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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331784/photo-cross-linked-dual-responsive-hollow-capsules-mimicking-cell-membrane-for-controllable-cargo-post-encapsulation-and-release
#1
Xiaoling Liu, Dietmar Appelhans, Qiang Wei, Brigitte Voit
Multifunctional and responsive hollow capsules are ideal candidates to establish highly sophisticated compartments mimicking cell membranes for controllable bio-inspired functions. For this purpose pH and temperature dual-responsive and photo-cross-linked hollow capsules, based on silica-templated layer-by-layer approach by using poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide)-block-polymethacrylate) and polyallylamine, have been prepared to use them for the subsequent and easily available post-encapsulation process of protein-like macromolecules at room temperature and pH 7...
March 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330144/upcot-an-integrated-pipeline-tool-for-clustering-upstream-dna-sequences-of-orthologous-genes-in-prokaryotic-genomes
#2
P V Parvati Sai Arun, Jogadhenu S S Prakash
UpCoT is a pipeline tool developed by automating the series of steps involved in prediction of cis-regulatory elements. UpCoT generates orthologs for each gene in target genome using bi-directional best blast hit against the reference genomes, then identifies potential orthologous transcriptional units using intergenic distance. Finally it generates the FASTA files containing upstream sequences of orthologous transcriptional units of each gene in target genome. The inputs of UpCoT are protein sequence files (*...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328192/molecular-insights-on-dissolved-organic-matter-transformation-by-supraglacial-microbial-communities
#3
Runa Antony, Amanda S Willoughby, Amanda M Grannas, Victoria Catanzano, Rachel L Sleighter, Meloth Thamban, Patrick G Hatcher, Shanta Nair
Snow overlays the majority of Antarctica and is an important repository of dissolved organic matter (DOM). DOM transformations by supraglacial microbes are not well understood. We use ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry to elucidate molecular changes in snowpack DOM by in situ microbial processes (up to 55 days) in a coastal Antarctic site. Both autochthonous and allochthonous DOM is highly bio-available and is transformed by resident microbial communities through parallel processes of degradation and synthesis...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319371/expression-of-heterologous-sigma-factor-expands-the-searchable-space-for-biofuel-tolerance-mechanisms
#4
Timothy A Tomko, Mary J Dunlop
Microorganisms can produce hydrocarbons that can serve as replacements or additions to conventional liquid fuels for use in the transportation sector. However, a common problem in the microbial synthesis of biofuels is that these compounds often have toxic effects on the cell. In this study, we focused on mitigating the toxicity of the bio-jet fuel precursor pinene on Escherichia coli. We used genomic DNA from Pseudomonas putida KT2440, which has innate solvent-tolerance properties, to create transgenic libraries in an E...
March 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315295/proton-nmr-metabolic-profiling-of-csf-reveals-distinct-differentiation-of-meningitis-from-negative-controls
#5
Tanushri Chatterji, Suruchi Singh, Manodeep Sen, Ajai Kumar Singh, Gaurav Raj Agarwal, Deepak Kumar Singh, Janmejai Kumar Srivastava, Alka Singh, Rajendra Nath Srivastava, Raja Roy
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is an essential bio-fluid of the central nervous system (CNS), playing a vital role in the protection of CNS and performing neuronal function regulation. The chemical composition of CSF varies during onset of meningitis, neurodegenerative disorders (positive controls) and in traumatic cases (negative controls). METHODS: The study design was broadly categorized into meningitis cases, negative controls and positive controls. Further differentiation among the three groups was carried out using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) followed by supervised Partial Least Square Discriminant Analysis (PLS-DA)...
