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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102400/using-chiral-ionic-liquid-additives-to-enhance-asymmetric-induction-in-a-diels-alder-reaction
#1
P Goodrich, H Q Nimal Gunaratne, L Hall, Y Wang, L Jin, M J Muldoon, A P C Ribeiro, A J L Pombeiro, V I Pârvulescu, P Davey, C Hardacre
A bis-oxazoline ligand has been complexed using Cu(ii) and Zn(ii) trifluoromethanesulfonate and a range of chiral ionic liquid (CIL) additives based on natural products were used as a co-catalyst for a Diels-Alder reaction. The catalytic performance of these systems was compared for the asymmetric Diels-Alder reaction between N-acryloyloxazolidinone and cyclopentadiene with and without the presence of a CIL additive. In the absence of the CIL, both catalysts resulted in low enantioselectivities in conventional solvents and ionic liquids...
January 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102324/antiproliferative-and-apoptosis-inducing-effect-of-exo-protoporphyrin-ix-based-sonodynamic-therapy-on-human-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#2
Yanhong Lv, Jinhua Zheng, Qi Zhou, Limin Jia, Chunying Wang, Nian Liu, Hong Zhao, Hang Ji, Baoxin Li, Wenwu Cao
Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is an innovative modality for cancer treatment. But the biological effect of SDT on oral squamous cell carcinoma has not been studied. Our previous study has shown that endo-Protoporphyrin IX based SDT (ALA-SDT) could induce apoptosis in human tongue squamous carcinoma SAS cells through mitochondrial pathway. Herein, we investigated the effect of exo- Protoporphyrin based SDT (PpIX-SDT) on SAS cells in vitro and in vivo. We demonstrated that PpIX-SDT increased the ratio of cells in the G2/M phase and induced 3-4 times more cell apoptosis compared to sonocation alone...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101462/identification-and-molecular-characterization-of-genes-coding-pharmaceutically-important-enzymes-from-halo-thermo-tolerant-bacillus
#3
Azam Safary, Rezvan Moniri, Maryam Hamzeh-Mivehroud, Siavoush Dastmalchi
Purpose: Robust pharmaceutical and industrial enzymes from extremophile microorganisms are main source of enzymes with tremendous stability under harsh conditions which make them potential tools for commercial and biotechnological applications. Methods: The genome of a Gram-positive halo-thermotolerant Bacillus sp. SL1, new isolate from Saline Lake, was investigated for the presence of genes coding for potentially pharmaceutical enzymes. We determined gene sequences for the enzymes laccase (CotA), l-asparaginase (ansA3, ansA1), glutamate-specific endopeptidase (blaSE), l-arabinose isomerase (araA2), endo-1,4-β mannosidase (gmuG), glutaminase (glsA), pectate lyase (pelA), cellulase (bglC1), aldehyde dehydrogenase (ycbD) and allantoinases (pucH) in the genome of Bacillus sp...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100600/suitability-of-the-carbapenem-inactivation-method-cim-to-detect-imp-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
#4
Kyoichi Saito, Ryuichi Nakano, Yuki Suzuki, Akiyo Nakano, Yoshihiko Ogawa, Shinsuke Yonekawa, Shiro Endo, Fumiko Mizuno, Kei Kasahara, Keiichi Mikasa, Mitsuo Kaku, Hisakazu Yano
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have become globally distributed in the past decade, resulting in concern over control of hospital infections and antimicrobial therapies (1. 2).….
