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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330212/paper-wasp-nest-mediated-biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-for-antimicrobial-catalytic-anticoagulant-and-thrombolytic-applications
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Agbaje Lateef, Monsurat A Akande, Sunday A Ojo, Bolaji I Folarin, Evariste B Gueguim-Kana, Lorika S Beukes
Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using nest extract of paper wasp (Polistes sp) was investigated in this work. The AgNPs were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and evaluated for antibacterial, antifungal, dye degradation, blood anticoagulation, and blood clot dissolution (thrombolytic) activities. The crystalline polydispersed AgNPs with size range of 12.5-95.55 nm absorbed maximally at 428 nm and showed anisotropic structures of sphere, triangle, hexagon, rod, and rhombus...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330072/molecular-dynamic-simulations-of-escherichia-coli-l-asparaginase-to-illuminate-its-role-in-deamination-of-asparagine-and-glutamine-residues
#2
Rajeswara Reddy Erva, Satish Babu Rajulapati, Chandrasai Potla Durthi, Mayuri Bhatia, Madhuri Pola
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is an outrageous disease worldwide. L-Asparagine (L-Asn) and L-Glutamine (L-Gln) deamination play a crucial role in ALL treatment. Role of Elspar(®) (L-asparaginase from Escherichia coli) in regulation of L-Asn and L-Gln has been confirmed by the other researchers through experimental studies. Therapeutic research against ALL remained elusive with the lack of information on molecular interactions of Elspar(®) with amino acid substrates. In the present study, using different docking tools binding cavities, key residues in binding and ligand binding mechanisms were identified...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329729/prodrugs-of-triterpenoids-and-their-derivatives
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REVIEW
Meng Zhou, Rong-Hong Zhang, Min Wang, Guo-Bo Xu, Shang-Gao Liao
Triterpenoids are structurally diverse organic compounds that exist widely as natural products. Triterpenoids and their derivatives possess a wide range of biological effects including hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and antitumor activities. In particular, the lupane-, oleanane-, and ursane-type triterpenes have been reported to exhibit pharmacological effects without prominent toxicity even at higher concentrations. Whereas, the poor drug-like properties (e...
March 6, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328321/ultrafast-and-predictive-mass-spectrometry-based-autotaxin-assays-for-label-free-potency-screening
#4
Tom Bretschneider, Andreas Harald Luippold, Helmut Romig, Daniel Bischoff, Klaus Klinder, Paul Nicklin, Wolfgang Rist
Autotaxin (ATX) is a promising drug target for the treatment of several diseases, such as cancer and fibrosis. ATX hydrolyzes lysophosphatidyl choline (LPC) into bioactive lysophosphatidic acid (LPA). The potency of ATX inhibitors can be readily determined by using fluorescence-based LPC derivatives. While such assays are ultra-high throughput, they are prone to false positives compared to assays based on natural LPC. Here we report the development of ultrafast mass spectrometry-based ATX assays enabling the measurement of data points within 13 s, which is 10 times faster than classic liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry...
April 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328318/toward-discovery-of-novel-microtubule-targeting-agents-a-snap-tag-based-high-content-screening-assay-for-the-analysis-of-microtubule-dynamics-and-cell-cycle-progression
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Nina Berges, Katharina Arens, Verena Kreusch, Rainer Fischer, Stefano Di Fiore
Microtubule targeting agents (MTAs) are used for the treatment of cancer. Novel MTAs could provide additional and beneficial therapeutic options. To improve the sensitivity and throughput of standard immunofluorescence assays for the characterization of MTAs, we used SNAP-tag technology to produce recombinant tubulin monomers. To visualize microtubule filaments, A549 cells transfected with SNAP-tubulin were stained with a membrane-permeable, SNAP-reactive dye. The treatment of SNAP-tubulin cells with stabilizing MTAs such as paclitaxel resulted in the formation of coarsely structured microtubule filaments, whereas depolymerizing MTAs such as nocodazole resulted in diffuse staining patterns in which the tubulin filaments were no longer distinguishable...
