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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650586/a-complete-thermodynamic-analysis-of-enzyme-turnover-links-the-free-energy-landscape-to-enzyme-catalysis
#1
Hannah Bl Jones, Stephen A Wells, Erica J Prentice, Anthony Kwok, Liyin L Liang, Vickery L Arcus, Christopher R Pudney
Our understanding of how enzymes work is colored by static structure depictions where the enzyme scaffold is presented as either immobile, or in equilibrium between well-defined static conformations. Proteins however exhibit a large degree of motion over a broad range of timescales and magnitudes and this is defined thermodynamically by the enzyme free energy landscape (FEL). The role and importance of enzyme motion is extremely contentious. Much of the challenge is in the experimental detection of so called 'conformational sampling' involved in enzyme turnover...
June 26, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650094/hydroxyapatite-polymer-biocomposites-for-bone-regeneration-a-review-of-current-trends
#2
REVIEW
Niranjan Ramesh, Stephen C Moratti, George J Dias
Bone tissue engineering has emerged as one of the most indispensable approaches to address bone trauma in the past few decades. This approach offers an efficient and a risk-free alternative to autografts and allografts by employing a combination of biomaterials and cells to promote bone regeneration. Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a ceramic biomaterial that mimics the mineral composition of bones and teeth in vertebrates. HA, commonly produced via several synthetic routes over the years has been found to exhibit good bioactivity, biocompatibility, and osteoconductivity under both in vitro and in vivo conditions...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647625/thermoresponsive-poly-glycidyl-ether-brushes-on-gold-surface-engineering-parameters-and-their-implication-for-cell-sheet-fabrication
#3
Silke Heinen, José Luis Cuellar-Camacho, Marie Weinhart
Thermoresponsive polymer coatings, optimized for cell adhesion and thermally-triggered cell detachment, allow the fabrication of confluent cell sheets with intact extracellular matrix. However, rational design guidelines for such coatings are rare, since temperature-triggered cell adhesion and detachment from thermoresponsive surfaces are mechanistically not well understood. Herein, we investigated the impact of molecular weight (2, 9, 24 kDa), grafting density (0.04 - 1.4 chains nm(-2)), morphology, and roughness of well-characterized thermoresponsive poly(glycidyl ether) brushes on the cell response at 37 and 20°C...
June 21, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643343/alpha-beta-hydrolases-a-unique-structural-motif-coordinates-catalytic-acid-residue-in-40-protein-fold-families
#4
Polytimi S Dimitriou, Alexander Denesyuk, Seiji Takahashi, Satoshi Yamashita, Mark S Johnson, Toru Nakayama, Konstantin Denessiouk
The alpha/beta-hydrolases (ABH) are a family of acid-base-nucleophile catalytic triad enzymes with a common fold, but using a wide variety of substrates, having different pH optima, catalyzing unique catalytic reactions and often showing improved chemical and thermo stability. The ABH enzymes are prime targets for protein engineering. Here, we have classified active sites from 51 representative members of 40 structural ABH fold families into eight distinct conserved geometries. We demonstrate the occurrence of a common structural motif, the catalytic acid zone, at the catalytic triad acid turn...
June 23, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636203/directional-matrix-nanotopography-with-varied-sizes-for-engineering-wound-healing
#5
Jangho Kim, Won-Gyu Bae, Yeon Ju Kim, Hoon Seonwoo, Han-Wool Choung, Kyoung-Je Jang, Sunho Park, Bog Hee Kim, Hong-Nam Kim, Kyoung Soon Choi, Myung-Sun Kim, Pill-Hoon Choung, Yun-Hoon Choung, Jong Hoon Chung
Topographic features play a crucial role in the regulation of physiologically relevant cell and tissue functions. Here, an analysis of feature-size-dependent cell-nanoarchitecture interactions is reported using an array of scaffolds in the form of uniformly spaced ridge/groove structures for engineering wound healing. The ridge and groove widths of nanopatterns are varied from 300 to 800 nm and the nanotopography features are classified into three size ranges: dense (300-400 nm), intermediate (500-600 nm), and sparse (700-800 nm)...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635382/white-cell-and-platelet-content-affects-the-release-of-bioactive-factors-in-different-blood-derived-scaffolds
#6
S Cabaro, V D'Esposito, R Gasparro, F Borriello, F Granata, G Mosca, F Passaretti, J C Sammartino, F Riccitiello, F Beguinot, P Formisano, G Sammartino
Platelet-derived factors are biomaterials that might accelerate healing process in oral, maxillofacial, and several other applications. Release of specific factors by platelet concentrates is critical to achieving a successful outcome. Here, we have shown that platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) clots were beneficial sources of leukocytes, which may directly affect the release of chemokines and growth factors. When compared with the standard leukocyte-PRF (L-PRF), the experimental low-force modified procedure [defined as advanced-PRF (A-PRF)] entrapped the same content of viable leukocytes, released a similar amount of inflammatory cytokines, but secreted 3-, 1...
