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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527429/coexistence-of-light-driven-na-and-h-transport-in-a-microbial-rhodopsin-from-nonlabens-dokdonensis
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Hongshen Zhao, Baofu Ma, Liangliang Ji, Longjie Li, Huanhuan Wang, Deliang Chen
Ion pumping microbial rhodopsins are photochemically active membrane proteins, converting light energy into ion-motive-force for ATP synthesis. Nonlabens dokdonensis rhodopsin 2 (NdR2), was recently identified as a light-driven Na(+) pump. However, few functional studies on NdR2 have been conducted to elucidate its mechanism of ion transport. By reconstituting NdR2 into liposomes, we proved that NdR2 functions as a light-driven Na(+)/H(+) pump. As Na(+) concentration increased, the dominant H(+) pump activity switched to the Na(+) pump activity at neutral pH...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527406/the-relevance-of-ki-calculation-for-bi-substrate-enzymes-illustrated-by-kinetic-evaluation-of-a-novel-lysine-k-acetyltransferase-8-inhibitor
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Hannah Wapenaar, Thea van den Bosch, Niek G J Leus, Petra E van der Wouden, Nikolaos Eleftheriadis, Jos Hermans, Gebremedhin Solomon Hailu, Dante Rotili, Antonello Mai, Alexander Dömling, Rainer Bischoff, Hidde J Haisma, Frank J Dekker
Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) are important mediators of epigenetic post-translational modifications of histones that play important roles in health and disease. A disturbance of these modifications can result in disease states, such as cancer or inflammatory diseases. Inhibitors of HATs (HATi) such as lysine (K) acetyltransferase 8 (KAT8), could be used to study the epigenetic processes in diseases related to these enzymes or to investigate HATs as therapeutic targets. However, the development of HATi is challenged by the difficulties in kinetic characterization of HAT enzymes and their inhibitors to enable calculation of a reproducible inhibitory potency...
May 5, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527388/abiotic-transformation-of-hexabromocyclododecane-by-sulfidated-nanoscale-zerovalent-iron-kinetics-mechanism-and-influencing-factors
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Dan Li, Xifen Zhu, Yin Zhong, Weilin Huang, Ping'an Peng
Recent studies showed that sulfidated nanoscale zerovalent iron (S-nZVI) is a better reducing agent than nanoscale zerovalen iron (nZVI) alone for reductive dechlorination of several organic solvents such as trichloroethylene (TCE) due to the catalytic role of iron sulfide (FeS). We measured the rates of transformation of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) by S-nZVI and compared them to those by FeS, nZVI, and reduced sulfur species. The results showed that: i) HBCD (20 mg L(-1)) was almost completely transformed by S-nZVI (0...
May 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527385/pharmacokinetic-analyses-using-absorption-kinetics-in-low-alcohol-dose-cases-of-drunken-driving
#4
Ayako Himemiya-Hakucho, Tatsuya Fujimiya
In Japan, low-alcohol dose cases of drunken driving, where drivers drink just before getting behind the wheel, are increasing for expert witnesses since the penalties for drunken driving have become stricter. Widmark's equation has generally been used for the pharmacokinetic analysis of blood alcohol concentration, which encompasses the one-compartment model with zero-order elimination kinetics but ignores absorption kinetics. We therefore propose that the formula might not be applicable to the analysis of low-alcohol dose cases of drunken driving because the issue is focused on the absorption phase...
May 5, 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527356/exceptional-release-kinetics-and-cytotoxic-selectivity-of-oxidised-mwcnts-double-functionalised-with-doxorubicin-and-prostate-homing-peptide
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Vedran Milosavljevic, Ludmila Krejcova, Roman Guran, Hana Buchtelova, Dorota Wawrzak, Lukas Richtera, Zbynek Heger, Pavel Kopel, Vojtech Adam
Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are among the frequently studied carbon materials, particularly because of their physical and chemical properties and high potential for application in materials chemistry, industry, and medicine. MWCNTs are very promising as transporters of bioactive molecules because of their π electrons and large surface area, which can be easily modified, mostly by the application of inorganic acids for the introduction of carboxylic moieties on the surface. In the present study, we designed an oxidised MWCNTs (oMWCNTs) transporter for the targeted delivery of doxorubicin (Dox)...
