especially albumin-bound PTX in clinical, has displayed significant inhibition of tumor growth in patients. But the systemic distribution and poor water solubility of PTX often lead to severe side effects, consequently limiting the anti-tumor efficacy. In this study, we developed a novel PTX-loaded polymeric micelle drug delivery system. These self-assembled polymeric micelles from core to outside consisted of poly L-phenylalanine (pPhe), DTSSP linked poly L-lysine (pLys), poly ethylene glycol (PEG) and dehydroascorbic acids (DHA)...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426701/exploratory-study-on-the-effect-of-osteoactivin-on-muscle-regeneration-in-a-rat-volumetric-muscle-loss-model
#11
Jinjin Ma, Andrew R Baker, Anthony Calabro, Kathleen A Derwin
Wounds causing extensive injury loss of muscle, also known as volumetric muscle loss (VML), are frequently associated with high-energy civilian trauma and combat-related extremity injuries. Currently, no effective clinical therapy is available for promoting de novo muscle tissue regeneration to restore muscle function following VML. Recent studies have shown evidence that osteoactivin (OA), a transmembrane glycoprotein, has the ability to prevent skeletal muscle atrophy in response to denervation. Therefore the objective of this study is to investigate the potential regenerative effect of OA embedded and delivered via a cross-linked gelatin hydrogel within a volumetric tibialis anterior muscle defect in a rat model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426190/robust-polymer-electrolyte-membranes-with-high-ambient-temperature-lithium-ion-conductivity-via-polymerization-induced-microphase-separation
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Sujay A Chopade, Jesus G Au, Ziang Li, Peter W Schmidt, Marc A Hillmyer, Timothy P Lodge
Mechanically robust polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) exhibiting high ionic conductivity at ambient temperature are a prerequisite for next-generation electrochemical devices. We utilized a polymerization-induced microphase separation (PIMS) strategy to prepare nanostructured materials comprising continuous conducting nanochannels intertwined with a mechanically and thermally robust cross-linked polymeric framework. Addition of succinonitrile (SN) rendered the poly(ethylene oxide)/lithium (Li) salt conducting domains completely amorphous, resulting in outstanding conductivities (∼0...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426067/bioinspired-peptosomes-with-programmed-stimuli-responses-for-sequential-drug-release-and-high-performance-anticancer-therapy
#13
Yuan Li, Wei Li, Weier Bao, Bin Liu, Dan Li, Yumeng Jiang, Wei Wei, Fazheng Ren
Combination therapy with enhanced therapeutic and antimetastatic efficacy has become promising for cancer treatment. There is an urgent need to design a co-delivery system to sequentially release the drug pair at desired locations that can increase the intra-tumoral drug concentration and reduce the side effects. Inspired by virus architecture and function, herein, we developed a peptosome (PS)-based co-delivery system, PePm/PS/Curcumin (Cur), for the sequential release of the therapeutic peptide Pe and chemodrug Cur...