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096653/applicability-of-automatic-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-for-glaucoma-mass-screening
#5
Tadashi Nakano, Takeshi Hayashi, Toru Nakagawa, Toru Honda, Satoshi Owada, Hitoshi Endo, Masayuki Tatemichi
PURPOSE: To perform a preliminary evaluation of the applicability of automatic spectral domain optical coherence tomography (ASD-OCT) for glaucoma mass screening in a population-based setting. METHODS: Information using ASD-OCT (thicknesses of the macular retinal nerve fiber layer [mRNFL], disc retinal nerve fiber layer [dRNFL], ganglion cell layer [GCL] + inner plexiform layer [IPL]; GCL+, and ganglion cell complex [GCL + IPL + RNFL; GCL++]) was obtained from 245 eyes of 123 glaucomatous subjects and 1,454 eyes of 727 normal subjects...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096453/programmable-formation-of-catalytic-rna-triangles-and-squares-by-assembling-modular-rna-enzymes
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Hiroki Oi, Daisuke Fujita, Yuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Sugiyama, Masayuki Endo, Shigeyoshi Matsumura, Yoshiya Ikawa
RNA is a biopolymer that is attractive for constructing nanoscale objects with complex structures. Three-dimensional (3D) structures of naturally occurring RNAs often have modular architectures. The 3D structure of a group I (GI) ribozyme from Tetrahymena has a typical modular architecture, which can be separated into two structural modules (ΔP5 and P5abc). The fully active ribozyme can be reconstructed by assembling the two separately prepared modules through highly specific and strong assembly between ΔP5 ribozyme and P5abc RNA...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096437/phase-angle-predicts-arterial-stiffness-and-vascular-calcification-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
#7
Margarida Sarmento-Dias, Carla Santos-Araújo, Rui Poínhos, Bruno Oliveira, Maria Sousa, Liliana S Silva, Isabel S Silva, Flora Correia, Manuel Pestana
♦ Objectives: Fluid overload (FO) is frequently present in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients and is associated with markers of malnutrition, inflammation, and atherosclerosis/calcification (MIAC) syndrome. We examined the relationships in stable PD patients between phase angle (PhA) and the spectrum of uremic vasculopathy including vascular calcification and arterial stiffness and between PhA and changes in serum fetuin-A levels. ♦ Methods: Sixty-one stable adult PD patients were evaluated in a cross-sectional study (ST1)...
January 17, 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096396/tuning-the-ion-selectivity-of-two-pore-channels
#8
Jiangtao Guo, Weizhong Zeng, Youxing Jiang
Organellar two-pore channels (TPCs) contain two copies of a Shaker-like six-transmembrane (6-TM) domain in each subunit and are ubiquitously expressed in plants and animals. Interestingly, plant and animal TPCs share high sequence similarity in the filter region, yet exhibit drastically different ion selectivity. Plant TPC1 functions as a nonselective cation channel on the vacuole membrane, whereas mammalian TPC channels have been shown to be endo/lysosomal Na(+)-selective or Ca(2+)-release channels. In this study, we performed systematic characterization of the ion selectivity of TPC1 from Arabidopsis thaliana (AtTPC1) and compared its selectivity with the selectivity of human TPC2 (HsTPC2)...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094801/electronegative-ldl-mediated-cardiac-electrical-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease
#9
An-Sheng Lee, Wei-Yu Chen, Hua-Chen Chan, Ching-Hu Chung, Hsien-Yu Peng, Chia-Ming Chang, Ming-Jai Su, Chu-Huang Chen, Kuan-Cheng Chang
The mechanisms underlying chronic kidney disease (CKD)-associated higher risks for life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias remain poorly understood. In rats subjected to unilateral nephrectomy (UNx), we examined cardiac electrophysiological remodeling and relevant mechanisms predisposing to ventricular arrhythmias. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent UNx (n = 6) or sham (n = 6) operations. Eight weeks later, the UNx group had higher serum blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels and a longer electrocardiographic QTc interval than did the sham group...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093931/usefulness-of-human-papillomavirus-detection-in-oral-rinse-as-a-biomarker-of-oropharyngeal-cancer
#10
Hiroshi Yoshida, Shigeyuki Murono, Takayoshi Ueno, Yosuke Nakanishi, Akira Tsuji, Miyako Hatano, Kazuhira Endo, Satoru Kondo, Hisashi Sugimoto, Naohiro Wakisaka, Tomokazu Yoshizaki
CONCLUSION: The detection of human papillomavirus (HPV)-DNA in oral rinse with auto-nested GP5+/GP6 + PCR is useful as a biomarker of oropharyngeal cancer. BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the usefulness of oral rinse to detect HPV-DNA as a biomarker of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer (OPC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and ten patients with various head and neck diseases, including 19 patients with OPC, were enrolled. Oral rinse and tonsillar swab were collected, and auto-nested GP5+/GP6 + PCR for HPV-DNA was performed...
