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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813004/lactose-binding-induces-opposing-dynamics-changes-in-human-galectins-revealed-by-nmr-based-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange
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Chih-Ta Henry Chien, Meng-Ru Ho, Chung-Hung Lin, Shang-Te Danny Hsu
Galectins are β-galactoside-binding proteins implicated in a myriad of biological functions. Despite their highly conserved carbohydrate binding motifs with essentially identical structures, their affinities for lactose, a common galectin inhibitor, vary significantly. Here, we aimed to examine the molecular basis of differential lactose affinities amongst galectins using solution-based techniques. Consistent dissociation constants of lactose binding were derived from nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence, isothermal titration calorimetry and bio-layer interferometry for human galectin-1 (hGal1), galectin-7 (hGal7), and the N-terminal and C-terminal domains of galectin-8 (hGal8(NTD) and hGal8(CTD), respectively)...
August 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812999/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-a-sodium-alginate-4-aminosalicylic-acid-based-microporous-hydrogel-for-potential-viscosupplementation-for-joint-injuries-and-arthritis-induced-conditions
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Dharmesh R Chejara, Mostafa Mabrouk, Pradeep Kumar, Yahya E Choonara, Pierre P D Kondiah, Ravindra V Badhe, Lisa C du Toit, Divya Bijukumar, Viness Pillay
A microporous hydrogel was developed using sodium alginate (alg) and 4-aminosalicylic acid (4-ASA). The synthesized hydrogel was characterized using various analytical techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C-NMR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Additonal carboxyl and hydroxyl functional groups of 4-ASA provided significant lubrication and stress-triggered sol-gel transition to the conjugated hydrogel...
August 16, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812233/synthesis-and-photophysical-study-of-new-green-fluorescent-tpa-based-poly-azomethine-s
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Naila Khalid, Asma Iqbal, Humaira Masood Siddiqi, O Ok Park
A series of poly(azomethine)s (PAMs) were synthesized from N(1)-(4-aminophenyl)-N(1)-(4-phenoxyphenyl)benzene-1,4-diamine (DA) and various dialdehydes to investigate the influence of structure of polymer chain and triphenylamine-based phenoxy pendant group on the optoelectronic properties. The structural characterization of the resulting poly(azomethine)s was carried out by solubility test, gel permeation chromatography, viscosity measurement, fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral and CHN elemental analysis...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811751/bioactive-potential-of-3d-printed-oleo-gum-resin-disks-b-papyrifera-c-myrrha-and-s-benzoin-loading-nanooxides-tio2-p25-cu2o-and-moo3
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Diogo José Horst, Sergio Mazurek Tebcherani, Evaldo Toniolo Kubaski, Rogério de Almeida Vieira
This experimental study investigates the bioactive potential of filaments produced via hot melt extrusion (HME) and intended for fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing purposes. The oleo-gum-resins from benzoin, myrrha, and olibanum in pure state and also charged with 10% of metal oxide nanoparticles, TiO2, P25, Cu2O, and MoO3, were characterized by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXMA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)...
2017: Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811130/comparative-study-on-stabilizing-ability-of-food-protein-non-ionic-surfactant-and-anionic-surfactant-on-bcs-type-ii-drug-carvedilol-loaded-nanosuspension-physicochemical-and-pharmacokinetic-investigation
#5
Tianjiao Geng, Parikshit Banerjee, Zhangdi Lu, Abdelmoumin Zoghbi, Tiantian Li, Bo Wang
Carvedilol (CAR) in its pure state has low aqueous solubility and extremely poor bioavailability which largely limit its clinical application. The aim of the study is to improve the dissolution rate and the bioavailability of CAR via preparing nanosuspensions with different stabilizers. Antisolvent precipitation-ultrasonication technique was used here. Attempts have been made to use food protein- Whey protein isolate (WPI) as a stabilizer in CAR loaded nanosuspension and also to compare its stabilizing potential with conventional nanosuspension stabilizers such as non-ionic linear copolymer-poloxamer 188 (PLX188) and anionic surfactant-sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810118/capacitive-detection-of-low-enthalpy-higher-order-phase-transitions-in-synthetic-and-natural-composition-lipid-membranes
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Graham Jeffrey Taylor, Frederick A Heberle, Jason Sharp Seinfeld, John Katsaras, C Patrick Collier, Stephen Andrew Sarles
In-plane lipid organization and phase separation in natural membranes plays a key role in regulating many cellular processes. Highly cooperative, first-order phase transitions in model membranes consisting of few lipid components are well understood and readily detectable via calorimetry, densitometry, and fluorescence. However, far less is known about natural membranes containing numerous lipid species and high concentrations of cholesterol, for which thermotropic transitions are undetectable by the above-mentioned techniques...