May 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527299/role-of-pickering-stabilization-and-bulk-gelation-for-the-preparation-and-properties-of-solid-silica-foams
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I Lesov, S Tcholakova, M Kovadjieva, T Saison, M Lamblet, N Denkov
Foaming of particulate suspensions, followed by foam drying, is developed as an efficient method for production of highly porous materials with various applications. A key factor for success is the appropriate choice of surfactants which both modify the particle surface and stabilize the foam. Here we compare the efficiency of this method for silica suspensions containing two surfactants which lead to very different types of foam stabilization. Cationic TTAB leads to particle-stabilized foams (Pickering stabilization) whereas zwitterionic CAPB - to surfactant-stabilized foams...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527179/making-time-conservation-of-biological-clocks-from-fungi-to-animals
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Jay C Dunlap, Jennifer J Loros
The capacity for biological timekeeping arose at least three times through evolution, in prokaryotic cyanobacteria, in cells that evolved into higher plants, and within the group of organisms that eventually became the fungi and the animals. Neurospora is a tractable model system for understanding the molecular bases of circadian rhythms in the last of these groups, and is perhaps the most intensively studied circadian cell type. Rhythmic processes described in fungi include growth rate, stress responses, developmental capacity, and sporulation, as well as much of metabolism; fungi use clocks to anticipate daily environmental changes...
May 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527143/characterization-of-arsenic-availability-in-dry-and-flooded-soils-using-sequential-extraction-and-diffusive-gradients-in-thin-films-dgt-techniques
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Liping Zhang, Qin Sun, Shiming Ding, Xiang Cheng, Qin Liu, Chaosheng Zhang
Much attention has been paid to the availability of arsenic (As) in soils, while few studies were carried out on the comparison between the dry and flooded soils using different methods. In this study, chemical sequential extraction and diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) techniques were employed to study the availability of As in soils amended with a range of exogenous As followed by one-year incubation under dry and flooded conditions, respectively. The results showed that the proportions of available solid As pools, including non-specifically adsorbed As (F1) and specifically adsorbed As (F2), had consistent increases with the increase of As amendment...
May 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526881/biosorption-performance-of-encapsulated-candida-krusei-for-the-removal-of-copper-ii
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Chi Him Jim Luk, Joanne Yip, Chun Wah Marcus Yuen, Siu Kwong Pang, Kim Hung Lam, Chi Wai Kan
The use of microorganisms in biosorption is one of the most promising ways to remove trace amounts of heavy metal ions. Nevertheless, the enhancement of the successful removal of heavy metal ions by using different combinations of biosorbents is not generally guaranteed which leaves room to explore the application of the technique. In this study, the performance of free and immobilized forms of a yeast strain, Candida krusei (C. krusei), and calcium alginate (CaAlg) are evaluated for their ability to remove copper(II)...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526840/in-situ-stem-imaging-of-growth-and-phase-change-of-individual-cualx-precipitates-in-al-alloy
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Chunhui Liu, Sairam K Malladi, Qiang Xu, Jianghua Chen, Frans D Tichelaar, Xiaodong Zhuge, Henny W Zandbergen
Age-hardening in Al alloys has been used for over a century to improve its mechanical properties. However, the lack of direct observation limits our understanding of the dynamic nature of the evolution of nanoprecipitates during age-hardening. Using in-situ (scanning) transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) while heating an Al-Cu alloy, we were able to follow the growth of individual nanoprecipitates at atomic scale. The heat treatments carried out at 140, 160, 180 and 200 °C reveal a temperature dependence on the kinetics of precipitation and three kinds of interactions of nano-precipitates...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526768/direct-comparison-of-the-enzymatic-characteristics-and-superoxide-production-of-the-four-aldehyde-oxidase-enzymes-present-in-mouse
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Gokhan Kucukgoze, Mineko Terao, Enrico Garattini, Silke Leimkuhler
Aldehyde oxidases (AOXs) are molybdoflavoenzymes with an important role in the metabolism and detoxification of heterocyclic compounds and aliphatic as well as aromatic aldehydes. The enzymes use oxygen as the terminal electron acceptor and produce reduced oxygen species during turnover. Four different enzymes, mAOX1, mAOX3, mAOX4 and mAOX2, which are the products of distinct genes, are present in the mouse. A direct and simultaneous comparison of the enzymatic properties and characteristics of the four enzymes has never been performed...