January 17, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093589/selective-bond-breaking-of-co2-in-phase-locked-two-color-intense-laser-fields-laser-field-intensity-dependence
#11
Tomoyuki Endo, Hikaru Fujise, Yuuna Kawachi, Ayaka Ishihara, Akitaka Matsuda, Mizuho Fushitani, Hirohiko Kono, Akiyoshi Hishikawa
Selective bond breaking of CO2 in phase-locked ω-2ω two-color intense laser fields (λ = 800 nm and 400 nm, total field intensity I ∼ 10(14) W cm(-2)) has been investigated by coincidence momentum imaging. The CO(+) and O(+) fragment ions produced by two-body Coulomb explosion, CO2(2+) → CO(+) + O(+), exhibit asymmetric distributions along the laser polarization direction, showing that one of the two equivalent C-O bonds is selectively broken by the laser fields. At a field intensity higher than 2 × 10(14) W cm(-2), the largest fragment asymmetry is observed when the relative phase ϕ between the ω and 2ω laser fields is ∼0 and π...
January 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093054/impact-of-psychological-stress-on-pain-perception-in-an-animal-model-of-endometriosis
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Siomara Hernandez, Myrella L Cruz, Inevy I Seguinot, Annelyn Torres-Reveron, Caroline B Appleyard
PURPOSE: Pain in patients with endometriosis is considered a significant source of stress but does not always correlate with severity of the condition. We have demonstrated that stress can worsen endometriosis in an animal model. Here, we tested the impact of a psychological stress protocol on pain thresholds and pain receptors. METHODS: Endometriosis was induced in female rats by suturing uterine horn tissue next to the intestinal mesentery. Sham rats had sutures only...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092104/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-gingival-crevicular-fluids-from-deciduous-and-permanent-teeth
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Yumi Moriya, Takashi Obama, Toshihiro Aiuchi, Tomomi Sugiyama, Yumiko Endo, Yoko Koide, Emiko Noguchi, Motonori Ishizuka, Mitsuko Inoue, Hiroyuki Itabe, Matsuo Yamamoto
AIM: Gingivitis commonly progresses to periodontitis in permanent dentition but rarely in deciduous teeth. Little is known about the biochemical differences between gingiva of deciduous and permanent teeth. Here we compared the protein profiles of gingival crevicular fluids (GCF) from the gingiva of deciduous and permanent teeth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty children with mixed dentition (Hellman's dental age IIIA) were selected and GCF samples were collected from deciduous cuspids and central incisors in the maxilla...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091627/development-of-a-single-step-immunoassay-microdevice-based-on-a-graphene-oxide-containing-hydrogel-possessing-fluorescence-quenching-and-size-separation-functions
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Akihiro Shirai, Kaho Nakashima, Kenji Sueyoshi, Tatsuro Endo, Hideaki Hisamoto
An immunoassay, which is an indispensable analytical method both in biological research and in medical fields was successfully integrated into a "single-step" by developing a microdevice composed of a graphene oxide (GO)-containing hydrogel and a poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microchannel array with a polyethylene glycol (PEG) coating containing a fluorescently-labelled antibody. Here we used 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) as a monomer that is easily, and homogeneously, mixed with GO to synthesize the hydrogel...