June 21, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634532/cellularizing-hydrogel-based-scaffolds-to-repair-bone-tissue-how-to-create-a-physiologically-relevant-micro-environment
#7
Mathieu Maisani, Daniele Pezzoli, Olivier Chassande, Diego Mantovani
Tissue engineering is a promising alternative to autografts or allografts for the regeneration of large bone defects. Cell-free biomaterials with different degrees of sophistication can be used for several therapeutic indications, to stimulate bone repair by the host tissue. However, when osteoprogenitors are not available in the damaged tissue, exogenous cells with an osteoblast differentiation potential must be provided. These cells should have the capacity to colonize the defect and to participate in the building of new bone tissue...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628484/battling-bacterial-infection-with-hexamethylene-diisocyanate-cross-linked-and-cefaclor-loaded-collagen-scaffolds
#8
E K Tsekoura, A L Helling, J G Wall, Y Bayon, D I Zeugolis
Implant infections remain a major healthcare problem due to the prolonged hospitalisation period required to disrupt and treat bacterial biofilm formation, and the need for additional surgery to remove/replace the infected implant, which if not removed in a timely manner may lead to sepsis. Although localised drug administration, via an implanted scaffold, has shown promise in a clinical setting, the ideal scaffold cross-linking (to initially withstand the aggressive infection environment) and drug (to be effective against infection) have yet to be identified...
June 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618219/hierarchical-microspheres-constructed-from-chitin-nanofibers-penetrated-hydroxyapatite-crystals-for-bone-regeneration
#9
Bo Duan, Kangquan Shou, Xiaojuan Su, Yahui Niu, Guan Zheng, Yao Huang, Ai-Xi Yu, Yu Zhang, Hong Xia, Lina Zhang
Chitin exists abundantly in the crab and shrimp shell as the template of the minerals, which inspired us to mineralize it for fabricating the bone grafting materials. In present work, chitin nanofibrous microspheres were used as the matrix for in situ synthesisof the hydroxyapatite (HA) crystals including micro-flake, submicron-needle and submicron-osphere, which were penetrated by long chitin nanofibers, leading to the hierarchical structure. The shape and size of the HA crystals could be controled by changing the HA synthesisprocess...
June 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617667/a-heuristic-computational-model-of-basic-cellular-processes-and-oxygenation-during-spheroid-dependent-biofabrication
#10
T J Sego, U Kasacheuski, D Hauersperger, A Tovar, N I Moldovan
An emerging approach in biofabrication is the creation of 3D tissue constructs through scaffold-free, cell spheroid-only methods. The basic mechanism in this technology is spheroid fusion, which is driven by the minimization of energy, the same biophysical mechanism that governs spheroid formation. However, other factors such as oxygen and metabolite accessibility within spheroids impact on spheroid properties and their ability to form larger-scale structures. The goal of our work is to develop a simulation platform eventually capable of predicting the conditions that minimize metabolism-related cell loss within spheroids...
