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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930470/structure-related-roles-for-the-conservation-of-the-hiv-1-fusion-peptide-sequence-revealed-by-nmr
#1
Soraya Serrano, Nerea Huarte, Edurne Rujas, David Andreu, Jose L Nieva, M Angeles Jimenez
Despite extensive characterization of the human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) hydrophobic fusion peptide (FP), the structure-function relationships underlying its extraordinary degree of conservation remain poorly understood. Specifically, the fact that the tandem repeat of the tripeptide FLGFLG is absolutely conserved suggests that high hydrophobicity may not suffice to unleash FP function. Here, we have compared the NMR structures adopted in nonpolar media by two FP surrogates, wtFP-tag and scrFP-tag, which had equal hydrophobicity but contained wild-type and scrambled core sequences LFLGFLG and FGLLGFL, respectively...
September 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930357/nanoparticle-encapsulation-in-vesicles-formed-by-amphiphilic-diblock-copolymers
#2
Junying Yang, Yi Hu, Rong Wang, Daiqian Xie
We investigated the co-assembly of nanoparticles P and amphiphilic diblock copolymers AB in selective solvents using a dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method. By controlling the nanoparticle concentration and the interaction parameter between the hydrophobic blocks and the solvents, we found that the aggregation morphology can be changed from rod-like micelles to disk-like micelles and further to vesicles. The ratio of the hydrophobic/hydrophilic block and the nanoparticle concentration largely affects the structural characteristics of vesicles and the dispersion of nanoparticles...
September 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930353/interplay-between-bulk-self-assembly-interfacial-and-foaming-properties-in-a-catanionic-surfactant-mixture-of-varying-composition
#3
José Ferreira, Alesya Mikhailovskaya, Alexis Chenneviere, Frédéric Restagno, Fabrice Cousin, François Muller, Jéril Degrouard, Anniina Salonen, Eduardo F Marques
The self-aggregation, surface properties and foamability of the catanionic surfactant mixture cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/sodium octyl sulfonate (SOSo) have been investigated to obtain insight on the relation between bulk nanostructures, surfactant packing, and foam stability and aging. Light microscopy, SANS, cryo-TEM, DLS, surface tension, rheometry and direct photography were used to characterize mixtures with varying CTAB molar fraction, xCTAB. In the bulk, self-assembly is richer in the excess CTAB region than in the excess SOSo one...
September 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930097/dipole-switch-induced-modification-of-the-emissive-response-of-carbon-nanotubes
#4
Mareen Gläske, Pascal Bluemmel, Sabrina Juergensen, Antonio Setaro, Stephanie Reich
The interaction of carbon nanotubes with the molecular dipole switch spiropyran is expected to affect the optical response of the tubes. Until now, the need of anchor groups to immobilize the switches on the tubes has hindered experimental observation of effects of switching on the emission behavior of the tubes. Here we present spiropyran-carbon nanotubes complexes obtained by micelle swelling. This method does not require any anchor nor sophisticated chemistry to warrant close tube-switch proximity. For the first time we observe the shifts predicted theoretically and their effect on the tubes' excitation and emission energies...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929997/seasonal-variation-in-the-composition-and-processing-characteristics-of-herd-milk-with-varying-proportions-of-milk-from-spring-calving-and-autumn-calving-cows
#5
Yingchen Lin, James A O'Mahony, Alan L Kelly, Timothy P Guinee
The study investigated the seasonal changes in the compositional, physicochemical and processing characteristics of milk from a mixed-herd of spring- and autumn-calving cows during the year 2014-2015. The volume proportion of autumn-calving milk (% of total milk) varied with season, from ~10-20 in Spring (March-May), 5-13 in Summer (June-August), 20-40 in Autumn (September-November) and 50-100 in Winter (December-February). While all characteristics varied somewhat from month to month, variation was inconsistent, showing no significant trend with progression of time (year)...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929994/effect-of-chelators-on-functionality-of-milk-protein-concentrates-obtained-by-ultrafiltration-at-a-constant-ph-and-temperature
