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Alexis L Santana, Darby G Oldenburg, Varvara Kirillov, Laraib Malik, Qiwen Dong, Roman Sinayev, Kenneth B Marcu, Douglas W White, Laurie T Krug
RTA, the viral Replication and Transcription Activator, is essential for rhadinovirus lytic gene expression upon de novo infection and reactivation from latency. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/toll-like receptor (TLR)4 engagement enhances rhadinovirus reactivation. We developed two new systems to examine the interaction of RTA with host NF-kappaB (NF-κB) signaling during murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV68) infection: a latent B cell line (HE-RIT) inducible for RTA-Flag expression and virus reactivation; and a recombinant virus (MHV68-RTA-Bio) that enabled in vivo biotinylation of RTA in BirA transgenic mice...
February 16, 2017: Pathogens
Wouter W Kallemeijn, Saskia Scheij, Sascha Hoogendoorn, Martin D Witte, Daniela Herrera Moro Chao, Cindy P A A van Roomen, Roelof Ottenhoff, Herman S Overkleeft, Rolf G Boot, Johannes M F G Aerts
Deficiency of glucocerebrosidase (GBA) causes Gaucher disease (GD). In the common non-neuronopathic GD type I variant, glucosylceramide accumulates primarily in the lysosomes of visceral macrophages. Supplementing storage cells with lacking enzyme is accomplished via chronic intravenous administration of recombinant GBA containing mannose-terminated N-linked glycans, mediating the selective uptake by macrophages expressing mannose-binding lectin(s). Two recombinant GBA preparations with distinct N-linked glycans are registered in Europe for treatment of type I GD: imiglucerase (Genzyme), contains predominantly Man(3) glycans, and velaglucerase (Shire PLC) Man(9) glycans...
2017: PloS One
Zhaoyang Yuan, Yangbing Wen, Nuwan Sella Kapu, Rodger Beatson, D Mark Martinez
BACKGROUND: Bamboo is a highly abundant source of biomass which is underutilized despite having a chemical composition and fiber structure similar as wood. The main challenge for the industrial processing of bamboo is the high level of silica, which forms water-insoluble precipitates negetively affecting the process systems. A cost-competitive and eco-friendly scheme for the production of high-purity dissolving grade pulp from bamboo not only requires a process for silica removal, but also needs to fully utilize all of the materials dissolved in the process which includes lignin, and cellulosic and hemicellulosic sugars as well as the silica...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
C Fan, C Y Yuan, J C Zhang, X Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of thermal conductivity on the apical sealing ability of different dental gutta-percha cones during the warm vertical condensation obturation. METHODS: Four kinds of dental gutta-percha cones were used in this study: Bio-GP points (BP, B&L, Korea), large-tapered gutta-percha (DP, DENTSPLY, America), PROTAPER Universal gutta-percha points (DPP, DENTSPLY, America) and mtwo gutta-percha points (VP, VDW, Germany). Volume differences method was used to determine the main components and the thermal conductivity determinator was used to measure the thermal conductivity of these dental gutta-percha cones...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Jordi Palau, Rong Yu, Siti Hatijah Mortan, Orfan Shouakar-Stash, Mònica Rosell, David L Freedman, Chiara Sbarbati, Stephanie Fiorenza, Ramon Aravena, Ernest Marco-Urrea, Martin Elsner, Albert Soler, Daniel Hunkeler
This study investigates for the first time dual C-Cl isotope fractionation during anaerobic biodegradation of 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) via dihaloelimination by Dehalococcoides and Dehalogenimonas-containing enrichment cultures. Isotopic fractionation of 1,2-DCA (ε_bulk^C and ε_bulk^Cl) for Dehalococcoides (-33.0±0.4‰ and -5.1±0.1‰) and Dehalogenimonas-containing microcosms (-23±2‰ and -12.0±0.8‰) resulted in distinctly different dual element C-Cl isotope correlations (Λ = Δδ13C/Δδ37Cl ≈ ε_bulk^C / ε_bulk^Cl), 6...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Elisa Mitri, Lia Millucci, Lucia Merolle, Giulia Bernardini, Lisa Vaccari, Alessandra Gianoncelli, Annalisa Santucci
BACKGROUND: Alkaptonuria (AKU) is an ultra-rare disease associated to the lack of an enzyme involved in tyrosine catabolism. This deficiency results in the accumulation of homogentisic acid (HGA) in the form of ochronotic pigment in joint cartilage, leading to a severe arthropathy. Secondary amyloidosis has been also unequivocally assessed as a comorbidity of AKU arthropathy. Composition of ochronotic pigment and how it is structurally related to amyloid is still unknown. METHODS: We exploited Synchrotron Radiation Infrared and X-Ray Fluorescence microscopies in combination with conventional bio-assays and analytical tools to characterize chemical composition and morphology of AKU cartilage...
February 9, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Barbara Kusznierewicz, Anna Lewandowska, Dorota Martysiak-Żurowska, Agnieszka Bartoszek
BACKGROUND: The phytochemicals of two apple cultivars (Yellow Transparent and Early Geneva) protected in two ways: conventionally with chemical pesticides or by effective organisms (EM), were compared. Two types of components were determined: lipids synthesized constitutively and generated via inducible pathways polyphenols along with antioxidant activity and profiles. RESULTS: The antioxidant activities assessed with ABTS, DPPH and Folin-Ciocalteu reagents were about twice higher in the case of microbiologically protected apples...