April 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425282/mechanical-force-sensitive-acrylic-latex-coating
#14
Meng Li, Weifeng Liu, Qi Zhang, Shiping Zhu
We prepared force sensitive acrylic latex coatings by covalently incorporating spiropyran mechanophore. The acrylic latexes were obtained through emulsion copolymerization of butyl acrylate (BA), methyl methacrylate (MMA) with vinyltriethoxysilane (VTES) as interparticle cross-linker, and (1'-(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl)-3',3'-dimethylspiro[chromene-2,2'-indolin]-6-yl)methyl methacrylate) (SP) as intraparticle cross-linker. The latexes of P(BA-co-MMA-co-SP-co-VTES) were subsequently cast onto Teflon-coated surface to form latex coatings...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424209/the-sulfilimine-cross-link-of-collagen-iv-contributes-to-kidney-tubular-basement-membrane-stiffness
#15
Gautam Bhave, Selene Colon, Nicholas Ferrell
Basement membranes (BMs) are a specialized form of extracellular matrix (ECM) which underlie nearly all cell layers and provide structural support for tissues and interact with cell surface receptors to determine cell behavior. Both macromolecular composition and stiffness of BM influence cell-BM interactions. Collagen IV is major constituent of BM that forms an extensively cross-linked oligomeric network. Its deficiency leads to BM mechanical instability as observed with glomerular basement membrane (GBM) in Alport Syndrome...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423990/self-assembled-nanogel-of-cholesterol-bearing-xyloglucan-as-a-drug-delivery-nanocarrier
#16
Shin-Ichi Sawada, Hiroko Yukawa, Shigeo Takeda, Yoshihiro Sasaki, Kazunari Akiyoshi
Xyloglucan (XG) is a multibranched polysaccharide consisting of a main chain β-1,4-glucan with xylose and galactose side chains. In this study, cholesterol-bearing XG (CHXG) was synthesized by the reaction of XG with cholesteryl N- (6-isocyanatohexyl) carbamate. The CHXG molecules self-assembled in water to form nanogels consisting of about 100 molecules of XG, and were characterized using differential light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. The number of cholesteryl groups per physical cross-linking site was estimated using a fluorescence quenching method...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423580/procollagen-lysine-2-oxoglutarate-5-dioxygenase-2-promotes-hypoxia-induced-glioma-migration-and-invasion
#17
Yangyang Xu, Lin Zhang, Yuzhen Wei, Xin Zhang, Ran Xu, Mingzhi Han, Bing Huang, Anjing Chen, Wenjie Li, Qing Zhang, Gang Li, Jian Wang, Peng Zhao, Xingang Li
Poor prognosis of glioblastoma multiforme is strongly associated with the ability of tumor cells to invade the brain parenchyma, which is believed to be the major factor responsible for glioblastoma recurrence. Therefore, identifying the molecular mechanisms driving invasion may lead to the development of improved therapies for glioblastoma patients. Here, we investigated the role of procollagen-lysine 2-oxoglutarate 5-dioxygenase 2 (PLOD2), an enzyme catalyzing collagen cross-linking, in the biology of glioblastoma invasion...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422788/stabilized-hiv-1-envelope-glycoprotein-trimers-for-vaccine-use
#18
Max Medina-Ramírez, Rogier W Sanders, Quentin J Sattentau
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update on the latest developments in the field of HIV-1 antibody-based soluble envelope glycoprotein (Env) trimer design for vaccine use. RECENT FINDINGS: The development of soluble native-like HIV-1 Env trimer immunogens has moved the field of antibody-based vaccine design forward dramatically over the past few years with refinement of various stabilizing approaches. However, despite this progress, significant challenges remain...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422494/genetically-encoded-2-aryl-5-carboxytetrazoles-for-site-selective-protein-photo-cross-linking
#19
Yulin Tian, Marco Paolo Jacinto, Yu Zeng, Zhipeng Yu, Jun Qu, Wenshe R Liu, Qing Lin
The genetically encoded photo-cross-linkers promise to offer a temporally controlled tool to map transient and dynamic protein-protein interaction complexes in living cells. Here we report the synthesis of a panel of 2-aryl-5-carboxytetrazole-lysine analogs (ACTKs) and their site-specific incorporation into proteins via amber codon suppression in Escherichia coli and mammalian cells. Among five ACTKs investigated, N-methylpyrroletetrazole-lysine (mPyTK) was found to give robust and site-selective photo-cross-linking reactivity in E...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422400/sequence-specific-covalent-capture-coupled-with-high-contrast-nanopore-detection-of-a-disease-derived-nucleic-acid-sequence
#20
Maryam Imani Nejad, Ruicheng Shi, Xinyue Zhang, Li-Qun Gu, Kent S Gates
Hybridization-based methods for the detection of nucleic acid sequences are important in research and medicine. Short probes provide sequence specificity, but may not provide a durable signal. Sequence-specific covalent cross-link formation can anchor probes to target DNA and also may provide an additional layer of target selectivity. Here we develop a new cross-linking reaction for the covalent capture of specific nucleic acid sequences. This process involves reaction of an abasic site in a probe strand with an adenine residue in the target strand and was used for the detection of a disease-relevant T→A mutation at position 1799 of the human BRAF kinase gene sequence...
April 19, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
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