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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926882/effect-of-reduced-humic-acid-on-the-transport-of-ferrihydrite-nanoparticles-under-anoxic-conditions
#1
Peng Liao, Wenlu Li, Dengjun Wang, Yi Jiang, Chao Pan, John D Fortner, Songhu Yuan
Humic acid (HA) occurs ubiquitously in the subsurface environments and is well-known to play a critical role in the fate and transport of ferrihydrite nanoparticles (NPs) and NPs-associated contaminants. Under anoxic conditions, HA can readily be reduced by microorganisms or geochemical reducing species, and the mechanisms and kinetics of ferrihydrite reduction by reduced HA (HAred) are well-documented; however, the role of these redox reactions on the transport of ferrihydrite NPs is largely underestimated...
December 1, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926879/in%C3%A2-vitro-derivation-and-propagation-of-spermatogonial-stem-cell-activity-from-mouse-pluripotent-stem-cells
#2
Yukiko Ishikura, Yukihiro Yabuta, Hiroshi Ohta, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Tomonori Nakamura, Ikuhiro Okamoto, Takuya Yamamoto, Kazuki Kurimoto, Kenjiro Shirane, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Mitinori Saitou
The in vitro derivation and propagation of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) is a key goal in reproductive science. We show here that when aggregated with embryonic testicular somatic cells (reconstituted testes), primordial germ cell-like cells (PGCLCs) induced from mouse embryonic stem cells differentiate into spermatogonia-like cells in vitro and are expandable as cells that resemble germline stem cells (GSCs), a primary cell line with SSC activity. Remarkably, GSC-like cells (GSCLCs), but not PGCLCs, colonize adult testes and, albeit less effectively than GSCs, contribute to spermatogenesis and fertile offspring...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926845/membrane-bound-alpha-synuclein-clusters-induce-impaired-lipid-diffusion-and-increased-lipid-packing
#3
Aditya Iyer, Nathalie Schilderink, Mireille M A E Claessens, Vinod Subramaniam
The aggregation of membrane-bound α-synuclein (αS) into oligomers and/or amyloid fibrils has been suggested to cause membrane damage in in vitro model phospholipid membrane systems and in vivo. In this study, we investigate how αS interactions that precede the formation of well-defined aggregates influence physical membrane properties. Using three truncated variants of αS with different aggregation propensities and comparable phospholipid membrane binding affinities we show, using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) and fluorescence anisotropy measurements, that formation of αS clusters on supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) impairs lateral lipid diffusion and increases lipid packing beneath the αS clusters...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926837/the-significance-of-the-location-of-mutations-for-the-native-state-dynamics-of-human-lysozyme
#4
Minkoo Ahn, Christine L Hagan, Ana Bernardo-Gancedo, Erwin De Genst, Francisco N Newby, John Christodoulou, Anne Dhulesia, Mireille Dumoulin, Carol V Robinson, Christopher M Dobson, Janet R Kumita
The conversion of human lysozyme into amyloid fibrils is associated with a rare but fatal hereditary form of nonneuropathic systemic amyloidosis. The accumulation of large amounts of aggregated protein is thought to be initiated by the formation of transient intermediate species of disease-related lysozyme variants, essentially due to the loss of global cooperativity under physiologically relevant conditions. Interestingly, all five naturally occurring, amyloidogenic, single-point mutations are located in the β-domain of lysozyme, the region that is predominantly unfolded during the formation of the transient intermediate species...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925690/purification-and-characterization-of-a-platelet-aggregation-inhibitor-and-anticoagulant-cc-5_ntase-cd-73-like-from-cerastes-cerastes-venom
#5
Samah Saoud, Fatah Chérifi, Traki Benhassine, Fatima Laraba-Djebari
