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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933005/social-brain-hypothesis-vocal-and-gesture-networks-of-wild-chimpanzees
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Sam G B Roberts, Anna I Roberts
A key driver of brain evolution in primates and humans is the cognitive demands arising from managing social relationships. In primates, grooming plays a key role in maintaining these relationships, but the time that can be devoted to grooming is inherently limited. Communication may act as an additional, more time-efficient bonding mechanism to grooming, but how patterns of communication are related to patterns of sociality is still poorly understood. We used social network analysis to examine the associations between close proximity (duration of time spent within 10 m per hour spent in the same party), grooming, vocal communication, and gestural communication (duration of time and frequency of behavior per hour spent within 10 m) in wild chimpanzees...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931094/human-lysozyme-peptidase-resistance-is-perturbed-by-the-anionic-glycolipid-biosurfactant-rhamnolipid-produced-by-the-opportunistic-pathogen-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Kell K Andersen, Brian Stougaard Vad, Carsten Scavenius, Jan Johannes Enghild, Daniel Erik Otzen
Infection by the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is accompanied by the secretion of virulence factors such as the secondary metabolite rhamnolipid (RL) as well as an array of bacterial enzymes, including the protease elastase. The human immune system tries to counter this via defensive proteins such as human lysozyme (HLZ). HLZ targets the bacterial cell wall but may also have other antimicrobial activities. The enzyme contains four disulfide bonds and shows high thermodynamic stability and resistance to proteolytic attack...
December 8, 2016: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928588/investigation-of-the-binding-mode-of-1-3-4-oxadiazole-derivatives-as-amide-based-inhibitors-for-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-seh-by-molecular-docking-and-mm-gbsa
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Leila Karami, Ali Akbar Saboury, Elham Rezaee, Sayyed Abbas Tabatabai
The soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) enzyme plays an important role in the metabolism of endogenous chemical mediators involved in the regulation of blood pressure and inflammation. Inhibition of sEH provides a new approach to the treatment of inflammation, hypertension and atherosclerosis. In this study, the binding modes and inhibition mechanisms of the new oxadiazole-based amide inhibitors of the human soluble epoxide hydrolase were investigated by molecular docking and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation followed by the MM-GBSA method to calculate the binding free energy of each inhibitor to sEH...
December 7, 2016: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925387/microcomputed-tomography-evaluation-of-volumetric-shrinkage-of-bulk-fill-composites-in-class-ii-cavities
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Hamad Algamaiah, Camila S Sampaio, Lindiane C Rigo, Malvin N Janal, Marcelo Giannini, Estevam A Bonfante, Paulo G Coelho, Andre F Reis, Ronaldo Hirata
PURPOSE: This study aimed to quantify polymerization shrinkage of one conventional and three bulk-fill composites, under bonded and unbonded conditions, in Class II preparations using 3D microcomputed tomography (μCT) and report its location. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preparations (2.5 mm occlusal depth × 4 mm wide × 4 mm mesial box and 1 mm beyond the CEJ distal box depth) were made in 48 human extracted molars (n = 6). Four composites were tested, one regular (Vitalescence/VIT) and three bulk-fill: SureFil SDR Flow (SDR), Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill (TET), and Filtek flowable Bulk Fill (FIL)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925318/total-synthesis-of-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-dideoxymycobactin-838-and-stereoisomers-diverse-cd1a-restricted-t-cells-display-a-common-hierarchy-of-lipopeptide-recognition
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Janice Cheng, Ligong Liu, Daniel Pellicci, Scott Jj Reddiex, Rachel Cotton, Tan-Yun Cheng, David Young, Ildiko Van Rhijn, Branch Moody, Jamie Rossjohn, David Fairlie, Dale Godfrey, Spencer John Williams
Mycobacterium tuberculosis produces dideoxymycobactin-838 (DDM-838), a lipopeptide that potently activates T cells upon binding to the MHC-like antigen-presenting molecule CD1a. M. tuberculosis produces DDM-838 in only trace amounts and a previous solid-phase synthesis provided sub-milligram quantities. We describe a high yielding solution-phase synthesis of DDM-838 that features a Mitsunobu substitution that avoids yield-limiting epimerization at lysine during esterification, and amidation conditions that prevent double-bond isomerization of the Z-C20:1 acyl chain, and provides material with equivalent antigenicity to natural DDM-838...
