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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822288/two-sides-of-the-coin-part-2-colloid-and-surface-science-meets-real-biointerfaces
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Barry W Ninham, Kåre Larsson, Pierandrea Lo Nostro
Part 1 revisited developments in lipid and surfactant self assembly over the past 40 years [1]. New concepts emerged. Here we explore how these developments can be used to make sense of and bring order to a range of complex biological phenomena. Together with Part 1, this contribution is a fundamental revision of intuition at the boundaries of Colloid Science and Biological interfaces from a perspective of nearly 50 years. We offer new insights on a unified treatment of self assembly of lipids, surfactants and proteins in the light of developments presented in Part 1...
August 5, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822281/an-integrative-study-to-identify-novel-scaffolds-for-sphingosine-kinase-1-inhibitors
#2
Marcela Vettorazzi, Emilio Angelina, Santiago Lima, Tomas Gonec, Jan Otevrel, Pavlina Marvanova, Tereza Padrtova, Petr Mokry, Pavel Bobal, Lina M Acosta, Alirio Palma, Justo Cobo, Janette Bobalova, Jozef Csollei, Ivan Malik, Sergio Alvarez, Sarah Spiegel, Josef Jampilek, Ricardo D Enriz
Sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1), the enzyme that produces the bioactive sphingolipid metabolite, sphingosine-1-phosphate, is a promising new molecular target for therapeutic intervention in cancer and inflammatory diseases. In view of its importance, the main objective of this work was to find new and more potent inhibitors for this enzyme possessing different structural scaffolds than those of the known inhibitors. Our theoretical and experimental study has allowed us to identify two new structural scaffolds (three new compounds), which could be used as starting structures for the design and then the development of new inhibitors of SphK1...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822276/exploiting-algal-mineralization-for-nanotechnology-bringing-coccoliths-to-the-fore
#3
REVIEW
Alastair W Skeffington, André Scheffel
Complex mineral structures are produced by many microalgal species. Pioneering work on diatom silica has demonstrated the potential of such structures in nanotechnology. The calcified scales of coccolithophores (coccoliths) have received less attention, but the large diversity of architectures make coccoliths attractive as parts for nano-devices. Currently coccolith calcite can be modified by the incorporation of metal ions or adsorption of enzymes to the surface, but genetic modification of coccolithophores may permit the production of coccoliths with customized architectures and surface properties...
August 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822273/ligand-binding-characterization-of-simulated-%C3%AE-adrenergic-like-octopamine-receptor-in-schistocerca-gregaria-via-progressive-structure-simulation
#4
Hui-Meng Lu, Xiao-Li Lu, Jia-Hui Zhai, Ren-Bin Zhou, Yan-Li Qin, Jing-Di Li, Chen-Yan Zhang, Jian-Yu Shi
It is important to design insecticides having both low drug resistance and less undesirable toxicity for desert locust control. Specific GPCRs of Schistocerca gregaria, especially β-adrenergic-like octopamine receptor (SgOctβR), can be considered as its potential effective insecticide targets. However, either the unavailability of SgOctβR's structure or the inadequate capability of its sequence lead the development of insecticide for Schistocerca gregaria meets its plateau. To relax this difficulty, this paper develops a promising progressive structure simulation from SgOctβR's sequence, to its predicted structure of SgOctβR in vacuum, to its conformation as well as its complex with endogenous ligand octopamine in a solvent-membrane system...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822246/perfluorooctane-sulfonate-pfos-removal-with-pd-0-nfe-0-nanoparticles-adsorption-or-aqueous-fe-complexation-not-transformation
#5
Saerom Park, Jenny E Zenobio, Linda S Lee
PFOS removal at 6 and 21days (d) when reacted with palladium coated zero valent iron nanoparticles (Pd(0)/nFe(0) NPs) was quantified as a function of pH (3.6, 5.5, and 8.7) and temperature (22, 45 and 70°C). PFOS concentrations were measured in aqueous phases and NP extracts. The greatest PFOS removal occurred at 6 d with the lowest pH and highest temperature; however, recovered PFOS increased at 21 d. Furthermore, neither F(-) nor SO4(2-) (from SO3(2-) cleavage) generation was observed indicating the absence of PFOS transformation...