August 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809814/yerba-mat%C3%A3-ilex-paraguariensis-metabolic-satiety-and-mood-state-effects-at-rest-and-during-prolonged-exercise
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Ahmad Alkhatib, Roisin Atcheson
Yerba Maté (YM), has become a popular herb ingested for enhancing metabolic health and weight-loss outcomes. No studies have tested the combined metabolic, satiety, and psychomotor effects of YM during exercise. We tested whether YM ingestion affects fatty acid oxidation (FAO), profile of mood state score (POMS), and subjective appetite scale (VAS), during prolonged moderate exercise. Twelve healthy active females were randomized to ingest either 2 g of YM or placebo (PLC) in a repeated-measures design. Participants rested for 120 min before performing a 30-min cycling exercise corresponding to individuals' crossover point intensity (COP)...
August 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809501/microencapsulated-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-as-a-hybrid-platform-for-pulmonary-antibiotic-delivery
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Diana P Gaspar, Maria Manuela Gaspar, Carla V Eleutério, Ana Grenha, Mateo Blanco, Lídia M D Gonçalves, Pablo Taboada, António J Almeida, Carmen Remuñán-López
Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) containing rifabutin (RFB), with pulmonary administration purposes, were developed through a technique that avoids the use of organic solvents or sonication. To facilitate their pulmonary delivery, the RFB-loaded SLN were included in microspheres of appropriate size using suitable excipients (mannitol and trehalose) through a spray-drying technique. Confocal analysis microscopy showed that microspheres are spherical and that SLN are efficiently microencapsulated and homogeneously distributed throughout the microsphere matrices...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808853/physicochemical-and-adsorptive-characteristics-of-activated-carbons-from-waste-polyester-textiles-utilizing-mgo-template-method
#9
Zhihua Xu, Daofang Zhang, Zhihang Yuan, Weifang Chen, Tianqi Zhang, Danqi Tian, Haixuan Deng
Activated carbons with high specific surface areas were produced, utilizing waste polyester textiles as carbon precursor by magnesium oxide (MgO) template method. Magnesium chloride (MgCl2), magnesium citrate (MgCi), and MgO were employed as MgO precursors to prepare activated carbons (AC-MgCl2, AC-MgCi, and AC-MgO). Thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry was conducted to investigate the pore-forming mechanism, and N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, XRD, SEM-EDS, TEM, FTIR and pHpzc were achieved to analyze physicochemical characteristics of the samples...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808810/interactions-of-cisplatin-analogues-with-lysozyme-a-comparative-analysis
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Giarita Ferraro, Ilaria De Benedictis, Annamaria Malfitano, Giancarlo Morelli, Ettore Novellino, Daniela Marasco
The biophysical characterization of drug binding to proteins plays a key role in structural biology and in the discovery and optimization of drug discovery processes. The search for optimal combinations of biophysical techniques that can correctly and efficiently identify and quantify binding of metal-based drugs to their final target is challenging, due to the physicochemical properties of these agents. Different cisplatin derivatives have shown different citotoxicities in most common cancer lines, suggesting that they exert their biological activity via different mechanisms of action...