June 15, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617341/microwave-assisted-facile-synthesis-anticancer-evaluation-and-docking-study-of-n-5-substituted-methylene-amino-1-3-4-thiadiazol-2-yl-methyl-benzamide-derivatives
#11
Shailee V Tiwari, Sumaiya Siddiqui, Julio A Seijas, M Pilar Vazquez-Tato, Aniket P Sarkate, Deepak K Lokwani, Anna Pratima G Nikalje
In the present work, 12 novel Schiff's bases containing a thiadiazole scaffold and benzamide groups coupled through appropriate pharmacophore were synthesized. These moieties are associated with important biological properties. A facile, solvent-free synthesis of a series of novel 7(a-l) N-((5-(substituted methylene amino)-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)methyl) benzamide was carried out under microwave irradiation. Structures of the synthesized compounds were confirmed by IR, NMR, mass spectral study and elemental analysis...
June 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616075/proximity-ligation-scaffolding-and-comparison-of-two-trichoderma-reesei-strains-genomes
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Etienne Jourdier, Lyam Baudry, Dante Poggi-Parodi, Yoan Vicq, Romain Koszul, Antoine Margeot, Martial Marbouty, Frédérique Bidard
BACKGROUND: The presence of low complexity and repeated regions in genomes often results in difficulties to assemble sequencing data into full chromosomes. However, the availability of full genome scaffolds is essential to several investigations, regarding for instance the evolution of entire clades, the analysis of chromosome rearrangements, and is pivotal to sexual crossing studies. In non-conventional but industrially relevant model organisms, such as the ascomycete Trichoderma reesei, a complete genome assembly is seldom available...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613388/self-assembled-polymeric-ionic-liquid-functionalized-cellulose-nano-crystals-constructing-3d-ion-conducting-channels-within-ionic-liquid-based-composite-polymer-electrolytes
#13
Xuan Qing Shi, Qing Xia, Xiao Xiang, Yun Sheng Ye, Yan Hai Peng, Gang Zhi Xue, Lin Xiao Xie, Yiu-Wing Mai
Composite polymeric and ionic liquid (IL) electrolytes are some of the most promising electrolyte systems for safer battery technology. Although much effort has been directed towards enhancing the transport properties of polymer electrolytes (PEs) through nanoscopic modification by incorporating nano-fillers, it is still difficult to construct ideal ion conducting networks. Here, a novel class of three-dimensional self-assembled polymeric ionic liquid (PIL)-functionalized cellulose nano-crystals (CNC) confining ILs in surface-grafted PIL polymer chains, able to form colloidal crystal polymer electrolytes (CCPE), is reported...
June 14, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610487/establishment-of-novel-meniscal-scaffold-structures-using-polyglycolic-and-poly-l-lactic-acids
#14
Tomohiko Murakami, Shuhei Otsuki, Kosuke Nakagawa, Yoshinori Okamoto, Tae Inoue, Yuki Sakamoto, Hideki Sato, Masashi Neo
The purpose of this study was to evaluate various types of meniscus scaffolds that mimic the meniscus structure, and to establish a novel cell-free meniscus scaffold with polyglycolic acid or poly-l-lactic acid. Four types of scaffolds were implanted into Japanese white rabbits: poly-l-lactic acid sponge poly-l-lactic acid, PGA-coated PLLA sponge, PGA lamination, and film-coated PGA lamination. Samples were harvested at 8 and 12 weeks after implantation, and a compression stress test was performed. The meniscus size and Ishida scores were evaluated for regenerated tissue...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605073/antibody-mimetic-peptoid-nanosheet-for-label-free-serum-based-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Ling Zhu, Zijian Zhao, Peng Cheng, Zhaohui He, Zhiqiang Cheng, Jiaxi Peng, Huayi Wang, Chen Wang, Yanlian Yang, Zhiyuan Hu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia characterized by progressive cognitive decline. Current diagnosis of AD is based on symptoms, neuropsychological tests, and neuroimaging, and is usually evident years after the pathological process. Early assessment at the preclinical or prodromal stage is in a great demand since treatment after the onset can hardly stop or reverse the disease progress. However, early diagnosis of AD is challenging due to the lack of reliable noninvasive approaches...