December 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924911/realizing-a-facile-and-environmental-friendly-fabrication-of-high-performance-multi-crystalline-silicon-solar-cells-by-employing-zno-nanostructures-and-an-al2o3-passivation-layer
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Hong-Yan Chen, Hong-Liang Lu, Long Sun, Qing-Hua Ren, Hao Zhang, Xin-Ming Ji, Wen-Jun Liu, Shi-Jin Ding, Xiao-Feng Yang, David Wei Zhang
Nowadays, the multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cells dominate the photovoltaic industry. However, the current acid etching method on mc-Si surface used by firms can hardly suppress the average reflectance value below 25% in the visible light spectrum. Meanwhile, the nitric acid and the hydrofluoric contained in the etching solution is both environmental unfriendly and highly toxic to human. Here, a mc-Si solar cell based on ZnO nanostructures and an Al2O3 spacer layer is demonstrated. The eco-friendly fabrication is realized by low temperature atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 layer as well as ZnO seed layer...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924260/molecular-mechanisms-of-substrate-specificities-of-uridinecytidine-kinase
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Wataru Tanaka, Mitsuo Shoji, Fumiaki Tomoike, Yuzuru Ujiie, Kyohei Hanaoka, Ryuhei Harada, Megumi Kayanuma, Katsumasa Kamiya, Toyokazu Ishida, Ryoji Masui, Seiki Kuramitsu, Yasuteru Shigeta
A uridine-cytidine kinase (UCK) catalyzes the phosphorylation of uridine (Urd) and cytidine (Cyd) and plays a significant role in the pyrimidine-nucleotide salvage pathway. Unlike ordinary ones, UCK from Thermus thermophilus HB8 (ttCK) loses catalytic activity on Urd due to lack of a substrate binding ability and possesses an unusual amino acid, i.e. tyrosine 93 (Tyr93) at the binding site, whereas histidine (His) is located in the other UCKs. Mutagenesis experiments revealed that a replacement of Tyr93 by His or glutamine (Gln) recovered catalytic activity on Urd...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923639/disruption-of-a-putative-intersubunit-electrostatic-bond-enhances-agonist-efficacy-at-the-human-%C3%AE-1-glycine-receptor
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Brian T Welsh, Jelena Todorovic, Dean Kirson, Hunter M Allen, Michelle D Bayly, S John Mihic
Partial agonists have lower efficacies than compounds considered 'full agonists', eliciting submaximal responses even at saturating concentrations. Taurine is a partial agonist at the glycine receptor (GlyR), a member of the cys-loop ligand-gated ion channel superfamily. The molecular mechanisms responsible for agonism are not fully understood but evidence suggests that efficacy at these receptors is determined by conformational changes that occur early in the process of receptor activation. We previously identified a residue located near the human α1 glycine binding site (aspartate-97; D97) that, when mutated to arginine (D97R), results in GlyR channels opening spontaneously with a high open probability, mimicking the effects of saturating glycine concentrations on wildtype GlyR...
December 3, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923202/structure-based-optimization-of-salt-bridge-network-across-the-complex-interface-of-ptpn4-pdz-domain-with-its-peptide-ligands-in-neuroglioma
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Xian Xiao, Qiang-Hua He, Li-Yan Yu, Song-Qing Wang, Yang Li, Hua Yang, Ai-Hua Zhang, Xiao-Hong Ma, Yu-Jie Peng, Bing Chen
The PTP non-receptor type 4 (PTPN4) is an important regulator protein in learning, spatial memory and cerebellar synaptic plasticity; targeting the PDZ domain of PTPN4 has become as attractive therapeutic strategy for human neuroglioma. Here, we systematically examined the complex crystal structures of PTPN4 PDZ domain with its known peptide ligands; a number of charged amino acid residues were identified in these ligands and in the peptide-binding pocket of PDZ domain, which can constitute a complicated salt-bridge network across the complex interface...