August 14, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808709/phase-diagram-and-structural-evolution-of-tin-indium-sn-in-nanosolder-particles-from-a-non-equilibrium-state-to-an-equilibrium-state
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Yang Shu, Teiichi Ando, Qiyue Yin, Guangwen Zhou, Zhiyong Gu
A binary system of tin/indium (Sn/In) in the form of nanoparticles was investigated for phase transitions and structural evolution at different temperatures and compositions. The Sn/In nanosolder particles in the composition range of 24-72 wt% In were synthesized by a surfactant-assisted chemical reduction method under ambient conditions. The morphology and microstructure of the as-synthesized nanoparticles were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808060/the-human-rna-binding-protein-and-e3-ligase-mex-3c-binds-the-mex-3-recognition-element-mre-motif-with-high-affinity
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Lingna Yang, Chongyuan Wang, Fudong Li, Jiahai Zhang, Anam Nayab, Jihui Wu, Yunyu Shi, Qingguo Gong
MEX-3 is a KH domain-containing RNA-binding protein, first identified as a translational repressor in Caenorhabditis elegans, while its four orthologs (MEX-3A-D) in human and mouse were subsequently found to have E3 ubiquitin ligase activity mediated by a RING domain and critical for RNA degradation. Current evidence implicates human MEX-3C in many essential biological processes and suggests a strong connection with immune diseases and carcinogenesis. The highly conserved dual KH domains in MEX-3 proteins enable RNA binding and are essential for the recognition of the 3' UTR and posttranscriptional regulation of MEX-3 target transcripts...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807888/spectroscopic-and-calorimetric-assays-reveal-dependence-on-dctp-and-two-metals-zn-2-mg-2-for-enzymatic-activity-of-schistosoma-mansoni-deoxycytidylate-dcmp-deaminase
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Jéssica Fernandes Scortecci, Vitor Hugo Balasco Serrão, Juliana Cheleski, Juliana Roberta Torini, Larissa Romanello, Ricardo DeMarco, Humberto D'Muniz Pereira
The parasite Schistosoma mansoni possess all pathways for pyrimidine biosynthesis, whereby deaminases play an essential role in the thymidylate cycle, a crucial step to controlling the ratio between cytidine and uridine nucleotides. In this study, we heterologously expressed and purified the deoxycytidylate (dCMP) deaminase from S. mansoni to obtain structural, biochemical and kinetic information. Small-angle X-ray scattering of this enzyme showed that it is organized as a hexamer in solution. Isothermal titration calorimetry was used to determine the kinetic constants for dCMP-dUMP conversion and the role of dCTP and dTTP in enzymatic regulation...
August 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805393/disappearance-of-the-superionic-phase-transition-in-sub-5-nm-silver-iodide-nanoparticles
#14
Takayuki Yamamoto, Hirokazu Kobayashi, Loku Singgappulige Rosantha Kumara, Osami Sakata, Kiyofumi Nitta, Tomoya Uruga, Hiroshi Kitagawa
Bulk silver iodide (AgI) is known to show a phase transition from the poorly conducting β/γ-phases into the superionic conducting α-phase at 147 °C. Its transition temperature decreases with decreasing the size of AgI, and the α-phase exists stably at 37 °C in AgI nanoparticles with a diameter of 6.3 nm. In this Letter, we investigated the atomic configuration, the phase transition behavior, and the ionic conductivity of AgI nanoparticles with a diameter of 3.0 nm. The combination of pair distribution function (PDF) analysis and reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modeling based on high-energy X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed for the first time that they formed the β/γ-phases with atomic disorder...
