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Money Gupta, Rashi Chauhan, Yamuna Prasad, Gulshan Wadhwa, Chakresh Kumar Jain
The lack of complete treatments and appearance of multiple drug-resistance strains of Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) are causing an increased risk of lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Bcc infection is a big risk to human health and demands an urgent need to identify new therapeutics against these bacteria. Network biology has emerged as one of the prospective hope in identifying novel drug targets and hits. We have applied protein-protein interaction methodology to identify new drug-target candidates (orthologs) in Burkhloderia cepacia GG4, which is an important strain for studying the quorum-sensing phenomena...
October 8, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Sarah Carter Narendorf, Michelle R Munson, Micki Washburn, Nicole Fedoravicius, Richard Wagner, Sara K Flores
Young adults have low rates of outpatient service utilization and higher rates of emergency service use compared to older adults. This study explored pathways to crisis service use for uninsured young adults who accessed emergency psychiatric treatment. Participants were 55 young adults (ages 18-25) who were on an inpatient short-term stabilization unit and had qualifying diagnoses for outpatient services (bipolar, major depression, or schizophrenia). Semistructured qualitative interviews were conducted to understand decision-making and the events that led to service use...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Shrikant S Maktedar, Gopal Avashthi, Man Singh
The new sonochemical approach for simultaneous reduction and direct functionalization of graphene oxide (GrO) has been developed. The GrO was functionalized with 2-Aminobenzoxazole (2-ABOZ) in twenty min with complete deletion of hazardous steps. The significance of ultrasound was exemplified with the comparative conventional methods. The newly prepared f-(2-ABOZ)GrO was extensively characterized with near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, (13)C solid state NMR, XPS, XRD, HRTEM, SAED, AFM, Raman, UV-vis, FTIR and TGA...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Shrikant S Maktedar, Shantilal S Mehetre, Gopal Avashthi, Man Singh
The rapid, robust, scalable and non-hazardous sonochemical approach for in situ reduction and direct functionalization of graphene oxide has been developed for non-toxic biomedical applications. The graphene oxide (GrO) was directly functionalized with tryptamine (TA) without using any hazardous acylating and coupling reagents. The reaction was completed within 20min. An impact of ultrasound was inferred for a direct functionalization with other conventional methods. The evolved electronic states were confirmed with near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS)...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Ju Hui Jeong, Yong Jin Oh, Taeg Kyu Kwon, Young Ho Seo
The molecular chaperone Hsp90 has emerged as an attractive cancer therapeutic target due to its role in cellular homeostasis by modulating the stabilization and maturation of many oncogenic proteins. In this study, we designed and synthesized a series of Hsp90 inhibitors that hybridized NVP-AUY992 (2) and PU3 (3) in the chalcone scaffold using a structure-based approach. Our results indicate that compound 1g inhibited the proliferation of gefitinib-resistant non-small cell lung cancer (H1975) cells, downregulated the expression of client proteins of Hsp90 including EGFR, MET, Her2 and Akt, and up-regulated the expression of Hsp70...
October 21, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Chanakan Tongsook, Johannes Niederhauser, Elena Kronegger, Grit Straganz, Peter Macheroux
The degradation of histamine catalyzed by the SAM-dependent histamine N-methyltransferase (HNMT) is critically important for the maintenance of neurological processes. Recently, two mutations in the encoding human gene were reported to give rise to dysfunctional protein variants (G60D and L208P) leading to intellectual disability. In the present study, we have expressed eight L208 variants with either apolar (L208F and L208V), polar (L208N and L208T) or charged (L208D, L208H, L208K and L208R) amino acids to define the impact of side chain variations on protein structure and function...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Danielle L Brunjes, Adam Castano, Autumn Clemons, Jonah Rubin, Mathew S Maurer
Wild type transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTRwt), formerly called senile cardiac amyloidosis (SCA), is almost exclusively a disorder of older adults. As the population ages, the diagnosis of ATTRwt will increase making it the most common form of cardiac amyloidosis. An important precondition to reduce under-diagnosis and misdiagnosis is to maintain a high index of suspicion for cardiac amyloidosis. Several clues can be gleaned from the clinical history, physical exam, electrocardiogram and non-invasive imaging techniques...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Mingxue Wu, Gang Chen, Jiutong Ma, Ping Liu, Qiong Jia
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are an emerging class of porous organic frameworks with diverse promising applications. Herein, we presented the first example of cross-linked hydrazone COFs (cross-linked COFs) coating via thiol-ene click chemistry for solid phase microextraction (SPME). Strong covalent bonds and interlayer of the prepared networks ensured the adsorption capacity and durability of the novel SPME fiber. π-π conjugated structure existed because of abundant phenyl rings and -C=N groups in the cross-lined COFs...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Alexandre Darmon, Michael Benzaquen, Simon Čopar, Olivier Dauchot, Teresa Lopez-Leon
We investigate experimentally and numerically the defect configurations emerging when a cholesteric liquid crystal is confined to a spherical shell. We uncover a rich scenario of defect configurations, some of them non-existent in nematic shells, where new types of defects are stabilized by the helical ordering of the liquid crystal. In contrast to nematic shells, here defects are not simple singular points or lines, but have a large structured core. Specifically, we observe five different types of cholesteric shells...