May 19, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526346/release-study-and-inhibitory-activity-of-thyme-essential-oil-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-and-nanocapsules-against-foodborne-bacteria
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M Sotelo-Boyás, Z Correa-Pacheco, S Bautista-Baños, Y Gómez Y Gómez
The antibacterial property of thyme essential oil due to different volatile compounds, has been well documented in the literature. To overcome the high volatility of essential oil components, encapsulation has emerged as a new alternative. In this work, chitosan and thyme essential oil-loaded chitosan nanoparticles (TEO-CSNPs) and nanocapsules (TEO-CSNCs) were prepared by nanoprecipitation and nanoencapsulation, respectively. The morphology, encapsulation efficiency, release kinetics, and inhibitory activity were evaluated...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526344/the-promise-of-a-specially-designed-graft-copolymer-of-acrylic-acid-onto-cellulose-as-selective-sorbent-for-heavy-metal-ions
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Hisham A Essawy, Magdy F Mohamed, Nabila S Ammar, Hanan S Ibrahim
A specially-designed graft copolymer of acrylic acid onto in-situ formed cellulose-fulvate hybrid showed privileged tendency for uptake of Pb(II) during competitive removal from a mixture containing Cd(II) and Ni(II) within 5min. at pH 5. This novel trend is attributed mainly to the crowded high content of coordinating centers within the designed graft copolymer along with the acquired superabsorbency. This provides an outstanding tool to separate some metal ions selectively from mixtures containing multiple ions on kinetic basis...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526343/tannin-immobilized-cellulose-hydrogel-fabricated-by-a-homogeneous-reaction-as-a-potential-adsorbent-for-removing-cationic-organic-dye-from-aqueous-solution
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Ying Pei, Shan Chu, Yue Chen, Zhidong Li, Jin Zhao, Shuqi Liu, Xingjun Wu, Jie Liu, Xuejing Zheng, Keyong Tang
Tannin-immobilized cellulose (CT) hydrogels were successfully fabricated by homogeneous immobilization and crosslinking reaction via a simple method. The structures and properties of hydrogels were characterized by SEM and mechanical test. Methlyene Blue (MB) was selected as a cationic dye model, and the adsorption ability of CT hydrogel was evaluated. Tannins immobilized acted as adsorbent sites which combined MB by electrostatic attraction, resulting in the attractive adsorption ability of CT hydrogel. Adsorption kinetics could be better described by the pseudo-second-order model, and the absorption behaviors were in agreement with a Langmuir isotherm...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526342/ph-controlled-drug-delivery-with-hybrid-aerogel-of-chitosan-carboxymethyl-cellulose-and-graphene-oxide-as-the-carrier
#15
Ren Wang, Dan Shou, Ouyang Lv, Yong Kong, Linhong Deng, Jian Shen
Hybrid aerogels of chitosan (CS), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and graphene oxide (GO) are successfully prepared by using calcium ion (Ca(2+)) as the crosslinker. The resultant hybrid aerogels, CS/CMC/Ca(2+)/GO, are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Due to the pH sensitivity of CS and CMC, pH-controlled drug delivery with CS/CMC/Ca(2+)/GO as the carrier is investigated using 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), an effective chemotherapeutic agent in the treatment of cancers, as the model drug...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526333/systemic-manifestations-of-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-in-the-nod-b10sn-h2-b-j-mouse-model
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Jeremy Kiripolsky, Long Shen, Yichen Liang, Alisa Li, Lakshmanan Suresh, Yun Lian, Quan-Zhen Li, Daniel P Gaile, Jill M Kramer