November 30, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920527/pharmacokinetics-and-safety-of-dts-108-a-human-oligopeptide-bound-to-sn-38-with-an-esterase-sensitive-cross-linker-in-patients-with-advanced-malignancies-a-phase-i-study
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Romain Coriat, Sandrine J Faivre, Olivier Mir, Chantal Dreyer, Stanislas Ropert, Mohammed Bouattour, Robert Desjardins, François Goldwasser, Eric Raymond
BACKGROUND: DTS-108 is a hydrosoluble prodrug, where the SN-38 moiety is covalently linked to a 20-amino acid vector peptide by a specific esterase-sensitive cross-linker, releasing 7-ethyl-10-hydroxycampthotecin (SN-38) by esterase bond cleavage. METHODS: The pharmacokinetics of DTS-108, adverse events graded according to NCI-CTCv3.1, dose-limiting toxicities at cycle 1, the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), and the recommended Phase II dose (RP2D) of intravenous DTS-108 (1-2 hours) every 2 weeks were evaluated in a first-in-human Phase I study in patients with advanced/metastatic carcinomas, according to an accelerated dose escalation design...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920204/studies-on-the-detection-expression-glycosylation-dimerization-and-ligand-binding-properties-of-mouse-siglec-e
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Shoib Siddiqui, Flavio Schwarz, Stevan Springer, Zahra Khedri, Hai Yu, Lingquan Deng, Andrea Verhagen, Yuko Naito-Matsui, Weiping Jiang, Daniel Kim, Jie Zhou, Beibei Ding, Xi Chen, Nissi Varki, Ajit Varki
CD33-related Siglecs are a family of proteins widely expressed on innate immune cells. Binding of sialylated glycans or other ligands triggers signals that inhibit or activate inflammation. Immunomodulation by Siglecs has been extensively studied, but relationships between structure and functions are poorly explored. Here we present new data relating the structure and function of Siglec-E, the major CD33-related Siglec expressed on mouse neutrophils, monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells. We generated nine new rat monoclonal antibodies specific to mouse Siglec-E, with no cross-reactivity to Siglec-F...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919613/cellular-uptake-of-glucoheptoamidated-poly-amidoamine-pamam-g3-dendrimer-with-amide-conjugated-biotin-a-potential-carrier-of-anticancer-drugs
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Łukasz Uram, Magdalena Szuster, Aleksandra Filipowicz, Magdalena Zaręba, Elżbieta Wałajtys-Rode, Stanisław Wołowiec
In search for soluble derivatives of PAMAM dendrimers as potential carriers for hydrophobic drugs, the conjugates of PAMAM G3 with biotin, further converted into glycodendrimer with d-glucoheptono-1,4-lactone, were prepared. Polyamidoamine dendrimer (PAMAM) of third generation, G3 was functionalized with four biotin equivalents covalently attached to terminal amine nitrogens via amide bond G3(4B). The remaining 28 amine groups were blocked by glucoheptoamide substituents (gh) to give G3(4B28gh) or with one fluorescein equivalent (attached by reaction of G3(4B) with fluorescein isothiocyanate, FITC) via thiourea bond as FITC followed by exhaustive glucoheptoamidation to get G3(4B27gh1F)...
November 25, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916947/preparation-of-a-bis-gma-free-dental-resin-system-with-synthesized-fluorinated-dimethacrylate-monomers
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Shuzhen Luo, Wenbin Zhu, Fang Liu, Jingwei He
With the aim of reducing human exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) derivatives in dentistry, a fluorinated dimethacrylate monomer was synthesized to replace 2,2-bis[4-(2-hydroxy-3-methacryloy-loxypropyl)-phenyl]propane (Bis-GMA) as the base monomer of dental resin. After mixing with reactive diluent triethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA), fluorinated dimethacrylate (FDMA)/TEGDMA was prepared and compared with Bis-GMA/TEGDMA in physicochemical properties, such as double bond conversion (DC), volumetric shrinkage (VS), water sorption (WS) and solubility (WSL), flexural strength (FS) and modulus (FM)...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916811/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-primaquine-cinnamic-acid-conjugates-of-the-amide-and-acylsemicarbazide-type
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Kristina Pavić, Ivana Perković, Petra Gilja, Filip Kozlina, Katja Ester, Marijeta Kralj, Dominique Schols, Dimitra Hadjipavlou-Litina, Eleni Pontiki, Branka Zorc
In this paper design and synthesis of a scaffold comprising primaquine (PQ) motif and cinnamic acid derivatives (CADs) bound directly (compounds 3a-k) or via a spacer (compounds 7a-k) are reported. In the first series of compounds, PQ and various CADs were connected by amide bonds and in the second series by acylsemicarbazide functional groups built from the PQ amino group, CONHNH spacer and the carbonyl group originating from the CADs. PQ-CAD amides 3a-k were prepared by a simple one-step condensation reaction of PQ with a series of CAD chlorides (method A) or benzotriazolides 2 (method B)...