#6
Lata Ramchandran, XiaoXia Luo, Todor Vasiljevic
Modulating conditions during ultrafiltration of skim milk appears to be a feasible strategy to obtain milk protein concentrates (MPC) with tailored functionalities. Adjustment of pH and process temperature attenuated properties of casein micelle resulting in enhanced emulsification capacity. Additional pre-treatment options such as addition of calcium chelators can further impact on the functionality of MPC by modifying the calcium distribution and casein micelle integrity. The objective of the project was to establish effects of pre-treating skim milk with calcium chelators (EDTA or citrate) in concentrations between 10 to 30 mm prior to UF on the physical properties of the feed, corresponding retentates and dried MPC, including particle size, zeta potential and calcium distribution in skim milk and the corresponding retentates, as well as the physical functionalities such as solubility, heat stability and emulsifying properties...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928523/influence-of-ph-and-salt-concentration-on-functional-properties-of-walnut-protein-from-different-extraction-methods
#7
Haifang Hu, Tao Fan, Xiaoyan Zhao, Xiaowei Zhang, Yali Sun, Hongkai Liu
The effect of pH and NaCl on solubility and functional properties of walnut proteins obtained through AOT reverse micelles, enzyme-assisted reverse micelles and aqueous phase extraction methods was investigated and compared. Extraction yield, foaming properties, water holding capacities of protein obtained through enzyme-assisted reverse micelles at pH 2-12 and NaCl concentration 0.1-1 M were significantly higher than those of the AOT reverse micelles and aqueous phase extracted two. The solubility of proteins by AOT reverse micelles and enzyme-assisted reverse micelles at certain pH and NaCl concentration had no significant difference, but was higher that of the aqueous buffer...
August 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927587/ph-responsive-carboxymethyl-chitosan-derived-micelles-as-apatinib-carriers-for-effective-anti-angiogenesis-activity-preparation-and-in-vitro-evaluation
#8
Yixing Dai, Shuo Wang, Weibin Shi, Meidong Lang
In this study, carboxymethyl chitosan-graft-poly-(ε-caprolactone) copolymers (CMCS-g-PCL) were synthesized and used to encapsulate apatinib to prepare apatinib-loaded CMCS-g-PCL (CPA) micelles. CPA micelles' sizes were 100-150nm at pH 7.4 while aggregated to 300-350nm at pH 6.4, and the release rate at pH 6.4 was faster than pH 7.4, indicating CPA micelles have a pH-responsive activity. Furthermore, the release rate decreased with an increased grafting ratio of CMCS-g-PCL, which was shown by the results of release experiments from CPA-2 to CPA-10 micelles...
November 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927409/biological-and-physicochemical-properties-of-biosurfactants-produced-by-lactobacillus-jensenii-p6a-and-lactobacillus-gasseri-p65
#9
I M C Morais, A L Cordeiro, G S Teixeira, V S Domingues, R M D Nardi, A S Monteiro, R J Alves, E P Siqueira, V L Santos
BACKGROUND: Lactobacillus species produce biosurfactants that can contribute to the bacteria's ability to prevent microbial infections associated with urogenital and gastrointestinal tracts and the skin. Here, we described the biological and physicochemical properties of biosurfactants produced by Lactobacillus jensenii P6A and Lactobacillus gasseri P65. RESULTS: The biosurfactants produced by L. jensenii P6A and L. gasseri P65 reduced the water surface tension from 72 to 43...
September 19, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927008/can-more-nanoparticles-induce-larger-viscosities-of-nanoparticle-enhanced-wormlike-micellar-system-newms
#10
Mingwei Zhao, Yue Zhang, Chenwei Zou, Caili Dai, Mingwei Gao, Yuyang Li, Wenjiao Lv, Jianfeng Jiang, Yining Wu
There have been many reports about the thickening ability of nanoparticles on the wormlike micelles in the recent years. Through the addition of nanoparticles, the viscosity of wormlike micelles can be increased. There still exists a doubt: can viscosity be increased further by adding more nanoparticles? To answer this issue, in this work, the effects of silica nanoparticles and temperature on the nanoparticles-enhanced wormlike micellar system (NEWMS) were studied. The typical wormlike micelles (wormlike micelles) are prepared by 50 mM cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and 60 mM sodium salicylate (NaSal)...
