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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637250/use-of-spytag-spycatcher-to-construct-bispecific-antibodies-that-target-two-epitopes-of-a-single-antigen
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Kyohei Yumura, Hiroki Akiba, Satoru Nagatoishi, Osamu Kusano-Arai, Hiroko Iwanari, Takao Hamakubo, Kouhei Tsumoto
Bispecific antibody targeting of two different antigens is promising, but when fragment-based antibodies are used, homogeneous production is difficult. To overcome this difficulty, we developed a method using the SpyTag/SpyCatcher system in which a covalent bond is formed between the two polypeptides. Using this method, we constructed a bispecific antibody that simultaneously interacted with two different epitopes of ROBO1, a membrane protein associated with cancer progression. A bispecific tetravalent antibody with an additional functional moiety was also constructed by using a dimeric biotin-binding protein...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637186/cpg-and-methylation-dependent-dna-binding-and-dynamics-of-the-methylcytosine-binding-domain-2-protein-at-the-single-molecule-level
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Hai Pan, Stephanie M Bilinovich, Parminder Kaur, Robert Riehn, Hong Wang, David C Williams
The methylcytosine-binding domain 2 (MBD2) protein recruits the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase complex (NuRD) to methylated DNA to modify chromatin and regulate transcription. Importantly, MBD2 functions within CpG islands that contain 100s to 1000s of potential binding sites. Since NuRD physically rearranges nucleosomes, the dynamic mobility of this complex is directly related to function. In these studies, we use NMR and single-molecule atomic force microscopy and fluorescence imaging to study DNA binding dynamics of MBD2...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637176/dissociation-of-striatal-dopamine-and-tyrosine-hydroxylase-expression-from-aging-related-motor-decline-evidence-from-calorie-restriction-intervention
#3
Michael F Salvatore, Jennifer Terrebonne, Mark A Cantu, Tamara R McInnis, Katy Venable, Parker Kelley, Ella A Kasanga, Brian Latimer, Catherine L Owens, Brandon S Pruett, Yongmei Yu, Robert Luedtke, Michael J Forster, Nathalie Sumien, Donald K Ingram
The escalating increase in retirees living beyond their 8th decade brings increased prevalence of aging-related impairments, including locomotor impairment (Parkinsonism) which may affect ~50% of those reaching age 80, but has no confirmed neurobiological mechanism. Lifestyle strategies that attenuate motor decline, and its allied mechanisms, must be identified. Aging studies report little to moderate loss of striatal dopamine (DA) or tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) in nigrostriatal terminals, in contrast to ~70-80% loss associated with bradykinesia onset in Parkinson's disease...
June 20, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636918/actin-filament-strain-promotes-severing-and-cofilin-dissociation
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Anthony C Schramm, Glen M Hocky, Gregory A Voth, Laurent Blanchoin, Jean-Louis Martiel, Enrique M De La Cruz
Computational and structural studies have been indispensable in investigating the molecular origins of actin filament mechanical properties and modulation by the regulatory severing protein cofilin. All-atom molecular dynamics simulations of cofilactin filament structures determined by electron cryomicroscopy reveal how cofilin enhances the bending and twisting compliance of actin filaments. Continuum mechanics models suggest that buckled cofilactin filaments localize elastic energy at boundaries between bare and cofilin-decorated segments because of their nonuniform elasticity, thereby accelerating filament severing...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636910/prp40-homolog-a-is-a-novel-centrin-target
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Adalberto Díaz Casas, Walter J Chazin, Belinda Pastrana-Ríos
Pre-mRNA processing protein 40 (Prp40) is a nuclear protein that has a role in pre-mRNA splicing. Prp40 possesses two leucine-rich nuclear export signals, but little is known about the function of Prp40 in the export process. Another protein that has a role in protein export is centrin, a member of the EF-hand superfamily of Ca(2+)-binding proteins. Prp40 was found to be a centrin target by yeast-two-hybrid screening using both Homo sapiens centrin 2 (Hscen2) and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii centrin (Crcen). We identified a centrin-binding site within H...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636820/experimental-and-theoretical-study-of-ionic-pair-dissociation-in-lithium-ion-linear-polyethyleneimine-polyacrylonitrile-blend-for-solid-polymer-electrolytes