October 21, 2016: Soft Matter
Thidarat Wongpinyochit, Blair F Johnston, F Philipp Seib
Silk is a promising biopolymer for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications due to its outstanding mechanical properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, as well its ability to protect and subsequently release its payload in response to a trigger. While silk can be formulated into various material formats, silk nanoparticles are emerging as promising drug delivery systems. Therefore, this article covers the procedures for reverse engineering silk cocoons to yield a regenerated silk solution that can be used to generate stable silk nanoparticles...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Ramón Martínez-Mármol, Bruna Barneda-Zahonero, David Soto, Rosa Maria Andrés, Elena Coccia, Xavier Gasull, Laura Planells-Ferrer, Rana S Moubarak, Eduardo Soriano, Joan X Comella
Caspases have recently emerged as key regulators of axonal pruning and degeneration and of long-term depression (LTD), a long-lasting form of synaptic plasticity. However, the mechanism underlying these functions remains unclear. In this context, XIAP has been shown to modulate these processes. The neuron-specific form of FAIM protein (FAIM-L) is a death receptor antagonist that stabilizes XIAP protein levels, thus preventing death receptor-induced neuronal apoptosis. Here we show that FAIM-L modulates synaptic transmission, prevents chemical-LTD induction in hippocampal neurons, and thwarts axon degeneration after nerve growth factor (NGF) withdrawal...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Wenmei Ming, Mina Yoon, Mao-Hua Du, Kimoon Lee, Sung Wng Kim
Two-dimensional (2D) electrides, emerging as a new type of layered material whose electrons are confined in interlayer spaces instead of at atomic proximities, are receiving interest for their high performance in various (opto)electronics and catalytic applications. Experimentally, however, 2D electrides have been only found in a couple of layered nitrides and carbides. Here, we report new thermodynamically stable alkaline-earth based 2D electrides by using a first-principles global structure optimization method, phonon spectrum analysis, and molecular dynamics simulation...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Ashley L Greene, Nicholas R Eaton
BACKGROUND: Structural models of psychopathology indicate that common mental disorder comorbidity reflects latent transdiagnostic factors. Multiple studies have replicated transdiagnostic internalizing (mood and anxiety disorders) and externalizing (substance use, antisociality-, and impulsivity-related disorders) factors; other studies support distress and fear sub-factors of internalizing. These factors show a high degree of temporal stability. Recently, a bifactor conceptualization of multivariate comorbidity has emerged, positing the existence of an orthogonal general psychopathology factor that saturates all diagnoses in addition to internalizing/distress/fear and externalizing, although no studies have examined the temporal stability of the factors in this competing model over time among adults...
September 28, 2016: Comprehensive Psychiatry
Aviroop Dutt-Mazumder, Seymon M Slobounov, John Henry Challis, Karl Maxim Newell
This investigation examined the effects of slope of the surface of support (35°, 30°, 20°, 10° Facing(Toe) Down, 0° Flat and 10°, 20°, 25° Facing (Toe) Up) and postural orientation on the margins of postural stability in quiet standing of young adults. The findings showed that the center of pressure-CoP (displacement, area and length) had least motion at the baseline (0° Flat) platform condition that progressively increased as a function of platform angle in both facing up and down directions. The virtual time to collision (VTC) dynamics revealed that the spatio-temporal margins to the functional stability boundary were progressively smaller and the VTC time series also more regular (SampEn-Sample Entropy) as slope angle increased...