August 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822242/mucosal-immunity-of-the-postpartum-bovine-genital-tract
#6
REVIEW
Dinesh Dadarwal, Colin Palmer, Philip Griebel
In this review, mucosal immune defense mechanisms used to control infections in the bovine genital tract (vestibule, vagina, cervix, uterus and oviduct) during the postpartum period are reviewed. Knowledge gaps are highlighted to emphasize the need for further investigations. Physical barriers to the entry of microbes include vulvar sealing, vestibule-vaginal constriction, a narrow cervical opening and the mucosal epithelium along with the overlying mucus layer. Genital tract mucosal epithelial cells recognize damage-associated molecular patterns and pathogen-associated molecular patterns and respond by secreting antimicrobial peptides and cytokines to recruit and activate immune cells...
August 10, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822236/synthesis-structural-studies-and-biological-activity-of-novel-cu-ii-complexes-with-thiourea-derivatives-of-4-azatricyclo-5-2-1-0-2-6-dec-8-ene-3-5-dione
#7
Aleksandra Drzewiecka-Antonik, Paweł Rejmak, Marcin T Klepka, Anna Wolska, Piotr Pietrzyk, Karolina Stępień, Giuseppina Sanna, Marta Struga
The new Cu(II) complexes of 1/2/3-(bromophenyl)-3-(1,7,8,9-tetramethyl-3,5-dioxo-4-azatricyclo[5.2.1.0(2,6)]dec-8-en-4-yl)thiourea derivatives have been synthesized. The spectroscopic studies together with density functional theory calculations of Cu(II) complexes revealed that two parent ligands coordinate to the copper cation in bidentate fashion via thiocarbonyl S and deprotonated N atoms forming rarely observed four-membered chelate ring, with nearly planar [CuN2S2] moiety. In solid state, the mononuclear complex is formed for thiourea derivative with 3-bromophenyl, whereas for Cu(II) connection with 2- and 4-bromophenyl-thioureas the formation of dinuclear complexes is observed, the latter formed by the stacking of mononuclear complexes...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822229/vasculogenesis-and-angiogenesis-initiation-under-normoxic-conditions-through-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-gliomas
#8
Alexandre Vallée, Rémy Guillevin, Jean-Noël Vallée
The canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway is up-regulated in gliomas and involved in proliferation, invasion, apoptosis, vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. Nuclear β-catenin accumulation correlates with malignancy. Hypoxia activates hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α by inhibiting HIF-1α prolyl hydroxylation, which promotes glycolytic energy metabolism, vasculogenesis and angiogenesis, whereas HIF-1α is degraded by the HIF prolyl hydroxylase under normoxic conditions. We focus this review on the links between the activated Wnt/β-catenin pathway and the mechanisms underlying vasculogenesis and angiogenesis through HIF-1α under normoxic conditions in gliomas...