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Fernando Pignanelli, Mariano Romero, Ricardo Faccio, Álvaro W Mombrú
Herein, we report the preparation and characterization of novel polymeric blend between linear polyethylene imine (PEI) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN), with the purpose to facilitate the dissociation of lithium perchlorate salt (LiClO4) and thus to enhance Li-ion transport. It is a joint theoretical and experimental procedure for evaluating and thus demonstrating, the lithium salt dissociation. The procedure implies the correlation between theoretical pair distribution function (PDF) and conventional X-rays diffraction (XRD) by means of molecular dynamics (MD) approach...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636641/development-of-a-range-of-fluorescent-reagentless-biosensors-for-atp-based-on-malonyl-coenzyme-a-synthetase
#7
Renée Vancraenenbroeck, Simone Kunzelmann, Martin R Webb
The range of ATP concentrations that can be measured with a fluorescent reagentless biosensor for ATP has been increased by modulating its affinity for this analyte. The ATP biosensor is an adduct of two tetramethylrhodamines with MatB from Rhodopseudomonas palustris. Mutations were introduced into the binding site to modify ATP binding affinity, while aiming to maintain the concomitant fluorescence signal. Using this signal, the effect of mutations in different parts of the binding site was measured. This mutational analysis revealed three variants in particular, each with a single mutation in the phosphate-binding loop, which had potentially beneficial changes in ATP binding properties but preserving a fluorescence change of ~3-fold on ATP binding...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636364/charge-shift-corrected-electronegativities-and-the-effect-of-bond-polarity-and-substituents-on-covalent-ionic-resonance-energy
#8
Andrew M James, Croix J Laconsay, John Morrison Galbraith
Bond dissociation energies and resonance energies for HnA-BHm molecules (A, B = H, C, N, O, F, Cl, Li, and Na) have been determined in order to re-evaluate the concept of electronegativity in the context of modern valence bond theory. Following Pauling's original scheme, and using the rigorous definition of the covalent-ionic resonance energy provided by the breathing orbital valence bond method, we have derived a charge-shift corrected electronegativity scale for H, C, N, O, F, Cl, Li, and Na. Atomic charge shift character is defined using a similar approach resulting in values of 0...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636358/transferable-atom-centered-potentials-for-the-correction-of-basis-set-incompleteness-errors-in-density-functional-theory
#9
Alberto Otero-de-la-Roza, Gino A DiLabio
Recent progress in the accurate calculation of non-covalent interactions has enabled density-functional theory (DFT) to model systems relevant in biological and supramolecular chemistry. The application of DFT methods using atom-centered Gaussian basis sets to large systems is limited by the number of basis functions required to accurately model thermochemistry and, in particular, weak intermolecular interactions. Basis-set incompleteness error (BSIE) arising from the use of incomplete basis sets leads to erroneous intermolecular energies, bond dissociation energies, and structures...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636344/ruthenium-complexes-are-ph-activated-metallo-prodrugs-phamps-with-light-triggered-selective-toxicity-toward-cancer-cells
#10
Fengrui Qu, Seungjo Park, Kristina Martinez, Jessica L Gray, Fathima Shazna Thowfeik, John A Lundeen, Ashley E Kuhn, David J Charboneau, Deidra L Gerlach, Molly M Lockart, James A Law, Katherine L Jernigan, Nicole Chambers, Matthias Zeller, Nicholas A Piro, W Scott Kassel, Russell H Schmehl, Jared J Paul, Edward J Merino, Yonghyun Kim, Elizabeth T Papish
Metallo prodrugs that take advantage of the inherent acidity surrounding cancer cells have yet to be developed. We report a new class of pH-activated metallo prodrugs (pHAMPs) that are activated by light- and pH-triggered ligand dissociation. These ruthenium complexes take advantage of a key characteristic of cancer cells and hypoxic solid tumors (acidity) that can be exploited to lessen the side effects of chemotherapy. Five ruthenium complexes of the type [(N,N)2Ru(PL)](2+) were synthesized, fully characterized, and tested for cytotoxicity in cell culture (1A: N,N = 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy) and PL, the photolabile ligand, = 6,6'-dihydroxybipyridine (6,6'-dhbp); 2A: N,N = 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and PL = 6,6'-dhbp; 3A: N,N = 2,3-dihydro-[1,4]dioxino[2,3-f][1,10]phenanthroline (dop) and PL = 6,6'-dhbp; 4A: N,N = bipy and PL = 4,4'-dimethyl-6,6'-dihydroxybipyridine (dmdhbp); 5A: N,N = 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and PL = 4,4'-dihydroxybipyridine (4,4'-dhbp)...