September 18, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926067/3-aminoperylene-and-ascorbate-in-aqueous-sds-one-green-laser-flash-%C3%A2-and-action-sustainably-detoxifying-a-recalcitrant-chloro-organic
#11
Tim Kohlmann, Robert Naumann, Christoph Kerzig, Martin Goez
The hydrated electron represents a "super-reductant" in water, providing 2.9 eV of reductive power, which suffices to decompose nonactivated aliphatic halides. We show that 3-amino-perylene in SDS micelles, when combined with the bioavailable ascorbate as an extramicellar sacrificial donor, sustainably produces hydrated electrons through photoredox catalysis with green light, from a metal-free system, and at near-physiological pH. Photoionization of the amine with a 532 nm laser yields an extremely long-lived radical cation as the by-product, and a subsequent reaction of the latter with the sacrificial donor across the micelle/water interface regenerates the catalyst...
September 19, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925709/effect-of-hydrophobic-chain-length-on-the-stability-and-guest-exchange-behavior-of-shell-sheddable-micelles-formed-by-disulfide-linked-diblock-copolymers
#12
Haiyan Fan, Yixia Li, Jinxian Yang, Xiaodong Ye
Reduction-responsive micelles hold enormous promise for the application as drug carriers due to the fast drug release triggered by reducing conditions and high anticancer activity. However, the effect of hydrophobic chain length on the stability and guest exchange of reduction-responsive micelles, especially for the micelles formed by diblock copolymers containing single disulfide group, are not fully understood. Here, shell-sheddable micelles formed by a series of disulfide-linked copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(-caprolactone) (PEG-SS-PCL) containing the same chain length of PEG but different chain lengths of hydrophobic block PCL were prepared and well characterized...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925166/-comparison-of-pharmacokinetics-of-curcumin-in-rats-administered-with-two-kinds-of-polymeric-micelles
#13
Di Zhang, Qian Xu, Ke Liu, Hui Xu
To investigate the effect of end-capped modification of mPEG-PLA with Boc-phenylalanine(BP) on pharmacokinetic characteristics of curcumin(CUR) loaded micelles, and then provide experimental evidence for prescription optimization. Healthy male SD rats were randomly divided into three groups and they were intravenously administered with a single injection of CUR-mPEG-PLA micelles, CUR-mPEG-PLA-BP micelles and reference formulations DMSO solution(n=6). The doses were 20 mg•kg⁻¹ in term of CUR. Blood samples were collected before and after administration, and the concentration of curcumin in blood plasma was determined by HPLC to draw time-concentration curve...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924086/ultrasound-assisted-synthesis-of-hydroxylated-soybean-lecithin-from-crude-soybean-lecithin-as-an-emulsifier
#14
Pranali P Chiplunkar, Amit P Pratap
Soybean lecithin is a by-product obtained during degumming step of crude soybean oil refining. Crude soybean lecithin (CSL) contains major amount of phospholipids (PLs) along with minor amount of acylglycerols, bioactive components, etc. Due to presence of PLs, CSL can be used as an emulsifier. Crude soybean lecithin (CSL) was utilized to synthesize hydroxylated soybean lecithin (HSL) by hydroxylation using hydrogen peroxide and catalytic amount of lactic acid to enhance the hydrophilicity and emulsifying properties of CSL...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923599/-theranostic-role-of-bile-salt-capped-silver-nanoparticles-gall-stone-pigment-stone-disruption-and-anticancer-activity
#15
Ranju Prasad Mandal, Gunjan Mandal, Sudeshna Sarkar, Arindam Bhattacharyya, Swati De
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been synthesized in situ in micelles formed by the bile salt sodium deoxycholate (NaDC). The AgNPs exhibit "green" fluorescence. It has been shown in the present study that they can disrupt the components of gall stones/pigment stones. This unique ability of the AgNPs has been observed upon detailed study of the interaction between the endobiotic pigment bilirubin (BR) and bile salt (NaDC). In addition, these AgNPs show significant cytotoxicity towards the breast cancer cells (MCF-7)...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922602/cucurbit-7-uril-induced-formation-of-fret-enabled-uni-lamellar-lipid-vesicles
#16
Shilpi Kushwaha, Arunava Maity, Monalisa Gangopadhyay, Sapna Ravindranathan, Pattuparambil R Rajamohanan, Amitava Das
A unique fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) process is found to be operational in a unilamellar lipid self-assembly in the aqueous phase. A newly synthesized naphthyl based long chain lipid derivative [N-(naphthalene-1-ylmethyl)tetradecane-1-ammonium chloride, 14NA+] forms various self-assembled architectures in the aqueous phase. Controlled changes in lipid concentration lead to a transition of the self-assemblies from micelles to vesicles to rods. In the presence of cucurbit[7]uril (CB7), 14NA+ forms a host-guest [2]pseudorotaxane complex (CB7∋14NA+) and secondary interactions lead to the formation of a lipid bilayer with hydrophobic pockets situated in between the layers...