April 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328150/yolk-shell-nanostructure-an-ideal-architecture-to-achieve-harmonious-integration-of-magnetic-plasmonic-hybrid-theranostic-platform
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Li-Sen Lin, Xiangyu Yang, Zijian Zhou, Zhen Yang, Orit Jacobson, Yijing Liu, Angela Yang, Gang Niu, Jibin Song, Huang-Hao Yang, Xiaoyuan Chen
Magnetic-plasmonic hybrid nanoparticles (MPHNs) have attracted great interest in cancer theranostics. However, the relaxivity of the magnetic component is typically reduced by the plasmonic component in conventional core-shell structured MPHNs, due to the presence of a water-impenetrable coating which severely restricts the proximity of protons to the magnetic portion. To circumvent this issue, yolk-shell structured MPHNs comprising a Fe3 O4 core within a hollow cavity encircled by a porous Au outer shell are designed...
March 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328075/role-of-amino-acids-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-studied-by-metabolomics
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Min He, Amy C Harms, Eduard van Wijk, Mei Wang, Ruud Berger, Slavik Koval, Thomas Hankemeier, Jan van der Greef
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex, chronic autoimmune disease characterized by various inflammatory symptoms, including joint swelling, joint pain, and both structural and functional joint damage. The most commonly used animal model for studying RA is mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA); the wide use of this model is due primarily to many similarities with RA in human patients. Metabolomics is used increasingly in biological studies for diagnosing disease and for predicting and evaluating drug interventions, as a large number of disease-associated metabolites can be analyzed and interpreted from a biological perspective...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328032/product-ion-tandem-mass-spectrometric-differentiation-of-regioisomeric-side-chain-groups-in-cathinone-derivatives
#8
Younis Abiedalla, Jack DeRuiter, C Randall Clark
RATIONALE: Precursor materials are available to prepare aminoketone drugs containing regioisomeric propyl and isopropyl side-chain groups related to the drug alpha-pyrrovalerone (Flakka) and MDPV (3,4-methylenedioxypyrrovalerone). These compounds yield equivalent regioisomeric iminium cation base peaks in electron ionization mass spectrometry (EI-MS). METHODS: The propyl and isopropyl side-chain groups related to alpha-pyrrovalerone and MDPV were prepared and evaluated in EI-MS and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) product ion experiments...
July 30, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328020/detection-of-glutathione-conjugates-of-amiodarone-and-its-reactive-diquinone-metabolites-in-rat-bile-using-mass-spectrometry-tools
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Keyur R Parmar, Shalu Jhajra, Saranjit Singh
RATIONALE: Amiodarone is reported to cause hepato and pulmonary toxicity in humans, which has been envisaged to be due to formation of its reactive metabolites, essentially based on its structural similarity to benzbromarone, a drug withdrawn from the market due to reasons of similar hepatotoxicity. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to detect glutathione conjugates of amiodarone and its reactive diquinone metabolites in rat bile using mass spectrometry tools. METHODS: Wistar rats were dosed orally with an amiodarone suspension and bile was collected via bile duct cannulation followed by solid-phase extraction, protein precipitation and centrifugation...
