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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346736/light-activatable-red-blood-cell-membrane-camouflaged-dimeric-prodrug-nanoparticles-for-synergistic-photodynamic-chemotherapy
#1
Qing Pei, Xiuli Hu, Xiaohua Zheng, Shi Liu, Yawei Li, Xiabin Jing, Zhigang Xie
Biomimetic approach offers numerous opportunities to design therapeutic platforms with enhanced antitumor performance and biocompatibility. Herein we report a novel red blood cell membrane-camouflaged nanoparticle (RBC(M(TPC-PTX))) for synergistic chemo- and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Specifically, the inner core is mainly constructed by reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive PTX dimer (PTX2-TK) and photosensitizer 5,10,15,20-tetraphenylchlorin (TPC). In vitro experiments show that the prepared RBC(M(TPC-PTX)) is readily taken up into endosomes...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346724/structural-and-biophysical-characterization-of-human-extl3-domain-organisation-glycosylation-and-solution-structure
#2
Wael Awad, Sven Kjellstrom, Gabriel Svensson Birkedal, Katrin Mani, Derek Thomas Logan
Heparan sulfate proteoglycans are proteins substituted with one or more heparan sulfate (HS) polysaccharides, found in abundance at cell surfaces. HS chains influence the activity of many biologically important molecules involved in cellular communication and signaling. The exostosin (EXT) proteins are glycosyltransferases in the Golgi apparatus that assemble HS chains on HSPGs. The EXTL3 enzyme mainly works as an initiator in HS biosynthesis. In this work, human lumenal N-glycosylated EXTL3 (EXTL3ΔN) was cloned, expressed in human embryonic kidney cells and purified...
January 18, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346322/regioselective-synthesis-of-procyanidin-b6-a-4-6-condensed-catechin-dimer-by-intramolecular-condensation
#3
Yusuke Higashino, Taisuke Okamoto, Kazuki Mori, Takashi Kawasaki, Masahiro Hamada, Noriyuki Nakajima, Akiko Saito
Proanthocyanidins, also known as condensed tannins or oligomeric flavonoids, are found in many edible plants and exhibit interesting biological activities. Herein, we report a new, simple method for the stereoselective synthesis of procyanidin B6, a (+)-catechin-(4-6)-(+)-catechin dimer, by Lewis acid-catalyzed intramolecular condensation. The 5-O-t-butyldimethylsilyl (TBDMS) group of 5,7,3'4'-tetra-O-TBDMS-(+)-catechin was regioselectively removed using trifluoroacetic acid, leading to the "regio-controlled" synthesis of procyanidin B6...
January 18, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346185/higher-art-adherence-is-associated-with-lower-systemic-inflammation-in-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-ugandans-who-achieve-virologic-suppression
#4
Jose R Castillo-Mancilla, Mary Morrow, Yap Boum, Helen Byakwaga, Jessica E Haberer, Jeffrey N Martin, David Bangsberg, Samantha Mawhinney, Nicholas Musinguzi, Yong Huang, Russell P Tracy, Tricia H Burdo, Kenneth Williams, Conrad Muzoora, Peter W Hunt, Mark J Siedner
BACKGROUND: Residual systemic inflammation persists despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART) and is associated with non-AIDS clinical outcomes. We aimed to evaluate the association between ART adherence and inflammation in Ugandans living with HIV who were predominantly receiving nevirapine-based ART with a thymidine analog backbone and were virologically suppressed by conventional assays. METHODS: Plasma concentrations of interleukin-6 (IL-6), D-dimer, soluble (s)CD14, sCD163, the kynurenine/tryptophan (K/T) ratio, in addition to CD8 T-cell activation, were measured at baseline and 6 months after ART initiation in treatment-naïve adults who achieved an undetectable plasma HIV RNA (<400 copies/mL) at their 6-month visit...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345926/investigation-on-the-thermodynamic-dissociation-kinetics-of-photosystem-ii-supercomplexes-to-determine-the-binding-strengths-of-light-harvesting-complexes