June 12, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604717/tension-stimulation-drives-tissue-formation-in-scaffold-free-systems
#16
Jennifer K Lee, Le W Huwe, Nikolaos Paschos, Ashkan Aryaei, Courtney A Gegg, Jerry C Hu, Kyriacos A Athanasiou
Scaffold-free systems have emerged as viable approaches for engineering load-bearing tissues. However, the tensile properties of engineered tissues have remained far below the values for native tissue. Here, by using self-assembled articular cartilage as a model to examine the effects of intermittent and continuous tension stimulation on tissue formation, we show that the application of tension alone, or in combination with matrix remodelling and synthesis agents, leads to neocartilage with tensile properties approaching those of native tissue...
June 12, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604361/synthetic-scaffolds-with-full-pore-interconnectivity-for-bone-regeneration-prepared-by-supercritical-foaming-using-advanced-biofunctional-plasticizers
#17
Aurelio Salerno, Sara Diéguez, Luis Diaz-Gomez, Jose Luis Gomez-Amoza, Beatriz Magariños, Angel Concheiro, Concepcion Domingo, Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo, Carlos A García-González
Supercritical foaming allows for the solvent-free processing of synthetic scaffolds for bone regeneration. However, the control on the pore interconnectivity and throat pore size with this technique still needs to be improved. The use of plasticizers may help to overcome these limitations. Eugenol, a GRAS natural compound extracted from plants, is proposed in this work as an advanced plasticizer with bioactive properties. Eugenol-containing poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffolds were obtained by supercritical foaming (20...
June 12, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601648/sequential-igf-1-and-bmp-6-releasing-chitosan-alginate-plga-hybrid-scaffolds-for-periodontal-regeneration
#18
Tuğba Duruel, Anıl Sera Çakmak, Abdullah Akman, Rahime M Nohutcu, Menemşe Gümüşderelioğlu
The goal of periodontal tissue engineering is to repair or regenerate the destructed or lost periodontium by improving functions of cells in the remaining tissue. For continuty of cell growth process, two group of growth factors, i.e. competence factors and progression factors, are needed to act together. However, the short biological half-life of these factors limits their effects on cells and their clinical efficacy. The purpose of this study is to develop different microparticles-loaded chitosan carriers/scaffolds for controlled and sequential delivery of a competence factor, insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), and progression factor, bone morphogenetic factor-6 (BMP-6)...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600826/tinker-openmm-absolute-and-relative-alchemical-free-energies-using-amoeba-on-gpus
#19
Matthew Harger, Daniel Li, Zhi Wang, Kevin Dalby, Louis Lagardère, Jean-Philip Piquemal, Jay Ponder, Pengyu Ren
The capabilities of the polarizable force fields for alchemical free energy calculations have been limited by the high computational cost and complexity of the underlying potential energy functions. In this work, we present a GPU-based general alchemical free energy simulation platform for polarizable potential AMOEBA. Tinker-OpenMM, the OpenMM implementation of the AMOEBA simulation engine has been modified to enable both absolute and relative alchemical simulations on GPUs, which leads to a ∼200-fold improvement in simulation speed over a single CPU core...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600401/comparison-of-a-drug-free-early-programmed-dismantling-pdlla-bioresorbable-scaffold-and-a-metallic-stent-in-a-porcine-coronary-artery-model-at-3-year-follow-up
#20
Kazuyuki Yahagi, Yi Yang, Sho Torii, Johanne Mensah, Roseann M White, Marion Mathieu, Erica Pacheco, Masataka Nakano, Abdul Barakat, Tahmer Sharkawi, Michel Vert, Michael Joner, Aloke V Finn, Renu Virmani, Antoine Lafont
BACKGROUND: Arterial Remodeling Technologies bioresorbable scaffold (ART-BRS), composed of l- and d-lactyl units without drug, has shown its safety in a porcine coronary model at 6 months. However, long-term performance remains unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ART-BRS compared to a bare metal stent (BMS) in a healthy porcine coronary model for up to 3 years. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighty-two ART-BRS and 66 BMS were implanted in 64 Yucatan swine, and animals were euthanatized at intervals of 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, and 36 months to determine the vascular response using quantitative coronary angiography, optical coherence tomography, light and scanning electron microscopy, and molecular weight analysis...
June 9, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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