August 19, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822201/-pharmacokinetic-research-strategies-of-compatibilities-and-synergistic-effects-of-classical-danshen-herb-pairs-based-on-pharmacokinetics-of-danshen-bingpian-and-danshen-honghua
#9
Cui-Ying Zhang, Wei-Guang Ren
Herb pairs are usual clinical compatibility forms and one of compound prescription sources in Chinese medicine. Pharmacokinetic research in vivo is one of the important items in elucidating the mechanism for synergistic and attenuated mechanisms of herb pairs. The paper comprehensively summarized and systemized the pharmacokinetic researches of marker-ingredients about Danshen-Honghua and Danshen-Bingpian in order to elucidate the rationality and scientificity of herb pairs and provide some feasible suggestions on the pharmacokinetics of drugs in the future...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822135/kinetic-modeling-of-photorespiration
#10
Honglong Zhao, Yi Xiao, Xin-Guang Zhu
Dynamic systems modeling is a method to study systematic properties of a complex system. The basic principles, procedures, and tools available to develop a dynamic systems model of complex metabolic processes are detailed. Here, a photosynthetic carbon metabolism model, which includes the Calvin Benson cycle, photorespiration, and starch and sucrose synthesis pathways, is used as an example to illustrate the whole process of model development.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822132/-13-co2-labeling-and-mass-spectral-analysis-of-photorespiration
#11
Leonardo Perez de Souza, Marek Szecówka, Alisdair R Fernie, Takayuki Tohge
Photorespiratory metabolism is compartmented over the chloroplast, peroxisome, cytosol, and mitochondria, and due to its complex structure it is often the case that metabolite levels alone are not able to fully describe photorespiration. Metabolic fluxes represent a more meaningful biological description of metabolism, adding to metabolite levels and often revealing different aspects of the system such as the presence of inactive metabolic pools of photorespiratory intermediates. We describe here a protocol for the (13)CO2 feeding of Arabidopsis and tracing of (13)C enriched metabolites for metabolic fluxes estimation, which allows high throughput analysis of labeling pattern on different metabolites involved in photorespiration and downstream processes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822130/exploiting-natural-variation-to-discover-candidate-genes-involved-in-photosynthesis-related-traits
#12
Franklin Magnum de Oliveira Silva, Lucas de Ávila Silva, Wagner L Araújo, Agustin Zsögön, Adriano Nunes-Nesi
Naturally occurring genetic variation in plants can be very useful to dissect the complex regulation of primary metabolism as well as of physiological traits such as photosynthesis and photorespiration. The physiological and genetic mechanisms underlying natural variation in closely related species or accessions may provide important information that can be used to improve crop yield. In this chapter we describe in detail the use of a population of introgression lines (ILs), with the Solanum pennellii IL population as a study case, as a tool for the identification of genomic regions involved in the control of photosynthetic efficiency...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822125/in-vitro-alkylation-methods-for-assessing-the-protein-redox-state
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Flavien Zannini, Jérémy Couturier, Olivier Keech, Nicolas Rouhier
Cysteines are important residues for protein structure, function, and regulation. Owing to their modified reactivity, some cysteines can undergo very diverse redox posttranslational modifications, including the reversible formation of disulfide bonds, a widespread protein regulatory process as well exemplified in plant chloroplasts for Calvin-Benson cycle enzymes. Both core- and peripheral-photorespiratory enzymes possess conserved cysteines, some of which have been identified as being subject to oxidative modifications...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822116/interactions-between-variation-in-candidate-genes-and-environmental-factors-in-the-etiology-of-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder-a-systematic-review
#14
REVIEW
Błażej Misiak, Filip Stramecki, Łukasz Gawęda, Katarzyna Prochwicz, Maria M Sąsiadek, Ahmed A Moustafa, Dorota Frydecka
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (BD) are complex and multidimensional disorders with high heritability rates. The contribution of genetic factors to the etiology of these disorders is increasingly being recognized as the action of multiple risk variants with small effect sizes, which might explain only a minor part of susceptibility. On the other site, numerous environmental factors have been found to play an important role in their causality. Therefore, in recent years, several studies focused on gene × environment interactions that are believed to bridge the gap between genetic underpinnings and environmental insults...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822113/economic-evaluation-of-interventions-for-children-with-neurodevelopmental-disorders-opportunities-and-challenges
#15
Ramesh Lamsal, Jennifer D Zwicker
Economic evaluation is a tool used to inform decision makers on the efficiency of comparative healthcare interventions and inform resource allocation decisions. There is a growing need for the use of economic evaluations to assess the value of interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), a population that has increasing demands for healthcare services. Unfortunately, few evaluations have been conducted to date, perhaps stemming from challenges in applying existing economic evaluation methodologies in this heterogeneous population...
