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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161777/structure-based-design-and-evaluation-of-synthetic-porphyrin-derivatives-as-g-quadruplex-stabilizing-anticancer-agents
#1
R N Bhadane, D B Meshram, R M Gilhotra
G-quadruplex structures formed in telomeres and proto-oncogene represent a potentially useful target for anticancer drugs. Stabilization of this arrangement may inhibit the further action of different enzymes involved in cancer cell immortalization. In present work structure based drug design and synthesis was carried out on series of meso-substituted porphyrin analogues. The interaction of porphyrin derivatives with G-quadruplex DNA has been explored by virtual screening procedure. Some of the potential binding agents were then synthesized and evaluated in-vitro by MTT and PCR stop assay...
November 2017: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161774/building-trophic-specializations-that-result-in-substantial-niche-partitioning-within-a-young-adaptive-radiation
#2
Luz Patricia Hernandez, Dominique Adriaens, Christopher H Martin, Peter C Wainwright, Bert Masschaele, Manuel Dierick
Dietary partitioning often accompanies the increased morphological diversity seen during adaptive radiations within aquatic systems. While such niche partitioning would be expected in older radiations, it is unclear how significant morphological divergence occurs within a shorter time period. Here we show how differential growth in key elements of the feeding mechanism can bring about pronounced functional differences among closely related species. An incredibly young adaptive radiation of three Cyprinodon species residing within hypersaline lakes in San Salvador Island, Bahamas, has recently been described...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161665/switchable-electrochemiluminescence-aptasensor-coupled-with-resonance-energy-transfer-for-selective-attomolar-detection-of-hg-2-via-cdte-cds-dendrimer-probe-and-au-nanoparticle-quencher
#3
Bahareh Babamiri, Abdollah Salimi, Rahman Hallaj
In the present study, an ultrasensitive electrochemiluminescence (ECL) aptasensing assay for selective detection of Hg(2+) was designed. In this electrochemiluminescence resonance energy transfer (ECL-RET) approach, Fe3O4@SiO2/dendrimers/QDs exhibited amplified ECL emissions (switch "on" state) and with the hybridization between T-rich ssDNA(S1) immobilized on the Fe3O4@SiO2/dendrimers/QDs and AuNPs modified with complementary aptamer (AuNPs-S2), the ECL of QDs nanocomposites was efficiently quenched (switch "off" state)...
November 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161664/sandwich-type-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-%C3%AE-2-3-sialylated-glycans-based-on-fullerene-palladium-platinum-alloy-and-4-mercaptophenylboronic-acid-nanoparticle-hybrids-coupled-with-au-methylene-blue-mal-signal-amplification
#4
Qiqi Yuan, Junlin He, Yazhen Niu, Jun Chen, Yilin Zhao, Yuchan Zhang, Chao Yu
α2,3-sialylated glycans (α2,3-sial-Gs) are one of the significant tumour biomarkers for the early diagnosis of cancer. In this work, a neoteric sandwich-type biosensor was developed for detecting α2,3-sial-Gs using 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid (4-MPBA) to construct a novel molecular recognition system by the coordination of a boron atom of 4-MPBA to the amide group of Neu5Ac in the α2,3-sial-Gs structure. Amino-functionalized fullerene coupled with palladium-platinum bimetallic alloy nanocrystals (n-C60-PdPt) was synthesized to modify the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) because the n-C60 nanomaterial affords a large surface area for the on-site reduction of bimetallic alloy nanoparticles and an excellent capacity for electron transfer...