#5
Eunchul Kim, Ryutaro Tokutsu, Jun Minagawa
The photosystem II (PSII) supercomplex splits water utilizing light energy, and is composed of a core dimer-complex surrounded by light-harvesting complexes (LHCs). In green algae, the major LHCs which are LHCII trimers, have thus far been categorized into strongly, moderately, or loosely binding LHCII trimers based on their predicted binding to core complexes. However, the binding energies have been indirectly predicted based on the presence or absence of LHCII trimers in the PSII supercomplex under electron microscopy, and have not been determined experimentally...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345913/non-centrosymmetric-rbnamgp2o7-with-unprecedented-thermo-induced-enhancement-of-second-harmonic-generation
#6
Sangen Zhao, Xiaoyan Yang, Yi Yang, Xiaojun Kuang, Fengqi Lu, Pai Shan, Zhihua Sun, Zheshuai Lin, Maochun Hong, Junhua Luo
It is of great difficulty to obtain deep-UV transparent materials with enhanced second harmonic generation (SHG), mainly limited by the theoretically poor transparency of these materials in the deep-UV spectral region. Here we report a new non-centrosymmetric, deep-UV transparent phosphate RbNaMgP2O7, which undergoes a thermo-induced reversible phase transition (at a high temperature of 723 K) and correspondingly an evident SHG enhancement up to ~1.5 times. The phase transition is aroused by the twist of [P2O7]4- dimers with deviation from the P-O-P equilibrium positions...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345698/aerogen-bonds-formed-between-aeof2-ae-kr-xe-and-diazines-comparisons-between-%C3%AF-hole-and-%C3%AF-hole-complexes
#7
Wiktor Zierkiewicz, Mariusz Michalczyk, Steve Scheiner
The interaction between KrOF2 or XeOF2 and the 1,2, 1,3, and 1,4 diazines is characterized chiefly by a Kr/XeN aerogen bond, as deduced from ab initio calculations. The most stable dimers take advantage of the σ-hole on the aerogen atom, wherein the two molecules lie in the same plane. The interaction is quite strong, as much as 18 kcal mol-1. A second class of dimer geometry utilizes the π-hole above the aerogen atom in an approximate perpendicular arrangement of the two monomers; these structures are not as strongly bound: 6-8 kcal mol-1...
January 18, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345458/synthesis-of-magnetite-semiconductor-metal-trimer-nanoparticles-through-functional-modular-assembly-a-magnetically-separable-photocatalyst-with-photothermic-enhancement-for-water-reduction
#8
Fei Pang, Ruifang Zhang, Dengpeng Lan, Jianping Ge
Hybrid nanoparticles have intrinsic advantages to achieve better activity in photocatalysis compared to single component materials, as it can synergistically combine functional components which promote light absorption, charge transportation, surface reaction and catalyst regeneration. Through functional modular assembly, a rational and stepwise approach has been developed to construct Fe3O4-CdS-Au trimer nanoparticles and its derivatives as magnetically separable catalysts for photothermo-catalytic hydrogen evolution from water...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344966/quorum-sensing-molecule-dihydroxy-2-3-pentanedione-and-its-analogs-as-regulators-of-epithelial-integrity
#9
S Elmanfi, X Ma, H O Sintim, E Könönen, S Syrjänen, U K Gursoy
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Quorum-sensing molecules regulate the behavior of bacteria within biofilms and at the same time elicit an immune response in host tissues. Our aim was to investigate the regulatory role of dihydroxy-2,3-pentanedione (DPD), the precursor of universal autoinducer-2 (AI-2), and its analogs (ethyl-DPD, butyl-DPD and isobutyl-DPD) in the integrity of gingival epithelial cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Human gingival keratinocytes were incubated with four concentrations (10 μmol L-1 , 1 μmol L-1 , 100 nmol L-1 and 10 nmol L-1 ) of DPD and its analogs for 24 hours...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344841/association-of-d-dimer-with-plaque-characteristics-and-plasma-biomarkers-of-oxidation-specific-epitopes-in-stable-subjects-with-coronary-artery-disease