Animal models that recapitulate human disease are crucial for the study of Sjögren's Syndrome (SS). While several SS mouse models exist, there are few primary SS (pSS) models that mimic systemic disease manifestations seen in humans. Similar to pSS patients, NOD.B10Sn-H2(b)/J (NOD.B10) mice develop exocrine gland disease and anti-nuclear autoantibodies. However, the disease kinetics and spectrum of extra-glandular disease remain poorly characterized in this model. Our objective was to characterize local and systemic SS manifestations in depth in NOD...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526122/uptake-of-dissolved-inorganic-and-organic-nitrogen-by-the-benthic-toxic-dinoflagellate-ostreopsis-cf-ovata
#17
Cécile Jauzein, Douglas Couet, Thierry Blasco, Rodolphe Lemée
Environmental factors that shape dynamics of benthic toxic blooms are largely unknown. In particular, for the toxic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf. ovata, the importance of the availability of nutrients and the contribution of the inorganic and organic pools to growth need to be quantified in marine coastal environments. The present study aimed at characterizing N-uptake of dissolved inorganic and organic sources by O. cf. ovata cells, using the (15)N-labelling technique. Experiments were conducted taking into account potential interactions between nutrient uptake systems as well as variations with the diel cycle...
May 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526121/rates-of-nitrogen-uptake-by-cyanobacterially-dominated-assemblages-in-lake-taihu-china-during-late-summer
#18
Jingjing Yang, Han Gao, Patricia M Glibert, Yu Wang, Mengmeng Tong
Lake Taihu has suffered an increasing number of cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) over the past three decades, bringing about formidable ecological and economical losses. Efforts to control phosphate (P) and/or nitrogen (N) have been applied to mitigate these blooms, but there has been much less attention paid to N and its different forms on the ecology of the blooms. Therefore, kinetic and nutrient enrichment experiments were conducted to assess N uptake rates under differing conditions, and to examine effects of changes in N forms (NH4(+), NO3(-) and urea) and P availability on phytoplankton community physiology...
May 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525903/polymorphisms-in-methotrexate-transporters-and-their-relationship-to-plasma-methotrexate-levels-toxicity-of-high-dose-methotrexate-and-outcome-of-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Shu-Guang Liu, Chao Gao, Rui-Dong Zhang, Xiao-Xi Zhao, Lei Cui, Wei-Jing Li, Zhen-Ping Chen, Zhi-Xia Yue, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Min-Yuan Wu, Jian-Xiang Wang, Zhi-Gang Li, Hu-Yong Zheng
High-dose methotrexate (HDMTX) plays an important role in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) although there is great inter-patient variability in the efficacy and toxicity of MTX. The relationship between polymorphisms in genes encoding MTX transporters and MTX response is controversial. In the present study, 322 Chinese children with standard- and intermediate-risk ALL were genotyped for 12 polymorphisms. SLCO1B1 rs10841753 showed a significant association with plasma MTX levels at 48 h (P = 0...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525861/an-experimental-and-theoretical-study-of-solvent-hydrogen-bond-donating-capacity-effects-on-ultrafast-intramolecular-charge-transfer-of-ld-490
#20
Hui Li, Hang Yin, Xiaochun Liu, Ying Shi, Mingxing Jin, Dajun Ding
The excited-state intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) of LD 490 were investigated in different hydrogen-bond-donating solvents (α scale) on the basis of the Kamlet-Taft solvatochromic parameters (π*, α, β). The femtosecond transient absorption spectra and the kinetics decay rate reveal that with an increase of solvent's α capacity, the long-lived picosecond process, which is attributed to the ICT, becomes much faster. Combining with time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations, we demonstrate that the enhancement of α acidity substantially increases the electronegativity of the carbonyl oxygen in LD 490, which strengthen excited-state intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions and consequently facilitate the ICT process...
May 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
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