August 18, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822093/leonardite-derived-humic-substances-are-great-adsorbents-for-cadmium
#16
Fande Meng, Guodong Yuan, Jing Wei, Dongxue Bi, Hailong Wang
Adsorption is an important mechanism to immobilize cadmium (Cd) in soil, for which humic substances have a potential. However, commercial humic substances are either very acidic (pH = 2) or alkaline/Na(+)-enriched, making them less suitable for use in acid and saline soils. Here, we used leonardite to produce humic adsorbents HA (pH = 4.02), Ca-HA (pH = 10.9), and Ca-CPAM-HA (pH = 9.62) by using HCl, CaCl2, or CaCl2-polyacrylamide as a flocculant. Their elemental compositions, acidity, and spectroscopic properties were determined, and their Cd adsorption characteristics were assessed by batch kinetic and thermodynamic experiments at environmentally relevant concentrations...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822069/characterization-of-ofloxacin-interaction-with-mutated-a91v-quinolone-resistance-determining-region-of-dna-gyrase-in-mycobacterium-leprae-through-computational-simulation
#17
J Nisha, V Shanthi
Mycobacterium leprae, the causal agent of leprosy is non-cultivable in vitro. Thus, the assessment of antibiotic activity against Mycobacterium leprae depends primarily upon the time-consuming mouse footpad system. The GyrA protein of Mycobacterium leprae is the target of the antimycobacterial drug, Ofloxacin. In recent times, the GyrA mutation (A91V) has been found to be resistant to Ofloxacin. This phenomenon has necessitated the development of new, long-acting antimycobacterial compounds. The underlying mechanism of drug resistance is not completely known...
August 18, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822061/co-ultramicronized-palmitoylethanolamide-luteolin-facilitates-the-development-of-differentiating-and-undifferentiated-rat-oligodendrocyte-progenitor-cells
#18
Stephen D Skaper, Massimo Barbierato, Laura Facci, Mila Borri, Gabriella Contarini, Morena Zusso, Pietro Giusti
Oligodendrocytes, the myelin-producing cells of the central nervous system (CNS), have limited capability to bring about repair in chronic CNS neuroinflammatory demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). MS lesions are characterized by a compromised pool of undifferentiated oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) unable to mature into myelin-producing oligodendrocytes. An attractive strategy may be to replace lost OLs and/or promote their maturation. N-palmitoylethanolamine (PEA) is an endogenous fatty acid amide signaling molecule with anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective actions...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822058/immune-dysfunction-in-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-avenues-for-new-immunotherapy-based-strategies
#19
REVIEW
Lorenzo Falchi
PURPOSE OF THIS REVIEW: The present review focuses on key aspects of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) evasion of immune surveillance and how these can be leveraged to devise effective immunotherapy strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: In recent years, significant progress has been made in the field of cancer immunotherapy. In particular, the remarkable clinical results of anti-programmed death (PD)-1/PD-ligand (L)1 antibodies are revolutionizing the treatment approach to multiple solid and hematologic tumors...
August 18, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821991/transcranial-doppler-in-autonomic-testing-standards-and-clinical-applications
#20
REVIEW
Lucy Norcliffe-Kaufmann, Brahyan Galindo-Mendez, Ana-Lucia Garcia-Guarniz, Estibaliz Villarreal-Vitorica, Vera Novak
When cerebral blood flow falls below a critical limit, syncope occurs and, if prolonged, ischemia leads to neuronal death. The cerebral circulation has its own complex finely tuned autoregulatory mechanisms to ensure blood supply to the brain can meet the high metabolic demands of the underlying neuronal tissue. This involves the interplay between myogenic and metabolic mechanisms, input from noradrenergic and cholinergic neurons, and the release of vasoactive substrates, including adenosine from astrocytes and nitric oxide from the endothelium...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
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