August 14, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805042/fabrication-and-characterization-of-electrospun-laminin-functionalized-silk-fibroin-poly-ethylene-oxide-nanofibrous-scaffolds-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#15
Mina Rajabi, Masoumeh Firouzi, Zahra Hassannejad, Ismaeil Haririan, Payam Zahedi
The peripheral nerve regeneration is still one of the major clinical problems, which has received a great deal of attention. In this study, the electrospun silk fibroin (SF)/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) nanofibrous scaffolds were fabricated and functionalized their surfaces with laminin (LN) without chemical linkers for potential use in the peripheral nerve tissue engineering. The morphology, surface chemistry, thermal behavior and wettability of the scaffolds were examined to evaluate their performance by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and water contact angle (WCA) measurements, respectively...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803868/integration-of-sweet-taste-and-metabolism-determines-carbohydrate-reward
#16
Maria Geraldine Veldhuizen, Richard Keith Babbs, Barkha Patel, Wambura Fobbs, Nils B Kroemer, Elizabeth Garcia, Martin R Yeomans, Dana M Small
Post-ingestive signals related to nutrient metabolism are thought to be the primary drivers of reinforcement potency of energy sources. Here, in a series of neuroimaging and indirect calorimetry human studies, we examine the relative roles of caloric load and perceived sweetness in driving metabolic, perceptual, and brain responses to sugared beverages. Whereas caloric load was manipulated using the tasteless carbohydrate maltodextrin, sweetness levels were manipulated using the non-nutritive sweetener sucralose...
August 2, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803626/putting-the-piezolyte-hypothesis-under-pressure
#17
Christina M Papini, Pranav P Pandharipande, Catherine A Royer, George I Makhatadze
A group of small molecules that stabilize proteins against high hydrostatic pressure has been classified as piezolytes, a subset of stabilizing cosolutes. This distinction would imply that piezolytes counteract the effects of high hydrostatic pressure through effects on the volumetric properties of the protein. The purpose of this study was to determine if cosolutes proposed to be piezolytes have an effect on the volumetric properties of proteins through direct experimental measurements of volume changes upon unfolding of model proteins lysozyme and ribonuclease A, in solutions containing varying cosolute concentrations...
August 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802792/fat-mass-fat-free-mass-and-resting-metabolic-rate-in-weight-stable-sleeve-gastrectomy-patients-compared-with-weight-stable-nonoperated-patients
#18
Luigi Schiavo, Giuseppe Scalera, Vincenzo Pilone, Gabriele De Sena, Antonio Iannelli, Alfonso Barbarisi
BACKGROUND: There is evidence that body composition and resting metabolic rate (RMR) in weight-stable patients after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and duodenal switch is similar to that of nonoperated individuals within the same body mass index (BMI) interval. Currently, data concerning fat mass (FM), fat-free mass (FFM), and RMR on weight-stable patients after sleeve gastrectomy (SG) are lacking. OBJECTIVES: To assess FM, FFM, and RMR, in a selected and homogenous population of weight-stable SG patients (WSSG) and compare them with those obtained from healthy normal weight-stable nonoperated (WSNO) volunteers controls of similar sex, age, and BMI...
July 1, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802287/energy-expenditure-in-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock-in-a-thai-medical-intensive-care-unit
#19
Anupol Panitchote, Nontapak Thiangpak, Pranithi Hongsprabhas, Cameron Hurst
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Energy expenditure in severe sepsis/septic shock patients was measured by indirect calorimetry and the correlation of energy expenditure between indirect calorimetry and predictive equations was determined. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective, observational analytical study. Severe sepsis or septic shock patients were measured for energy expenditure over 72 hours by indirect calorimetry that was measured by a mechanical ventilator (EngströmCarestation, GE Healthcare)...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801665/pulsed-laser-beam-welding-of-pd43cu27ni10p20-bulk-metallic-glass
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Ling Shao, Amit Datye, Jiankang Huang, Jittisa Ketkaew, Sung Woo Sohn, Shaofan Zhao, Sujun Wu, Yuming Zhang, Udo D Schwarz, Jan Schroers
We used pulsed laser beam welding method to join Pd43Cu27Ni10P20 (at.%) bulk metallic glass and characterized the properties of the joint. Fusion zone and heat-affected zone in the weld joint can be maintained completely amorphous as confirmed by X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. No visible defects were observed in the weld joint. Nanoindentation and bend tests were carried out to determine the mechanical properties of the weld joint. Fusion zone and heat-affected zone exhibit very similar elastic moduli and hardness when compared to the base material, and the weld joint shows high ductility in bending which is accomplished through the operation of multiple shear bands...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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