2016: PloS One
Yadveer Singh Grewal, Muhammad J A Shiddiky, Stephen M Mahler, Gerard A Cangelosi, Matt Trau
Rapid progress in disease biomarker discovery has increased the need for robust detection technologies. In the past several years, the designs of many immunoaffinity reagents have focused on lowering costs, improving specificity while also promoting stability. Antibody fragments (scFvs) have long been displayed on the surface of yeast and phage libraries for selection, however the stable production of such fragments presents challenges that hamper their widespread use in diagnostics. Membrane and cell wall proteins similarly suffer from stability problems when solubilized from their native environment...
October 20, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Axel Wuttke, Ricardo A Mata
The interpretation of chemical properties/phenomena can often be aided through the use of imagery. The mapping of molecular electrostatic potentials is a prime example, serving as a guideline in the design of novel compounds or understanding transition state stabilization effects. It is today a common tool for theoreticians and experimentalists alike. With the emergence of concepts such as dispersion energy donors, and the overall importance of dispersion in chemical systems, representations targeting such a class of interactions are warranted...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Computational Chemistry
Simona Citro, Susanna Chiocca
Attachment of ubiquitin or ubiquitin-like (Ubl) modifiers, such as the small ubiquitin-related modifier SUMO, is a posttranslational modification (PTM) that reversibly regulates the function and the stability of target proteins. The SUMO paralogs SUMO1 and SUMO2/3, although sharing a common conjugation pathway, seem to play different roles in the cell. Many regulatory mechanisms, which contribute to SUMO-paralog-specific modification, have emerged. We have recently found that cell environment affects SUMO-paralog-specific sumoylation of HDAC1, whose conjugation to SUMO1 and not to SUMO2 facilitates its protein turnover...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Shigeo Ohba, Joydeep Mukherjee, Tor-Christian Johannessen, Andrew Mancini, Tracy T Chow, Matthew Wood, Lindsey Jones, Tali Mazor, Roxanne E Marshall, Pavithra Viswanath, Kyle M Walsh, Arie Perry, Robert J A Bell, Joanna J Phillips, Joseph F Costello, Sabrina M Ronen, Russell O Pieper
Mutations in the isocitrate dehydrogenase gene IDH1 are common in lower-grade glioma where they result in the production of 2-hydroxyglutarate (2HG), disrupted patterns of histone methylation and gliomagenesis. IDH1 mutations also co-segregate with mutations in the ATRX gene and the TERT promoter, suggesting that IDH mutation may drive the creation or selection of telomere-stabilizing events as part of immortalization/transformation process. To determine if and how this may occur, we investigated the phenotype of pRb/p53-deficient human astrocytes engineered with IDH1 wild-type (WT) or R132H mutant (IDH1mut) genes as they progressed through their lifespan...
October 6, 2016: Cancer Research
Prabhakar Panzade, Giridhar R Shendarkar
Pharmaceutical cocrystal is an emerging approach to tailor physicochemical and mechanical properties of drug substances. Cocrystals are composed of API and pharmaceutically acceptable coformer. It can be used to address the solubility, dissolution, mechanical properties, stability of drugs. This review discusses introduction to cocrystal, preparation and characterization, what USFDA says on cocrystal and role of Hansen solubility parameter to predict cocrystal. The effect of cocrystal on drug properties, dependence of cocrystal solubility on pH, concept of drug-drug cocrystal and aerosil 200 as novel cocrystal former and impact of cocrystal on drug pharmacokinetic has also been presented in this review along with highly selected examples of cocrystals...
October 18, 2016: Current Drug Delivery
Mark O'Driscoll
Accurate and efficient replication of the human genome occurs in the context of an array of constitutional barriers including regional topological constraints imposed by chromatin architecture and processes such as transcription, catenation of the helical polymer and spontaneously generated DNA lesions including base modifications and strand breaks. DNA replication is fundamentally important for tissue development and homeostasis; differentiation programmes are intimately linked with stem cell division. Unsurprisingly, impairments of the DNA replication machinery can have catastrophic consequences for genome stability and cell division...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pathology
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