May 30, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327797/bacterial-immunostat-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-lipids-and-their-role-in-the-host-immune-response
#10
Adriano Queiroz, Lee W Riley
The lipid-rich cell wall of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a dynamic structure that is involved in the regulation of the transport of nutrients, toxic host-cell effector molecules, and anti-tuberculosis drugs. It is therefore postulated to contribute to the long-term bacterial survival in an infected human host. Accumulating evidence suggests that M. tuberculosis remodels the lipid composition of the cell wall as an adaptive mechanism against host-imposed stress. Some of these lipid species (trehalose dimycolate, diacylated sulphoglycolipid, and mannan-based lipoglycans) trigger an immunopathologic response, whereas others (phthiocerol dimycocerosate, mycolic acids, sulpholipid-1, and di-and polyacyltrehalose) appear to dampen the immune responses...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327793/insights-into-cytochrome-bc1-complex-binding-mode-of-antimalarial-2-hydroxy-1-4-naphthoquinones-through-molecular-modelling
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Ana Carolina Rennó Sodero, Bárbara Abrahim-Vieira, Pedro Henrique Monteiro Torres, Pedro Geraldo Pascutti, Célia Rs Garcia, Vitor Francisco Ferreira, David Rodrigues da Rocha, Sabrina Baptista Ferreira, Floriano Paes Silva
BACKGROUND: Malaria persists as a major public health problem. Atovaquone is a drug that inhibits the respiratory chain of Plasmodium falciparum, but with serious limitations like known resistance, low bioavailability and high plasma protein binding. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to perform molecular modelling studies of 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinones analogues of atovaquone on the Qo site of P. falciparum cytochrome bc1 complex (Pfbc1) to suggest structural modifications that could improve their antimalarial activity...
April 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327740/molecular-dynamics-simulations-elucidate-conformational-selection-and-induced-fit-mechanisms-in-the-binding-of-pd-1-and-pd-l1
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Wenping Liu, Bing Huang, Yashu Kuang, Guangjian Liu
Blockage of the interactions between immunologic checkpoint protein PD-1 and its ligand PD-L1 showed efficacy for cancer treatment. X-ray structures have captured static conformational snapshots of PD-1 and revealed that the CC' loop adopts an open conformation in the apo-protein but turns into a closed form and interacts with PD-L1 in the complex. This structural heterogeneity brings difficulties for structure-based drug discovery targeting PD-1. To gain insights into the role of the CC' loop in molecular recognition, we have undertaken a comparative study between the open and closed conformations in apo-PD-1 and the PD-1/PD-L1 complex using molecular dynamics simulations...
March 22, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327712/structural-transformation-of-vesicles-formed-by-a-polystyrene-b-poly-acrylic-acid-polystyrene-b-poly-4-vinyl-pyridine-mixture-from-symmetric-to-asymmetric-membranes
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Zhen Geng, Yuanyuan Han, Wei Jiang
Asymmetric vesicles with different inner and outer corona compositions are applicable in microreactors, drug delivery, and biomimics because of their unique functions in membrane permeability and protein localization. In this study, we develop a novel approach to construct asymmetric vesicles and demonstrate the first structural transformation of polymeric vesicles from symmetric to asymmetric membranes. Experimental results and Monte Carlo simulation results clearly reveal that increased intercorona repulsion and enhanced hydrophobic chain mobility are essential to realize this transformation...
March 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327656/synthesis-of-norbornene-derived-helical-copolymer-by-simple-molecular-marriage-approach-to-produce-smart-nanocarrier
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Shivshankar R Mane, Ashlin Sathyan, Raja Shunmugam
A novel library of norbornene derived helical copolymer has been synthesized through the coupling of two homopolymers via Molecular Marriage Approach. The helicity is governed by the non-covalent interactions like hydrogen bonding, π-π stacking and the influence of hydrophobic and hydrophilic motifs. The detailed characterization of the copolymer (Copoly 1) has been provided and the super structures are confirmed through dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326774/%C3%AE-functionalization-of-indolin-2-one-derived-aliphatic-acids-for-the-divergent-synthesis-of-spirooxindole-%C3%AE-butyrolactones
#15
Jing Cao, Shuding Dong, Delu Jiang, Peiyu Zhu, Han Zhang, Rui Li, Zhanyi Li, Xuanyu Wang, Weifang Tang, Ding Du
β-Functionalization of indolin-2-one-derived aliphatic acids has been applied in formal [3+2] annualtions for catalyst-free and divergent synthesis of two series of structurally interesting 3, 3'-spirooxindole γ-butyrolactones that may be attractive for potential drug discovery. These findings also pave the way for further diversity-oriented synthesis of spirooxindoles starting from indolin-2-one-derived aliphatic acids or their derivatives.