March 14, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314208/long-term-effects-of-sulphide-on-the-enhanced-biological-removal-of-phosphorus-the-symbiotic-role-of-thiothrix-caldifontis
#6
F J Rubio-Rincón, L Welles, C M Lopez-Vazquez, M Nierychlo, B Abbas, M Geleijnse, P H Nielsen, M C M van Loosdrecht, D Brdjanovic
Thiothrix caldifontis was the dominant microorganism (with an estimated bio-volume of 65 ± 3%) in a lab-scale enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) system containing 100 mg of sulphide per litre in the influent. After a gradual exposure to the presence of sulphide, the EBPR system initially dominated by Candidatus Accumulibacter phosphatis Clade I (98 ± 3% bio-volume) (a known polyphosphate accumulating organism, PAO) became enriched with T. caldifontis. Throughout the different operating conditions studied, practically 100% phosphate removal was always achieved...
March 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304023/peptide-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-versatile-biomaterials-for-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-applications
#7
REVIEW
Jingyi Zong, Steven L Cobb, Neil R Cameron
Colloidal gold solutions have been used for centuries in a wide variety of applications including staining glass and in the colouring of ceramics. More recently, gold nanoparticles (GNPs) have been studied extensively due to their interesting size-dependent electronic and optical properties. GNPs can be functionalized easily with biomolecules that contain thiols, amines, or even phosphine moieties. For example, the reaction of thiol-containing peptides with GNPs has been used extensively to prepare novel hybrid materials for biomedical applications...
March 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300204/non-invasive-aerosol-delivery-and-transport-of-gold-nanoparticles-to-the-brain
#8
Ramesh Raliya, Debajit Saha, Tandeep S Chadha, Baranidharan Raman, Pratim Biswas
Targeted delivery of nanoscale carriers containing packaged payloads to the central nervous system has potential use in many diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Moreover, understanding of the bio-interactions of the engineered nanoparticles used for tissue-specific delivery by non-invasive delivery approaches are also of paramount interest. Here, we have examined this issue systematically in a relatively simple invertebrate model using insects. We synthesized 5 nm, positively charged gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and targeted their delivery using the electrospray aerosol generator...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300074/total-synthesis-of-mycobacterial-arabinogalactan-containing-92-monosaccharide-units
#9
Yong Wu, De-Cai Xiong, Si-Cong Chen, Yong-Shi Wang, Xin-Shan Ye
Carbohydrates are diverse bio-macromolecules with highly complex structures that are involved in numerous biological processes. Well-defined carbohydrates obtained by chemical synthesis are essential to the understanding of their functions. However, synthesis of carbohydrates is greatly hampered by its insufficient efficiency. So far, assembly of long carbohydrate chains remains one of the most challenging tasks for synthetic chemists. Here we describe a highly efficient assembly of a 92-mer polysaccharide by the preactivation-based one-pot glycosylation protocol...
March 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297751/preparation-of-vsv-g-viral-envelope-glycoprotein-from-pichia-pastoris-enhances-transfection-of-dna-into-animal-cells
#10
Xin Liu, Ying Dong, Jingquan Wang, Long Li, Zhenmin Zhong, Yun-Pan Li, Shao-Jun Chen, Yu-Cai Fu, Wen-Can Xu, Chi-Ju Wei
Vesicular stomatitis virus G glycoprotein (VSV-G) has been widely used for pseudotyping retroviral, lentiviral and artificial viral vectors. The objective of this study was to establish a potential approach for large scale production of VSV-G. To this end, VSV-G was cloned with a N-terminal His-tag into Pichia pastoris expression vector pPIC3.5K. Three clones (Mut(s)) containing the VSV-G expression cassette were identified by PCR. All clones proliferated normally in expansion medium, while the proliferation was reduced significantly under induction conditions...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287429/d-amino-acid-position-influences-the-anticancer-activity-of-galaxamide-analogs-an-apoptotic-mechanism-study
#11