The present study is the first attempt to report the characterization of a nucleotidase from Cerastes cerastes venom. A 70 kDa 5'-nucleotidase (Cc-5'NTase) was purified to homogeneity. The amino acid sequence of Cc-5'NTase displayed high homology with many nucleotidases. Its activity was optimal at pH 7 with a specific hydrolytic activity toward mono-, di-, and triphosphate adenylated nucleotides. Cc-5'NTase preferentially hydrolyzed ADP and obeyed Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Among the metals and inhibitors tested, Ni(2+) and Mg(2+) completely potentiated enzyme activity, whereas EGTA, PMSF, iodoacetamide, vanillic acid, vanillyl mandelic acid, and 1,10-phenanthroline partially abolished its activity...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925685/in-vitro-characterization-of-synthoplate-%C3%A2-synthetic-platelet-technology-and-its-in-vivo-evaluation-in-severely-thrombocytopenic-mice
#6
Meenal Shukla, Ujjal D S Sekhon, Venkaiah Betapudi, Wei Li, DaShawn A Hickman, Christa L Pawlowski, Mitchell R Dyer, Matthew D Neal, Keith R McCrae, Anirban Sen Gupta
BACKGROUND: Platelet transfusion applications face severe challenges due to the limited availability and portability, high risk of contamination and short shelf-life of platelets. Therefore there is significant interest in synthetic platelet substitutes that can render hemostasis while avoiding these issues. Platelets promote hemostasis by injury site-selective adhesion and aggregation, and propagation of coagulation reactions on their membrane. Based on these mechanisms, we have developed a synthetic platelet technology (SynthoPlate(™) ) that integrates platelet-mimetic site-selective 'adhesion' and 'aggregation' functionalities via heteromultivalent surface-decoration of lipid vesicles with Von Willebrand Factor-binding, collagen-binding and active platelet integrin GPIIb-IIIa-binding peptides...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925590/modality-invariant-image-classification-based-on-modality-uniqueness-and-dictionary-learning
#7
Seungryong Kim, Rui Cai, Kihong Park, Sunok Kim, Kwanghoon Sohn
We present a unified framework for image classification of image sets taken under varying modality conditions. Our method is motivated by a key observation that the image feature distribution is simultaneously influenced by the semantic-class and the modality category label, which limits the performance of conventional methods for that task. With this insight, we introduce modality uniqueness as a discriminative weight that divides each modality cluster from all other clusters. By leveraging the modality uniqueness, our framework is formulated as unsupervised modality clustering and classifier learning based on modality-invariant similarity kernel...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925415/utilization-of-red-light-emitting-cdte-nanoparticles-for-the-trace-level-detection-of-harmful-herbicides-in-adulterated-food-and-agricultural-crops
#8
Nilanjan Dey, Deepa Bhagat, Durgadas Cherukaraveedu, Santanu Bhattacharya
Red-light-emitting water-soluble semiconducting quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by using a wide variety of commercially available thiol-type capping agents. QDs with a negatively charged nanosurface showed excellent selectivity for paraquat (PQ) at pH 7.4 over other commonly encountered pesticides/herbicides, including diquat (DQ). The presence of a 4,4'-bis-pyridinium unit in PQ enabled it to initiate long-range aggregation, thereby leading to the formation of nanostructures with excellent emission-quenching behavior...
November 7, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925327/crystal-structure-of-a-metalled-double-helix-generated-by-infinite-and-consecutive-c-agi-c-c-n1-hexylcytosine-base-pairs-through-argentophilic-and-hydrogen-bond-interactions
#9
Angel Terron, Blas Moreno-Vachiano, Antonio Bauza, Angel Garcia-Raso, Juan J Fiol, Miquel Barcelo-Oliver, Elies Molins, Antonio Frontera
The synthesis of a metalled double-helix containing exclusively silver-mediated C*-C* base pairs is reported herein (C* = N1hexylcytosine). Remarkably, it is the first crystal structure containing infinite and consecutive C*-AgI-C* base pairs that form a double helix. The AgI ion occupies the center between two C* residues with N(3)-Ag bond distances of 2.1 Å and short AgI-AgI distances (3.1 Å) suggesting an interesting argentophilic attraction as a stabilization source of the helical disposition. The solid state structure is further stabilized by metal-mediated base-pairs, hydrogen bonding and π-stacking interactions...