November 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161635/temperature-dependent-conformational-dynamics-of-cytochrome-c-implications-in-apoptosis
#5
Gurusamy Muneeswaran, Subramanian Kartheeswaran, Kaliappan Muthukumar, Chandran Karunakaran
Heat, electric shock, and burn injuries induce apoptosis by releasing cytochrome c (cyt-c) from mitochondria and by subsequently activating the death protease, caspases-3. During apoptosis, cyt-c undergoes changes in the secondary structure that have been suggested to increase its peroxidase activity. Information about these structural changes will provide better understanding of the apoptotic mechanism. Hence, temperature-dependent conformational dynamics of cyt-c has been investigated through molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to explain the structural changes and to correlate them with its apoptotic behavior...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161634/shielding-effect-in-protein-folding
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Adam K Sieradzan, Agnieszka G Lipska, Emilia A Lubecka
One of the most important interactions responsible for protein folding and stability are hydrogen bonds between peptide groups. There is a constant competition between the water molecules and peptide groups in a hydrogen bond formation. Also side-chains take part in this process by reducing hydration of peptide group (shielding effect) that promotes the protein folding. In this paper, a new approach to take into account a shielding effect is presented. A modification of the energy function is derived and incorporated into the UNited RESidue (UNRES) force field...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161624/are-there-associations-with-age-and-sex-in-walking-stability-in-healthy-older-adults
#7
Daan van Kooten, Florentina Hettinga, Kim Duffy, Jo Jackson, Matthew J D Taylor
The variability of the centre of pressure (COP) during walking can provide information in relation to stability when walking. The aim of this study was to investigate if age and sex were associated with COP variability, COP excursions, and COP velocities during walking. One-hundred and fourteen older adults (age 65.1±5.5 yrs.) participated in the study. A Kistler force platform (1000Hz) recorded the ground reaction forces and COPs during walking at a self-selected walking speed. The stance phase was divided, using the vertical GRF, into four sub-phases: loading response (LR), mid-stance (MSt), terminal stance (TSt), and pre-swing (PSw)...
November 13, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161583/chrysin-sources-beneficial-pharmacological-activities-and-molecular-mechanism-of-action
#8
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Renuka Mani, Vijayakumar Natesan
In recent years, public and scientific interest in plant flavonoids has tremendously increased because of their postulated health benefits. This review was mainly focuses on the flavone chrysin (5,7-dihydroxyflavone), which occurs naturally in many plants, honey, and propolis. A number of in vitro and in vivo studies have revealed the therapeutic effects of chrysin against various diseases. In general, chrysin exhibits many biological activities and pharmacological effects, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiviral activities...
November 18, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161569/denitrification-of-landfill-leachate-under-different-hydraulic-retention-time-in-a-two-stage-anoxic-oxic-combined-membrane-bioreactor-process-performances-and-bacterial-community
#9
Jianbo Liu, Panyue Zhang, Haibo Li, Yuan Tian, Siyu Wang, Yonghui Song, Guangming Zeng, Chen Sun, Zhiyong Tian
Two-stage anoxic/oxic combined membrane bioreactor (A/O-A/O-MBR) process was used to treat leachate generated from Shenyang Laohuchong landfill, and the effect of hydraulic retention time (HRT) was studied. A long HRT of 9 d and a short HRT of 5 d showed negative effect on the stability of process, resulting in a higher organic concentration of effluent than that with a HRT of 7 d, while the highest removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD), ammonia (NH4(+)-N) and total nitrogen (TN) were achieved with a HRT of 7 d, which was 82...
November 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161516/influence-of-grafted-block-copolymer-structure-on-thermoresponsiveness-of-superparamagnetic-core-shell-nanoparticles
#10
Steffen Kurzhals, Martina Schroffenegger, Noga Gal, Ronald Zirbs, Erik Reimhult
The morphology and topology of thermoresponsive polymers have strong impact on their responsive properties. Grafting onto spherical particles has been shown to reduce responsiveness and transition temperatures; grafting of block copolymers has shown that switchable or retained wettability of a surface or particle during desolvation of one block can take place. Here, doubly thermoresponsive block copolymers were grafted onto spherical, monodisperse and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles to investigate the effect of thermal desolvation on spherical brushes of block copolymers...