June 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636308/redox-sensitive-nanoscale-coordination-polymers-for-drug-delivery-and-cancer-theranostics
#11
Jiayue Zhao, Yu Yang, Xiao Han, Chao Liang, Jingjing Liu, Xuejiao Song, Zili Ge, Zhuang Liu
Nanoscale coordination polymers (NCPs) with inherent biodegradability, chemical diversities, and porous structures, are a promising class of nanomaterials in the nanomedicine field. Herein, a unique type of redox sensitive NCPs is constructed with manganese ions (Mn2+) and dithiodiglycolic acid as the disulfide (SS) containing organic bridging ligand. The obtained Mn-SS NCPs with mesoporous structure could be efficiently loaded with doxorubicin (DOX), a chemotherapeutics. The yielded Mn-SS/DOX nanoparticles are coated with a layer of polydopamine (PDA) and then modified by polyethylene glycol (PEG)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636012/does-h4so5-exist
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Fernando Murillo, Alba Vargas-Caamal, Sudip Pan, José Luis Cabellos, Miguel J Mora-Fonz, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, Albeiro Restrepo, Gabriel Merino
The possible existence of H4SO5 in aqueous sulfuric acid is analyzed in detail. For bare H4SO5, the computed free energy barrier for the exergonic transformation of H4SO5 into the H2SO4H2O complex is only 3.8 kcal mol(-1). The presence of water or sulfuric acid catalyzes the dehydration to such an extent that it becomes almost a barrierless process. In the gas phase, dehydration of H4SO5 is an autocatalytic reaction as the water molecule produced by the decomposition of one H4SO5 molecule induces further dissociation...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636002/electronic-structure-and-time-dependent-description-of-rotational-predissociation-of-lih
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P Jasik, J E Sienkiewicz, J Domsta, N E Henriksen
The adiabatic potential energy curves of the (1)Σ(+) and (1)Π states of the LiH molecule were calculated. They correlate asymptotically to atomic states, such as 2s + 1s, 2p + 1s, 3s + 1s, 3p + 1s, 3d + 1s, 4s + 1s, 4p + 1s and 4d + 1s. A very good agreement was found between our calculated spectroscopic parameters and the experimental ones. The dynamics of the rotational predissociation process of the 1(1)Π state were studied by solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The classical experiment of Velasco [Can...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635274/oxidation-state-dependent-binding-properties-of-the-active-site-in-a-mo-containing-formate-dehydrogenase
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William E Robinson, Arnau Bassegoda, Erwin Reisner, Judy Hirst
Molybdenum-containing formate dehydrogenase H from Escherichia coli (EcFDH-H) is a powerful model system for studies of the reversible reduction of CO2 to formate. However, the mechanism of FDH catalysis is currently debated, and whether the primary Mo coordination sphere remains saturated or one of the ligands dissociates to allow direct substrate binding during turnover is disputed. Here, we describe how oxidation state-dependent changes at the active site alter its inhibitor binding properties. Using protein film electrochemistry we show that formate oxidation by EcFDH-H is inhibited strongly and competitively by N3-, OCN-, SCN-, NO2- and NO3-, whereas CO2 reduction is inhibited only weakly and not competitively...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634786/inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activity-by-aminoguanidine-alleviates-neuroinflammation-induced-by-hyperglycemia
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Yuanjian Song, Fang Zhang, Changjiang Ying, Kiran Ashok Kumar, Xiaoyan Zhou
Neuroinflammation is a key feature of cerebral complication which is associated with diabetes mellitus (DM). Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is implicated in the pathogenesis of neuroinflammation. However, how iNOS facilitates the development of inflammation in brain is still unidentified. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of iNOS and neuroinflammation in diabetic mice, and elucidate the potential mechanisms underlying aminoguanidine (AG), the selective inhibitor of iNOS, protected neurons against inflammation in diabetic mice...