December 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925314/a-simple-approach-to-develop-tailored-mesoporosity-in-nanostructured-heteropolysalts
#10
Juan Alcaniz-Monge
In this work, we describe a very simple approach to develop tailored mesoporosity in any nanostructured heteropolysalt with control over both the mesoporous volume and the pore size. This approach consisting in a treatment of the solid microporous precursor with a basic agent has been tested on the ammonium salt of the Keggin-type [PMo12O40]3- heteropolyanion, and constitutes a novel procedure for the preparation of mesoporous solids with no precedents in the literature. The results obtained in this study allows for extracting two main conclusions: (i) The micro- and mesoporosity structures in the heteropolysalt nanoparticles are independent from each other; and (ii) The development of mesoporosity in the solid material must be related with a process of alkaline degradation within the core of the nanocrystals aggregating into the particles...
December 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925294/improved-68-ga-labeling-method-using-ethanol-addition-application-to-the-%C3%AE-helical-peptide-dota-famp
#11
Koki Hasegawa, Emi Kawachi, Yoshinari Uehara, Tsuyoshi Yoshida, Satoshi Imaizumi, Masahiro Ogawa, Shin-Ichiro Miura, Keijiro Saku
We examined the (68) Ga labeling of the α-helical peptide, DOTA-FAMP, and evaluated conformational changes during radiolabeling. (68) Ga-DOTA-FAMP is a positron emission tomography probe candidate for atherosclerotic plaques. The labeling yield achieved by Zhernosekov's method (using acetone for (68) Ga purification) was compared with that achieved by the original and 2 modified Mueller's methods (using NaCl solution). Modified method I involves desalting the (68) Ga prior to labeling, and modified method II involves the inclusion of ethanol in the labeling solution...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925244/the-absorption-enhancement-of-norisoboldine-in-the-duodenum-of-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-rats-involves-the-impairment-of-p-glycoprotein
#12
Cong Duan, Jiao-Mei Guo, Yue Dai, Yu-Feng Xia
Lindera aggregate (Sims) Kosterm root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of rheumatism palsy, dyspepsia and frequent urination for a long history. Norisoboldine (NOR), the main active constituent of this herb drug, possesses outstanding anti-arthritis activity. However, in vivo disposition of NOR has been known to a limited extent, especially under the pathological condition of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study is to investigate whether and how the absorption of NOR is altered in adjuvant-induced arthritis (AIA) rats...
December 7, 2016: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925070/first-study-on-communities-of-parasites-in-triportheus-rotundatus-a-characidae-fish-from-the-amazon-river-system-brazil
#13
Paulo Henrique Nascimento Santos, Marcos Tavares-Dias
This study was the first investigation on the parasites of Triportheus rotundatus, a Characiformes fish from the Amazon, in Brazil. All the fish collected (100%) in a tributary from the Amazon River system were infected by one or more parasite species. The mean species richness of parasites was 4.9 ± 0.9, the Brillouin index was 0.39 ± 0.16, the evenness was 0.24 ± 0.09 and the Berger-Parker dominance was 0.81 ± 0.13. A total of 1316 metazoan parasites were collected, including Anacanthorus pithophallus, Anacanthorus furculus, Ancistrohaptor sp...
December 1, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924943/gsy-a-novel-glucansucrase-from-leuconostoc-mesenteroides-mediates-the-formation-of-cell-aggregates-in-response-to-oxidative-stress
#14
Minghui Yan, Jin Han, Xiaofen Xu, Lianliang Liu, Caixia Gao, Huajun Zheng, Yunxia Chen, Yimin Tao, Hu Zhou, Yunfei Li, Zhengjun Wu
Leuconostoc mesenteroides is a member of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) with wide applications in the food and medical industries. Species in the genus Leuconostoc are catalase-negative and generally regarded as facultative anaerobic or aerotolerant organisms. Despite their extensive use in industry, certain issues concerning the aerobic life of L. mesenteroides, e.g., the mechanism involved in the tolerance to oxygen, remain to be addressed. In this manuscript, a survival strategy employed by L. mesenteroides BD3749 in response to oxidative stress was elucidated...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924919/a-central-cavity-within-the-holo-translocon-suggests-a-mechanism-for-membrane-protein-insertion
#15
Mathieu Botte, Nathan R Zaccai, Jelger Lycklama À Nijeholt, Remy Martin, Kèvin Knoops, Gabor Papai, Juan Zou, Aurélien Deniaud, Manikandan Karuppasamy, Qiyang Jiang, Abhishek Singha Roy, Klaus Schulten, Patrick Schultz, Juri Rappsilber, Giuseppe Zaccai, Imre Berger, Ian Collinson, Christiane Schaffitzel