November 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161515/potential-profile-of-stabilized-field-induced-lateral-p-n-junction-in-transition-metal-dichalcogenides
#11
Yijin Zhang, Ryuji Suzuki, Yoshihiro Iwasa
Electric field-induced p-n junctions are often used to realize peculiar functionalities in various materials. This method can be applied not only to conventional semiconductors but also to carbon nanotubes, graphene, and organic semiconductors to which the conventional chemical doping method is difficult to be applied. Transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are one of such materials where the field-induced p-n junctions play crucial roles in realizing solar cell and light-emitting diode operations as well as circularly polarized electroluminescence...
November 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161509/variation-in-the-supersaturation-and-phase-behavior-of-ezetimibe-amorphous-solid-dispersions-upon-dissolution-in-different-biorelevant-media
#12
Ahmed Elkhabaz, Sreya Sarkar, Janny K Dinh, Garth J Simpson, Lynne S Taylor
The delivery of poorly water-soluble drugs using amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) has been widely acknowledged as a promising strategy for enhancing oral bioavailability. Upon dissolution, ASDs have accelerated dissolution rates and yield supersaturated solutions leading to higher apparent solubilities. Understanding the complex phase behavior of ASDs during dissolution is crucial for developing an effective formulation. Since the absorption of a lipophilic, high permeability drug is determined primarily by the intraluminal dissolution process and the final concentration achieved, there is a need for evaluation in biorelevant dissolution media that simulate both fasting and fed gastrointestinal states...
November 21, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161503/hierarchical-mesoporous-nio-mno2-pani-core-shell-microspheres-highly-efficient-and-stable-bifunctional-electrocatalysts-for-oxygen-evolution-and-reduction-reactions
#13
Junkai He, Mingchao Wang, Wenbo Wang, Ran Miao, Wei Zhong, Sheng-Yu Chen, Shannon Poges, Tahereh Jafari, Wenqiao Song, Jiachen Liu, Steven L Suib
We report on the new facile synthesis of mesoporous NiO/MnO2 in one-step by modifying inverse micelle templated UCT (University of Connecticut) methods. The catalyst shows excellent electrocatalytic activity and stability for both the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline media after further coating with polyaniline. For electrochemical performance, the optimized catalyst exhibits a potential gap, ΔE, of 0.75 V to achieve a current of 10 mA cm-2 for the OER and -3 mA cm-2 for the ORR in 0...
November 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161368/management-of-cardiac-tamponade-in-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-single-centre-15%C3%A2-year-experience-on-5222-procedures
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Rikuta Hamaya, Shinsuke Miyazaki, Hiroshi Taniguchi, Shigeki Kusa, Hiroaki Nakamura, Hitoshi Hachiya, Takatsugu Kajiyama, Tomonori Watanabe, Miyako Igarashi, Kenzo Hirao, Yoshito Iesaka
Aims: Cardiac tamponade during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is infrequent but potentially fatal. This study aimed to retrospectively investigate the incidence, management, and outcomes of tamponade in large patient series. Methods and results: The study analysed 5222 AF ablation procedures in 3483 patients between 2002 and 2016 under a heparin-bridge anticoagulation protocol. Cardiac tamponade occurred in 51 procedures/patients, and the incidence was 0...