#10
Hema Kothari, Anh T Nguyen, Xiaohong Yang, Yohei Hisada, Sotirios Tsimikas, Nigel Mackman, Angela Taylor, Coleen A McNamara
D-dimer has emerged as a biomarker of cardiovascular event risk, yet pathophysiological factors associated with plasma D-dimer levels in stable coronary artery disease (CAD) subjects are poorly understood. In 106 stable CAD subjects undergoing intravascular ultrasound with virtual histology (IVUS-VH), we measured D-dimer, lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)), plasminogen, biomarkers reflecting oxidation-specific epitopes (OSE) such as oxidized phospholipids on apolipoprotein B-100 (OxPL-apoB), OxPL on plasminogen (OxPL-PLG), and autoantibodies to phosphorylcholine-BSA [PC-BSA] and a malondialdehyde [MDA] mimotope...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343868/galectin-13-a-different-prototype-galectin-does-not-bind-%C3%AE-galacto-sides-and-forms-dimers-via-intermolecular-disulfide-bridges-between-cys-136-and-cys-138
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Jiyong Su, Yue Wang, Yunlong Si, Jin Gao, Chenyang Song, Linlin Cui, Runjie Wu, Guihua Tai, Yifa Zhou
During pregnancy, placental protein-13 (galectin-13) is highly expressed in the placenta and fetal tissue, and less so in maternal serum that is related to pre-eclampsia. To understand galectin-13 function at the molecular level, we solved its crystal structure and discovered that its dimer is stabilized by two disulfide bridges between Cys136 and Cys138 and six hydrogen bonds involving Val135, Val137, and Gln139. Native PAGE and gel filtration demonstrate that this is not a crystallization artifact because dimers also form in solution...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343861/sensing-native-protein-solution-structures-using-a-solid-state-nanopore-unraveling-the-states-of-vegf
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Nitinun Varongchayakul, Diana Huttner, Mark W Grinstaff, Amit Meller
Monitoring individual proteins in solution while simultaneously obtaining tertiary and quaternary structural information is challenging. In this study, translocation of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) protein through a solid-state nanopore (ssNP) produces distinct ion-current blockade amplitude levels and durations likely corresponding to monomer, dimer, and higher oligomeric states. Upon changing from a non-reducing to a reducing condition, ion-current blockage events from the monomeric state dominate, consistent with the expected reduction of the two inter-chain VEGF disulfide bonds...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343524/antitumor-properties-of-raf709-a-highly-selective-and-potent-inhibitor-of-raf-kinase-dimers-in-tumors-driven-by-mutant-ras-or-braf
#13
Wenlin Shao, Yuji Mishina, Yun Feng, Giordano Caponigro, Vesselina G Cooke, Stacy Rivera, Yingyun Wang, Fang Shen, Joshua M Korn, Lesley Mathews Griner, Gisele Nishiguchi, Alice Rico, John Tellew, Jacob Haling, Robert Aversa, Valery R Polyakov, Richard Zang, Mohammad Hekmat-Nejad, Payman Amiri, Mallika Singh, Nicholas Keen, Michael P Dillon, Emma Lees, Savithri Ramurthy, William R Sellers, Darrin D Stuart
Resistance to the RAF inhibitor vemurafenib arises commonly in melanomas driven by the activated BRAF oncogene. Here we report antitumor properties of RAF709, a novel ATP-competitive kinase inhibitor with high potency and selectivity against RAF kinases. RAF709 exhibited a mode of RAF inhibition distinct from RAF monomer inhibitors such as vemurafenib, showing equal activity against both RAF monomers and dimers. As a result, RAF709 inhibited MAPK signaling activity in tumor models harboring either BRAFV600 alterations or mutant N- and KRAS-driven signaling, with minimal paradoxical activation of wild-type RAF...