Defa Bai, Siming Yu, Shenghui Zhong, Bingxin Zhao, Shaoling Qiu, Jianwei Chen, Jignesh Lunagariya, Xiaojian Liao, Shihai Xu
Galaxamide, an extract from Galaxaura filamentosa, is a cyclic pentapeptide containing five l-leucines. Due to the particular cyclic structure and the excellent anticancer activity, synthesis of Galaxamide and its analogs and their subsequent bio-applications have attracted great attention. In the present work, we synthesized six Galaxamide analogs by replacing one of the l-leucines with phenylalanine and varying the d-amino acid position. The anticancer effect of the synthesized Galaxamide analogs was tested against four in vitro human cancer cell lines, human hepatocellular cells (HepG₂), human breast cancer cell (MCF-7), human breast adenocarcinoma cells (MDA-MB-435) and a human cervical carcinoma cell line (Hela)...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285159/hydroxyapatite-reinforced-inherent-rgd-containing-silk-fibroin-composite-scaffolds-promising-platform-for-bone-tissue-engineering
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Sibaram Behera, Deboki Naskar, Sunaina Sapru, Promita Bhattacharjee, Tuli Dey, Ananta K Ghosh, Mahitosh Mandal, Subhas C Kundu
Replacement and repair of ectopic bone defects and traumatized bone tissues are done using porous scaffolds and composites. The prerequisites for such scaffolds include high mechanical strength, osseoconductivity and cytocompatibility. The present work is designed to address such requirements by fabricating a reinforced cytocompatible scaffold. Biocompatible silk protein fibroin collected from tropical non-mulberry tasar silkworm (Antheraea mylitta) is used to fabricate fibroin-hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanocomposite particles using chemical precipitation method...
March 8, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284055/synthesis-of-a-rare-earth-doped-hafnia-hydrosol-towards-injectable-luminescent-nanocolloids
#13
Aleksandra D Furasova, Anna F Fakhardo, Valentin A Milichko, Elena Tervoort, Markus Niederberger, Vladimir V Vinogradov
A major obstacle in the introduction of luminescent nanoparticles (NPs) for medical applications is that quantum dots, the most widely studied luminescent materials, despite being biologically safe after coating with a bioshell, still contain a toxic core mostly consisting of semi-conductor NPs, which are not approved by regulatory agencies. Here we point to a potential solution of this problem by using rare-earth (RE) doped hafnia NPs. Hafnia is approved for medical injections as an effective means for the treatment of radiosensitive and radioresistant tumors and can significantly decrease potential toxicity of RE ions...
February 27, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283969/the-key-role-of-biogenic-manganese-oxides-in-enhanced-removal-of-highly-recalcitrant-1-2-4-triazole-from-bio-treated-chemical-industrial-wastewater
#14
Ruiqin Wu, Haobo Wu, Xinbai Jiang, Jinyou Shen, Muhammad Faheem, Xiuyun Sun, Jiansheng Li, Weiqing Han, Lianjun Wang, Xiaodong Liu
The secondary effluent from biological treatment process in chemical industrial plant often contains refractory organic matter, which deserves to be further treated in order to meet the increasingly stringent environmental regulations. In this study, the key role of biogenic manganese oxides (BioMnOx) in enhanced removal of highly recalcitrant 1,2,4-triazole from bio-treated chemical industrial wastewater was investigated. BioMnOx production by acclimated manganese-oxidizing bacterium (MOB) consortium was confirmed through scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis...
March 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281772/response-of-cattle-with-clinical-osteochondrosis-to-mineral-supplementation
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Gerjan Van der Veen, Geoffrey T Fosgate, Frederick K Botha, Heinz H Meissner, Lubbe Jacobs, Leon Prozesky
Since 1982, farmers in the North West province and other parts of South Africa have noticed an increase in the incidence of lameness in cattle. Macro- and microscopical lesions of joints resembled osteochondrosis. Pre-trial data indicated that cattle with osteochondrotic lesions recovered almost completely when fed a supplement containing bio-available micro- and macrominerals of high quality. In the present trial, 43 clinically affected cattle of varying ages (1-5 years) and sexes were randomly divided into three groups...