November 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161349/relation-of-retinal-and-serum-lutein-and-zeaxanthin-to-white-matter-integrity-in-older-adults-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
#15
Catherine M Mewborn, Douglas P Terry, Lisa M Renzi-Hammond, Billy R Hammond, L Stephen Miller
Objective: Lutein (L) and zeaxanthin (Z) are phytonutrients that accumulate in human brain tissue and positively impact cognition. Given their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and their role in stabilizing cell membranes, L&Z may relate to measures of white matter integrity (WMI). Method: The current study tested the relation of retinal (macular pigment optical density/MPOD) and blood serum concentrations of L&Z to WMI in community-dwelling older adults (n = 54) using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161278/resilience-of-honeybee-colonies-via-common-stomach-a-model-of-self-regulation-of-foraging
#16
Thomas Schmickl, Istvan Karsai
We propose a new regulation mechanism based on the idea of the "common stomach" to explain several aspects of the resilience and homeostatic regulation of honeybee colonies. This mechanism exploits shared pools of substances (pollen, nectar, workers, brood) that modulate recruitment, abandonment and allocation patterns at the colony-level and enable bees to perform several survival strategies to cope with difficult circumstances: Lack of proteins leads to reduced feeding of young brood, to early capping of old brood and to regaining of already spent proteins through brood cannibalism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161234/synthesis-of-methyl-4-dihydrotrisporate-b-and-methyl-trisporate-b-morphogenetic-factors-of-zygomycetes-fungi
#17
Yoko Nakamura, Christian Paetz, Wilhelm Boland
(9Z)-Methyl 4-dihydrotrisporate B and (9Z)-methyl trisporate B, pheromones of Zygomycetes fungi, have been synthesized using Stille cross-coupling from previously described cyclohexenone precursors. Conducting the coupling without protection groups allowed for a short and stereospecific synthesis route of the late trisporoids. Stability studies for both the compounds revealed (9Z)-methyl trisporate B to be very unstable against UV irradiation.
November 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161150/cognitive-impairment-in-schizophrenia-and-depression-a-comparison-of-stability-and-course
#18
Peter Neu, Tina Gooren, Ulrike Niebuhr, Peter Schlattmann
Cognitive deficits are clinically relevant features in schizophrenia and depression, yet little comparative data on changes in both disorders is available. This study compares cognitive performance of inpatients with schizophrenia (N = 52) and unipolar major depression (N = 67) during psychiatric treatment, assessing performance twice: after admission to hospital (acute) and prior to discharge (postacute) on average seven weeks later. A group of healthy controls was tested at comparable intervals. Data was analyzed using a multivariate linear model...
November 21, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161025/e-h-e-b-si-c-bond-activation-by-tuning-structural-and-electronic-properties-of-phosphenium-cations
#19
Nemanja Đorđević, Rakesh Ganguly, Milena Petković, Dragoslav Vidović
In this work, strategic enhancement of electrophilicity of phosphenium cations for the purpose of small-molecule activation was described. Our synthetic methodology for generation of novel two-coordinate phosphorus(III)-based compounds [{C6H4(MeN)2C}2C·PR](2+) ([2a](2+), R = N(i)Pr2; [2b](2+), R = Ph) was based on the exceptional electron-donating properties of the carbodicarbene ligand (CDC). The effects of P-centered substituent exchange and increase in the overall positive charge on small substrate activation were comparatively determined by incorporating the bis(amino)phosphenium ion [((i)Pr2N)2P](+) ([1](+)) in this study...
November 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161024/performance-and-stability-enhancement-of-in-sn-zn-o-tfts-using-sio2-gate-dielectrics-grown-by-low-temperature-atomic-layer-deposition
#20
Jiazhen Sheng, Ju-Hwan Han, Wan-Ho Choi, Jozeph Park, Jin-Seong Park
Silicon dioxide (SiO2) films were synthesized by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) using BTBAS (bis(tertiarybutylamino) silane) as the precursor and O2 plasma as the reactant, at a temperature range of 50 to 200 °C. While dielectric constant values larger than 3.7 are obtained at all deposition temperatures, the leakage current levels are drastically reduced to below 10-12 A at temperatures above 150 °C, which are similar to those obtained in thermally oxidized and PECVD grown SiO2. Thin film transistors (TFTs) based on In-Sn-Zn-O (ITZO) semiconductors were fabricated using thermal SiO2, PECVD SiO2 and PEALD SiO2 grown at 150 °C as the gate dielectrics, and superior device performance and stability are observed in the last case...
November 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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