January 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091546/prebiotic-galactooligosaccharides-activate-mucin-and-pectic-galactan-utilization-pathways-in-the-human-gut-symbiont-bacteroides-thetaiotaomicron
#15
Alicia Lammerts van Bueren, Marieke Mulder, Sander van Leeuwen, Lubbert Dijkhuizen
Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) are prebiotic carbohydrates that impart changes in the gut bacterial composition of formula-fed infants to more closely resemble that of breast-fed infants. Consuming human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) provides specific bacterial strains with an advantage for colonizing the infant intestine. These same effects are seen in infants after GOS consumption, however GOS are very complex mixtures and the underlying molecular mechanisms of how GOS mimic HMOs are relatively unknown. Here we studied the effects of GOS utilization on a prominent gut symbiont, Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, which has been previously shown to consume HMOs via mucin O-glycan degradation pathways...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087533/polysaccharide-degradation-capability-of-actinomycetales-soil-isolates-from-a-semi-arid-grassland-of-the-colorado-plateau
#16
Chris M Yeager, La Verne Gallegos-Graves, John Dunbar, Cedar N Hesse, Hajnalka Daligault, Cheryl R Kuske
: Among the bacteria, members of the Actinomycetales are considered quintessential degraders of complex polysaccharides in soils. However, studies examining complex polysaccharide degradation by Actinomycetales (other than Streptomyces spp.) in soils are limited. Here, we examine the lignocellulolytic and chitinolytic potential of 112 Actinomycetales strains, encompassing 13 families, isolated from a semi-arid grassland of the Colorado Plateau, Utah, USA. Members of the Streptomycetaceae, Pseudonocardiaceae, Micromonosporaceae and Promicromonosporaceae exhibited robust activity against carboxymethylcellulose, xylan, chitin and pectin substrates (except for low/no pectinase activity by the Micromonosporaceae)...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078726/dissecting-the-cytochrome-p450-1a2-and-3a4-mediated-metabolism-of-aflatoxin-b1-in-ligand-and-protein-contributions
#17
Lars Olsen, Flemming S Jørgensen, Silvia Bonomo
Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) is a chemically intriguing compound because it has several potential sites of metabolism (SOMs) while only some of them are observed experimentally. Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 and 1A2 are the major isoforms involved in its metabolism. Here, we systematically investigate reactivity and accessibility of all possible SOMs in these two CYPs to elucidate AFB1 metabolism. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were used to determine activation energies for each possible reaction. Aliphatic hydroxylation on position 9A and 3α are energetically favored, whereas position 9 is the preferred site for epoxidation...
January 12, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077461/human-rif1-and-protein-phosphatase-1-stimulate-dna-replication-origin-licensing-but-suppress-origin-activation
#18
Shin-Ichiro Hiraga, Tony Ly, Javier Garzón, Zuzana Hořejší, Yoshi-Nobu Ohkubo, Akinori Endo, Chikashi Obuse, Simon J Boulton, Angus I Lamond, Anne D Donaldson
The human RIF1 protein controls DNA replication, but the molecular mechanism is largely unknown. Here, we demonstrate that human RIF1 negatively regulates DNA replication by forming a complex with protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) that limits phosphorylation-mediated activation of the MCM replicative helicase. We identify specific residues on four MCM helicase subunits that show hyperphosphorylation upon RIF1 depletion, with the regulatory N-terminal domain of MCM4 being particularly strongly affected. In addition to this role in limiting origin activation, we discover an unexpected new role for human RIF1-PP1 in mediating efficient origin licensing...
January 11, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076461/an-in-vitro-evaluation-of-various-irrigation-techniques-for-the-removal-of-double-antibiotic-paste-from-root-canal-surfaces
#19
Hakan Gokturk, Ismail Ozkocak, Fevzi Buyukgebiz, Osman Demir
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of conventional syringe irrigations, passive ultrasonic irrigation (PUI), Vibringe, CanalBrush, XP-endo Finisher, and laser-activated irrigation (LAI) systems in removing double antibiotic paste (DAP) from root canals. Material and Methods: One hundred five extracted single-rooted teeth were instrumented. The roots were split longitudinally. Three standard grooves were created and covered with DAP...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075586/determining-substrate-specificities-of-%C3%AE-1-4-endo-galactanases-using-plant-arabinogalactan-oligosaccharides-synthesized-by-automated-glycan-assembly
#20
Max Peter Bartetzko, Frank Schuhmacher, Peter H Seeberger, Fabian Pfrengle
Pectin is a structurally complex plant polysaccharide with many industrial applications in food products. The structural elucidation of pectin is aided by digestion assays with glycosyl hydrolases. We report the automated glycan assembly of oligosaccharides related to the arabinogalactan side chains of pectin as novel biochemical tools to determine the substrate specificities of endo-galactanases. Analysis of the digestion products revealed different requirements for the lengths and arabinose substitution pattern of the oligosaccharides to be recognized and hydrolyzed by the galactanases...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
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