February 24, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278126/impact-of-substrate-contamination-with-mycotoxins-heavy-metals-and-pesticides-on-growth-performance-and-composition-of-black-soldier-fly-larvae-hermetia-illucens-for-use-in-the-feed-and-food-value-chain
#16
Benedict Purschke, Rafaela Scheibelberger, Sonja Axmann, Andreas Adler, Henry Jäger
Edible insects have emerged as an alternative and sustainable source of high-quality, animal-derived protein and fat for livestock production or direct human nutrition. During production of insects, substrate quality is a key parameter to assure optimal insect biomass gain as well as the safety of feed and food derived from commercially reared insects. Therefore, the influence of a realistic substrate contamination scenario on growth performance and accumulation behaviour of black soldier fly larvae (BSFL, Hermetia illucens L...
February 26, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274805/expression-refolding-and-bio-structural-analysis-of-a-tetravalent-recombinant-dengue-envelope-domain-iii-protein-for-serological-diagnosis
#17
Maxime Combe, Xavier Lacoux, Jérôme Martinez, Odile Méjan, Françoise Luciani, Soizic Daniel
Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease caused by four genetically and serologically related viruses that affect several millions of people. Envelope domain III (EDIII) of the viral envelope protein contains dengue virus (DENV) type-specific and DENV complex-reactive antigenic sites. Here, we describe the expression in Escherichia coli, the refolding and bio-structural analysis of envelope domain III of the four dengue serotypes as a tetravalent dengue protein (EDIIIT2), generating an attractive diagnostic candidate...
March 6, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274781/effects-of-adding-bulking-agents-on-biostabilization-and-drying-of-municipal-solid-waste
#18
Jing Yuan, Difang Zhang, Yun Li, David Chadwick, Guoxue Li, Yu Li, Longlong Du
The influence of adding a bulking agent on the bio-stabilization and drying of municipal solid waste (MSW) was investigated. Three treatments were considered: the addition of either cornstalks or wood peat to MSW as a bulking agent before bio-drying and a control treatment that contained no bulking agent. Addition of bulking agents to MSW produced less leachate, higher moisture-removal rates, and consumed less volatile solids. Bulking with cornstalks achieved the highest water-removal rate (0.58-0.65kgkg(-1))...
March 5, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274577/serially-measured-circulating-mir-22-3p-is-a-biomarker-for-adverse-clinical-outcome-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-the-bio-shift-study
#19
Nick van Boven, K Martijn Akkerhuis, Sharda S Anroedh, Dimitris Rizopoulos, Yigal Pinto, Linda C Battes, Hans L Hillege, Kadir C Caliskan, Tjeerd Germans, Olivier C Manintveld, Jan-Hein Cornel, Alina A Constantinescu, Eric Boersma, Victor A Umans, Isabella Kardys
BACKGROUND: Several studies have suggested circulating microRNAs (miRs) are associated with heart failure, but these studies were small, and limited to single miR measurements. We examined 7 miRs which were previously linked to heart failure, and tested whether their temporal expression level predicts prognosis in a prospective cohort of chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 2011-2013, 263 CHF patients were included. At inclusion and subsequently every 3months, we measured 7miRs...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273650/bioanalysis-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-alkyl-quinolone-signalling-molecules-in-infected-mouse-tissue-using-lc-ms-ms-and-its-application-to-a-pharmacodynamic-evaluation-of-mvfr-inhibition
#20
Paul Turnpenny, Anthony Padfield, Patrick Barton, Joanne Teague, Laurence G Rahme, Michael J Pucci, Robert Zahler, Aileen Rubio
Alkyl quinolone molecules 2-heptyl-4-quinolone (HHQ) and 2-heptyl-3-hydroxy-4(1H)-quinolone (PQS) are important quorum sensing signals, which play a mediatory role in the pathogenesis of acute and chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. A targeted approach inhibiting the bacterial 'multiple virulence factor regulon' (MvfR) protein complex, offers the possibility to block the synthesis of MvfR-dependant signal molecules. Here, a high throughput bioanalytical method was developed using LC-MS/MS detection for the selective determination of HHQ and PQS in mouse tissue homogenate, over a sensitive range of 1-5000 and 10-5000pg/mL, respectively...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
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