September 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919756/polymeric-mixed-micelles-loaded-mitoxantrone-for-overcoming-multidrug-resistance-in-breast-cancer-via-photodynamic-therapy
#17
Zeyong Li, Yuee Cai, Yiqiao Zhao, Hua Yu, Haiyu Zhou, Meiwan Chen
Mitoxantrone (MIT) is an anticancer agent with photosensitive properties that is commonly used in various cancers. Multidrug resistance (MDR) effect has been an obstacle to using MIT for cancer therapy. Photochemical internalization, on account of photodynamic therapy, has been applied to improve the therapeutic effect of cancers with MDR effect. In this study, an MIT-poly(ε-caprolactone)-pluronic F68-poly(ε-caprolactone)/poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (MIT-PFP/PPP) mixed micelles system was applied to reverse the effect of MDR in MCF-7/ADR cells via photochemical reaction when exposed to near-infrared light...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918155/the-binding-of-orally-dosed-hydrophobic-active-pharmaceutical-ingredients-to-casein-micelles-in-milk
#18
M Cheema, A N Hristov, F M Harte
Casein proteins (αS1-, αS2-, β- and κ-casein) account for 80% of the total protein content in bovine milk and form casein micelles ( D¯11 = 130 nm, approximately 10(15) micelles/mL). The affinity of native casein micelles with the 3 hydrophobic active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), meloxicam [351.4 g/mol; log P = 3.43; acid dissociation constant (pKa) = 4.08], flunixin (296.2 g/mol; log P = 4.1; pKa = 5.82), and thiabendazole (201.2 g/mol; log P = 2.92; pKa = 4.64), was evaluated in bovine milk collected from dosed Holstein cows...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918139/comparison-of-milk-protein-composition-and-rennet-coagulation-properties-in-native-swedish-dairy-cow-breeds-and-high-yielding-swedish-red-cows
#19
Nina A Poulsen, Maria Glantz, Anette K Rosengaard, Marie Paulsson, Lotte B Larsen
Recent studies have reported a very high frequency of noncoagulating milk in Swedish Red cows. The underlying factors are not fully understood. In this study, we explored rennet-induced coagulation properties and relative protein profiles in milk from native Swedish Mountain and Swedish Red Polled cows and compared them with a subset of noncoagulating (NC) and well-coagulating (WC) milk samples from modern Swedish Red cows. The native breeds displayed a very low prevalence of NC milk and superior milk coagulation properties compared with Swedish Red cows...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916382/influence-of-%C3%AE-lactoglobulin-and-calcium-chloride-on-the-molecular-structure-and-interactions-of-casein-micelles
#20
Yu Zhuang, Ikuko Ueda, Ulrich Kulozik, Ronald Gebhardt
Targeted processing of casein micelles (CM) requires a basic understanding of their molecular structure as well as their interactions with each other and with other components. In this study, angle- and concentration-dependent static and dynamic light scattering is applied to investigate changes in the molecular weight, size, and intermolecular interactions of CM after the addition of β-lactoglobulin (ß-Lg) and calcium chloride. Addition of a surplus of ß-Lg impairs the colloidal stability of CM. In the presence of 0...
September 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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