June 20, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634761/unveiling-the-compositional-variety-of-cardiolipins-in-rhodobacter-sphaeroides-by-liquid-chromatography-with-electrospray-ionization-and-multistage-collision-induced-dissociation-mass-spectrometry
#16
Sara Granafei, Ilario Losito, Massimo Trotta, Angela Agostiano, Francesco Palmisano, Tommaso R I Cataldi
Cardiolipins (CL) contained in the lipid extracts of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides (strain R26) were systematically characterized by reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, performed in single (MS), tandem (MS/MS) and sequential (MS(3)) modes using a linear ion trap mass spectrometer. The total number of carbon atoms and C=C bonds of each CL and, subsequently, those related to each of the constituting phosphatidic acid (PA) units, along with the location of the latter on the central glycerol backbone, were inferred from MS and MS/MS data, respectively...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634756/a-high-throughput-targeted-and-non-targeted-method-for-the-analysis-of-microcystins-and-anatoxin-a-using-on-line-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-to-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#17
Xavier Ortiz, Eva Korenkova, Karl J Jobst, Karen A MacPherson, Eric J Reiner
Microcystins are cyclic heptapeptide hepatotoxins produced by cyanobacteria in freshwater. Sample preparation for the analysis of these cyanotoxins in water from algal blooms can take up to several days due to the matrix complexity and the low detection limits required to comply with current legislation. Moreover, there is a large number of unknown microcystins that could potentially exist in the environment resulting from different amino acid substitutions into the microcystin skeletal structure. To tackle these problems, the present study involved the development of a high throughput method based on on-line solid phase extraction coupled to liquid chromatography that could provide quantitative results for 12 microcystin variants (LR, YR, RR, HtyR, HilR, WR, LW, LA, LF, LY, Dha(7)-LR, and Dha(7)-RR) and anatoxin-A in less than 3 h with detection limits between 0...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634335/ordered-hydroxyls-on-ca3ru2o7-001
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Daniel Halwidl, Wernfried Mayr-Schmölzer, David Fobes, Jin Peng, Zhiqiang Mao, Michael Schmid, Florian Mittendorfer, Josef Redinger, Ulrike Diebold
As complex ternary perovskite-type oxides are increasingly used in solid oxide fuel cells, electrolysis and catalysis, it is desirable to obtain a better understanding of their surface chemical properties. Here we report a pronounced ordering of hydroxyls on the cleaved (001) surface of the Ruddlesden-Popper perovskite Ca3Ru2O7 upon water adsorption at 105 K and subsequent annealing to room temperature. Density functional theory calculations predict the dissociative adsorption of a single water molecule (E ads = 1...
June 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634006/testosterone-differentially-affects-t-cells-and-neurons-in-murine-and-human-models-of-neuroinflammation-and-neurodegeneration
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Megan G Massa, Christina David, Stefanie Jörg, Johannes Berg, Barbara Gisevius, Sarah Hirschberg, Ralf A Linker, Ralf Gold, Aiden Haghikia
The high female-to-male sex ratio of multiple sclerosis (MS) prevalence has continuously confounded researchers, especially in light of male patients' accelerated disease course at later stages of MS. Although multiple studies have concentrated on estrogenic mechanisms of disease modulation, fairly little attention has been paid to androgenic effects in a female system, and even fewer studies have attempted to dissociate hormonal effects on the neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory processes of MS. Herein, we demonstrate the differential effects of hormone treatment on the acute inflammatory and chronic neurodegenerative phases of murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis...
July 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633369/fine-subdivisions-of-the-semantic-network-supporting-social-and-sensory-motor-semantic-processing
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Nan Lin, Xiaoying Wang, Yangwen Xu, Xiaosha Wang, Huimin Hua, Ying Zhao, Xingshan Li
Neuroimaging studies have consistently indicated that semantic processing involves a brain network consisting of multimodal cortical regions distributed in the frontal, parietal, and temporal lobes. However, little is known about how semantic information is organized and processed within the network. Some recent studies have indicated that sensory-motor semantic information modulates the activation of this network. Other studies have indicated that this network responds more to social semantic information than to other information...
June 15, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
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