November 28, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916642/magnetic-hyperthermia-and-ph-responsive-effective-drug-delivery-to-the-sub-cellular-level-of-human-breast-cancer-cells-by-modified-cofe2o4-nanoparticles
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Yunok Oh, Madhappan Santha Moorthy, Panchanathan Manivasagan, Subramaniyan Bharathiraja, Junghwan Oh
Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MNPs) have been extensively utilized in a wide range of biomedical applications including magnetic hyperthermia agent. To improve the efficiency of the MNPs in therapeutic applications, in this study, we have synthesized CoFe2O4 nanoparticles and its surface was further functionalized with meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA). The anticancer agent, Doxorubucin (DOX) was conjugated with CoFe2O4@DMSA nanoparticle to evaluate the combined effects of thermotherapy and chemotherapy...
December 1, 2016: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916518/mechanism-of-structural-tuning-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-human-cellular-receptor-cd81-large-extracellular-loop
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Eva S Cunha, Pedro Sfriso, Adriana L Rojas, Adam Hospital, Modesto Orozco, Nicola G A Abrescia
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) enters into human hepatocytes via tetraspanin hCD81. HCV glycoprotein E2 recognizes the "head" subdomain of the large extracellular loop (LEL) of CD81 (hCD81LEL), but the precise mechanism of virus cell attachment and entry remains elusive. Here, by combining the structural analysis of a conspicuous number of crystallized CD81LEL molecules with molecular dynamics simulations, we show that the conformational plasticity of the hCD81LEL head subdomain is a molecular property of the receptor...
November 21, 2016: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915020/multifunctions-of-dual-zn-mg-ion-co-implanted-titanium-on-osteogenesis-angiogenesis-and-bacteria-inhibition-for-dental-implants
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Yiqiang Yu, Guodong Jin, Yang Xue, Donghui Wang, Xuanyong Liu, Jiao Sun
In order to improve the osseointegration and long-term survival of dental implants, it is urgent to develop a multifunctional titanium surface which would simultaneously have osteogeneic, angiogeneic and antibacterial properties. In this study, a potential dental implant material-dual Zn/Mg ion co-implanted titanium (Zn/Mg-PIII) was developed via plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII). The Zn/Mg-PIII surfaces were found to promote initial adhesion and spreading of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (rBMSCs) via the upregulation of the gene expression of integrin α1 and integrin β1...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914253/protein-conjugation-with-pamam-nanoparticles-microscopic-and-thermodynamic-analysis
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P Chanphai, E Froehlich, J S Mandeville, H A Tajmir-Riahi
PAMAM dendrimers form strong protein conjugates that are used in drug delivery systems. We report the thermodynamic and binding analysis of polyamidoamine (PAMAM-G4) conjugation with human serum albumin (HSA), bovine serum albumin (BSA) and milk beta-lactoglobulin (b-LG) in aqueous solution at physiological pH. Hydrophobicity played a major role in PAMAM-protein interactions with more hydrophobic b-LG forming stronger polymer-protein conjugates. Thermodynamic parameters showed PAMAM-protein bindings occur via hydrophobic and H-bonding contacts for b-LG, while van der waals and H-bonding interactions prevail in HSA and BSA-polymer conjugates...
November 27, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914252/synthesis-of-copper-containing-bioactive-glass-nanoparticles-using-a-modified-st%C3%A3-ber-method-for-biomedical-applications
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Kai Zheng, Xinyi Dai, Miao Lu, Norbert Hüser, Nicola Taccardi, Aldo R Boccaccini
Copper (Cu)-containing bioactive glasses (BGs) are attracting attention for bone regeneration and wound healing since they have bone-bonding capability and potential osteogenesis and angiogenesis properties. In this study, highly dispersed and spherical Cu-containing bioactive glass nanoparticles (Cu-BGNs) were successfully synthesized via a modified Stöber method. The content of incorporated Cu in the particles could be tailored by adjusting the amount of the added Cu precursor, a procedure that had no significant effects on the morphological and structural characteristics of the nanoparticles...
November 15, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909758/release-of-fluoride-from-orthodontic-adhesives-and-penetration-into-enamel
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Panita Suebsureekul, Smorntree Viteporn
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this work was to compare fluoride release from three orthodontic adhesives and fluoride penetration into the enamel surface. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 156 extracted human premolar teeth were randomly assigned to three experimental groups and one control group (without bonding) with 39 teeth per group. Brackets were bonded to teeth using Fuji Ortho LC(®), Illuminate(®), or Light Bond(®). The amount of fluoride released (ppm) into artificial saliva was measured by a fluoride ion-selective electrode connected to an ion analyzer on days 1, 3, 7, and 30...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
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