January 17, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343502/taking-deterministic-control-of-membrane-protein-monomer-dimer-measurements
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Karen G Fleming
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2018: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342507/the-role-of-autophagy-in-the-degradation-of-misfolded-hla-b27-heavy-chains
#15
Fatemeh Navid, Gerlinde Layh-Schmitt, Keith A Sikora, Antony Cougnoux, Robert A Colbert
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether autophagy is involved in the degradation of misfolded HLA-B27 in experimental spondyloarthritis. METHODS: Bone marrow derived macrophages from HLA-B27 and human β2 m (hβ2 m) transgenic rats were examined with and without IFNγ and proteasome or autophagy inhibitors. Immunoprecipitation, western blotting, and immunofluorescence were used to measure HLA-B27 heavy chains and autophagy. Autophagy was induced using rapamycin. HLA-B7/hβ2 m transgenic and wild type rat macrophages were used as controls...
January 17, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342322/an-ethenoadenine-fad-analog-accelerates-uv-dimer-repair-by-dna-photolyase
#16
Madhavan Narayanan, Vijay R Singh, Goutham Kodali, Katarina Moravcevic, Robert J Stanley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342139/structure-and-mutagenesis-reveal-essential-capsid-protein-interactions-for-kshv-replication
#17
Xinghong Dai, Danyang Gong, Hanyoung Lim, Jonathan Jih, Ting-Ting Wu, Ren Sun, Z Hong Zhou
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) causes Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancer that commonly affects patients with AIDS and which is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The KSHV capsid is highly pressurized by its double-stranded DNA genome, as are the capsids of the eight other human herpesviruses. Capsid assembly and genome packaging of herpesviruses are prone to interruption and can therefore be targeted for the structure-guided development of antiviral agents. However, herpesvirus capsids-comprising nearly 3,000 proteins and over 1,300 Å in diameter-present a formidable challenge to atomic structure determination and functional mapping of molecular interactions...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342138/%C3%AE-klotho-is-a-non-enzymatic-molecular-scaffold-for-fgf23-hormone-signalling
#18
Gaozhi Chen, Yang Liu, Regina Goetz, Lili Fu, Seetharaman Jayaraman, Ming-Chang Hu, Orson W Moe, Guang Liang, Xiaokun Li, Moosa Mohammadi
The ageing suppressor α-klotho binds to the fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR). This commits FGFR to respond to FGF23, a key hormone in the regulation of mineral ion and vitamin D homeostasis. The role and mechanism of this co-receptor are unknown. Here we present the atomic structure of a 1:1:1 ternary complex that consists of the shed extracellular domain of α-klotho, the FGFR1c ligand-binding domain, and FGF23. In this complex, α-klotho simultaneously tethers FGFR1c by its D3 domain and FGF23 by its C-terminal tail, thus implementing FGF23-FGFR1c proximity and conferring stability...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341636/pair-potential-with-submillikelvin-uncertainties-and-nonadiabatic-treatment-of-the-halo-state-of-the-helium-dimer
#19
Michał Przybytek, Wojciech Cencek, Bogumił Jeziorski, Krzysztof Szalewicz
The pair potential for helium is computed with accuracy improved by an order of magnitude relative to the best previous determination. For the well region, its uncertainties are now below 1 millikelvin. The main improvement is due to the use of explicitly correlated wave functions at the nonrelativistic Born-Oppenheimer (BO) level of theory. The diagonal BO and the relativistic corrections are obtained from large full configuration interaction calculations. Nonadiabatic perturbation theory is used to predict the properties of the halo state of the helium dimer...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341511/age-adjusted-d-dimer-for-exclusion-of-pulmonary-embolism-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#20
D Monks, A Neill, D Barton, A Moughty, A McFeely, A Timmons, S Hatton, D McMorrow
D-Dimer (DD) will increase with age and recent studies have shown the upper limit of normal can be raised in those who are low risk and over 50. We studied age adjusted D-dimer (AADD) levels to assess whether pulmonary embolism (PE) could be safely excluded. This study analysed the Emergency Department (ED) Computed Tomographic Pulmonary Angiography (CTPA) requests. There were 756 requests. The parameters studied were; age, DD value, calculated AADD, CT result and Simplified Geneva Score (SGS). The primary outcome was the diagnostic performance of AADD...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
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