March 22, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326324/three-dimensional-human-cardiac-tissue-engineered-by-centrifugation-of-stacked-cell-sheets-and-cross-sectional-observation-of-its-synchronous-beatings-by-optical-coherence-tomography
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Yuji Haraguchi, Akiyuki Hasegawa, Katsuhisa Matsuura, Mari Kobayashi, Shin-Ichi Iwana, Yasuhiro Kabetani, Tatsuya Shimizu
Three-dimensional (3D) tissues are engineered by stacking cell sheets, and these tissues have been applied in clinical regenerative therapies. The optimal fabrication technique of 3D human tissues and the real-time observation system for these tissues are important in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, cardiac physiology, and the safety testing of candidate chemicals. In this study, for aiming the clinical application, 3D human cardiac tissues were rapidly fabricated by human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell-derived cardiac cell sheets with centrifugation, and the structures and beatings in the cardiac tissues were observed cross-sectionally and noninvasively by two optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326224/role-and-mechanism-of-action-of-leucine-rich-repeat-kinase-1-in-bone
#17
REVIEW
Weirong R Xing, Helen Goodluck, Canjun Zeng, Subburaman Mohan
Leucine-rich repeat kinase 1 (LRRK1) plays a critical role in regulating cytoskeletal organization, osteoclast activity, and bone resorption with little effect on bone formation parameters. Deficiency of Lrrk1 in mice causes a severe osteopetrosis in the metaphysis of the long bones and vertebrae bones, which makes LRRK1 an attractive alternative drug target for the treatment of osteoporosis and other high-turnover bone diseases. This review summarizes recent advances on the functions of the Lrrk1-related family members, Lrrk1 deficiency-induced skeletal phenotypes, LRRK1 structure-function, potential biological substrates and interacting proteins, and the mechanisms of LRRK1 action in osteoclasts...
2017: Bone Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325716/coproporphyrin-i-a-fluorescent-endogenous-optimal-probe-substrate-for-abcc2-mrp2-that-is-suitable-for-vesicle-based-mrp2-inhibition-assay
#18
Ravindranath Reddy Gilibili, Sagnik Chatterjee, Pravin Bagul, Kthleen W Mosure, Bokka Venkata Murali, T Thanga Mariappan, Sandhya Mandlekar, Yurong Lai
Inside-out-oriented membrane vesicles are useful tools to investigate whether a compound can be an inhibitor of efflux transporters such as multidrug-resistance associated protein 2 (MRP2). However, because of technical limitations of substrate diffusion and low dynamic uptake windows for interacting drugs used in clinic, estradiol-17β-glucuronide (E17βG) remains the probe substrate frequently used in MRP2 inhibition assays. Here we re-capitulated the sigmoidal kinetics of MRP2 mediated uptake of E17βG, with apparent Km and Vmax values 170 ±17 μM and 1447 ± 137 pmol/mg protein/min, respectively...
March 21, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325603/a-path-based-approach-to-assessing-molecular-complexity
#19
John R Proudfoot
An atom environment, path based approach to calculating molecular complexity is described. Based on Shannon's equation, the method transforms the number and diversity of paths emanating from an atom to an atom-complexity from which a number of molecular complexity measures are derived. The method is independent of explicitly predefined features such as ring membership, bond types, chirality or symmetry. These path-based measures of complexity can distinguish subtle differences in molecular structure and an application to the visualization of marketed drugs, including a number of biologics, is presented...
March 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325527/collaborative-pharmacist-prescribing-within-the-opioid-substitution-treatment-program-in-south-australia-patient-and-pharmacist-views
#20
Phuong-Phi Le, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Caroline Laurence
There is a shortage of medical practitioners able and/or willing to prescribe OST. This qualitative study investigated an alternative model of care where by pharmacists co-prescribed with an accredited doctor for OST patients. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews with 14 OST patients were conducted at a state government drug and alcohol clinic about their views on pharmacist prescribing OST for them. In the second phase of the study, three focus group interviews with 18 pharmacists were conducted to explore their views on a policy proposal which would allow them to co-prescribe for OST patients...
February 27, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
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