The conserved SecYEG protein-conducting channel and the accessory proteins SecDF-YajC and YidC constitute the bacterial holo-translocon (HTL), capable of protein-secretion and membrane-protein insertion. By employing an integrative approach combining small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), low-resolution electron microscopy and biophysical analyses we determined the arrangement of the proteins and lipids within the super-complex. The results guided the placement of X-ray structures of individual HTL components and allowed the proposal of a model of the functional translocon...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924544/multiplex-detection-of-aspergillus-species
#16
Pedro Martínez-Culebras, María Victoria Selma, Rosa Aznar
Multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) provides a fast and accurate DNA-based tool for the simultaneous amplification of more than one target sequence in a single reaction. Here a duplex real-time PCR assay is described for the simultaneous detection of Aspergillus carbonarius and members of the Aspergillus niger aggregate, which are the main responsible species for ochratoxin A (OTA) contamination in grapes. This single tube reaction targets the beta-ketosynthase and the acyl transferase domains of the polyketide synthase of A...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924422/spatial-overlap-between-people-and-non-human-primates-in-a-fragmented-landscape
#17
Sarah B Paige, Johanna Bleecker, Jonathan Mayer, Tony Goldberg
In western Uganda, the landscape surrounding Kibale National Park (KNP) contains households, trading centers, roads, fields, and forest fragments. The mosaic arrangement of these landscape features is thought to enhance human-primate interaction, leading to primate population declines and increased bi-directional disease transmission. Using a social-ecological systems research framework that captures the complexity of interaction among people, wildlife, and environment, we studied five forest fragments near KNP and conducted intensive on-the-ground mapping to identify locations of human-primate spatial overlap...
December 6, 2016: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924343/synthesis-and-formulation-of-functional-bionanomaterials-with-superoxide-dismutase-activity
#18
Marko Pavlovic, Paul Rouster, Istvan Szilagyi
Layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanoparticles were prepared and used as solid support for superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzymes. Structural features were studied by XRD, spectroscopic methods (IR, UV-Vis and fluorescence) and TEM, while colloidal stability of the obtained materials was investigated by electrophoresis and light scattering in aqueous dispersions. The SOD quantitatively adsorbed on the LDH by electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions and kept its structural integrity upon immobilization. The composite material showed moderate resistance against salt-induced aggregation in dispersions, therefore, heparin polyelectrolyte was used to improve the colloidal stability of the system...
December 7, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924243/comparison-of-real-time-nanoparticle-monitoring-instruments-in-the-workplaces
#19
Seunghon Ham, Naroo Lee, Igchun Eom, Byoungcheun Lee, Perng-Jy Tsai, Kiyoung Lee, Chungsik Yoon
BACKGROUND: Relationships among portable scanning mobility particle sizer (P-SMPS), condensation particle counter (CPC), and surface area monitor (SAM), which are different metric measurement devices, were investigated, and two widely used research grade (RG)-SMPSs were compared to harmonize the measurement protocols. METHODS: Pearson correlation analysis was performed to compare the relation between P-SMPS, CPC, and SAM and two common RG-SMPS. RESULTS: For laboratory and engineered nanoparticle (ENP) workplaces, correlation among devices showed good relationships...
December 2016: Safety and Health At Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923924/attenuation-of-the-type-iv-pilus-retraction-motor-influences-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-social-and-infection-behavior
#20
Alyson M Hockenberry, Danielle M Hutchens, Al Agellon, Magdalene So
: Retraction of the type IV pilus (Tfp) mediates DNA uptake, motility, and social and infection behavior in a wide variety of prokaryotes. To date, investigations into Tfp retraction-dependent activities have used a mutant deleted of PilT, the ATPase motor protein that causes the pilus fiber to retract. ΔpilT cells are nontransformable, nonmotile, and cannot aggregate into microcolonies. We tested the hypothesis that these retraction-dependent activities are sensitive to the strength of PilT enzymatic activity by using the pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae as a model...
December 6, 2016: MBio
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