February 11, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Felix A Plamper, Walter Richtering
Microgels are macromolecular networks swollen by the solvent in which they are dissolved. They are unique systems that are distinctly different from common colloids, such as, e.g., rigid nanoparticles, flexible macromolecules, micelles, or vesicles. The size of the microgel networks is in the range of several micrometers down to nanometers (then sometimes called "nanogels"). In a collapsed state, they might resemble hard colloids but they can still contain significant amounts of solvent. When swollen, they are soft and have a fuzzy surface with dangling chains...
February 10, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
Laura Weber, Emelia DeForce, Amy Apprill
BACKGROUND: DNA-based sequencing approaches are commonly used to identify microorganisms and their genes and document trends in microbial community diversity in environmental samples. However, extraction of microbial DNA from complex environmental samples like corals can be technically challenging, and extraction methods may impart biases on microbial community structure. METHODS: We designed a two-phase study in order to propose a comprehensive and efficient method for DNA extraction from microbial cells present in corals and investigate if extraction method influences microbial community composition...
February 8, 2017: Microbiome
Patrick McIntosh, Cristian P Schulthess, Yulia A Kuzovkina, Karl Guillard
Remediation of contaminated soils is often studied using fine textured soils rather than low-fertility sandy soils, and few studies focus on recontamination events. This study compared aerobic and anaerobic treatments for remediation of freshly introduced used motor oil on a sandy soil previously phytoremediated and bioacclimated (microorganisms already adapted in the soil environment) with some residual total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) contamination. Vegetated and unvegetated conditions to remediate anthropogenic fill containing residual TPH that was spiked with non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) were evaluated in a 90-day greenhouse pot study...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Chia-Ching Chou, Francisco J Martin-Martinez, Zhao Qin, Patrick B Dennis, Maneesh K Gupta, Rajesh R Naik, Markus J Buehler
The Nvjp-1 protein is a key component in the jaws of Nereis virens, a species of marine worm. It contains over 25 mol % of histidine, which is believed to play a key role in the metal-coordinated cross-linking responsible for the structural stability and exceptional mechanical performance of the worm jaw. Understanding the nanoscale mechanism behind this cross-linking and its pathway in affecting the macroscopic mechanical behavior of the material is crucial to develop bioinspired mechanomutable materials based on Nvjp-1...
February 15, 2017: ACS Nano
Attila Szöllősi, Ágoston Hoschke, Judit M Rezessy-Szabó, Erika Bujna, Szilárd Kun, Quang D Nguyen
A new bio-anode containing gel-entrapped bacteria in alginate/polyaniline/TiO2/graphite composites was constructed and electrically investigated. Alginate as dopant and template as well as entrapped gel was used for immobilization of microorganism cells. Increase of polyaniline concentration resulted an increase in the conductivity in gels. Addition of 0.01 and 0.02 g/mL polyaniline caused 6-fold and 10-fold higher conductivity, respectively. Furthermore, addition of 0.05 g/mL graphite powder caused 10-fold higher conductivity and 4-fold higher power density, respectively...
January 23, 2017: Chemosphere
Joong Tark Han, Byung Kuk Kim, Jong Seok Woo, Jeong In Jang, Joon Young Cho, Hee Jin Jeong, Seung Yol Jeong, Seon Hee Seo, Geon-Woong Lee
Directly printed superhydrophobic surfaces containing conducting nanomaterials can be used for a wide range of applications in terms of nonwetting, anisotropic wetting, and electrical conductivity. Here, we demonstrated that direct-printable and flexible superhydrophobic surfaces were fabricated on flexible substrates via with an ultrafacile and scalable screen printing with carbon nanotube (CNT)-based conducting pastes. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-polyethylene glycol (PEG) copolymer was used as an additive for conducting pastes to realize the printability of the conducting paste as well as the hydrophobicity of the printed surface...
February 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yan He, Chris Ho, Donglai Yang, Jeane Chen, Edward Orton
Salt formation is one of the primary approaches to improve the developability of ionizable poorly water soluble compounds. Solubility determination of the salt candidates in aqueous media or bio-relevant fluids is a critical step in salt screening. Salt solubility measurements can be complicated due to dynamic changes in both solution and solid phases. Because of the early implementation of salt screening in research, solubility measurements often are performed using minimal amount of material. Some salts have transient high solubility upon dissolution...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Frank David, Christophe Devos, Emmie Dumont, Zhen Yang, Pat Sandra, José Fernando Huertas-Pérez
Two low-pressure columns (Bio-Beads SX-3) and three high-pressure GPC columns were compared for clean-up of a wide range of pesticides in fatty matrices of vegetable or animal origin. The GPC fractions were analyzed by GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS without additional clean-up. The performance of the GPC clean-up on the five column types was compared in terms of solvent consumption, lipid removal, pesticide recovery and repeatability. It was found that for fatty matrices, mainly consisting of high molecular weight triglycerides i...
April 1, 2017: Talanta
Christopher M Madl, Sarah C Heilshorn
Engineered protein hydrogels have shown promise as artificial extracellular matrix materials for the 3D culture of stem cells due to the ability to decouple hydrogel biochemistry and mechanics. The modular design of these proteins allows for incorporation of various bioactive sequences to regulate cellular behavior. However, the chemistry used to cross-link the proteins into hydrogels can limit what bioactive sequences can be incorporated, in order to prevent nonspecific cross-linking within the bioactive region...
February 2, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Wanxi Peng, Dongli Li, Minglong Zhang, Shengbo Ge, Bo Mo, Shasha Li, Makoto Ohkoshi
As one of the dominant plantations in north and central China, poplar was considered as the uppermost wood raw materials, however, the chemical constituents of poplar wood weren't effectively used by high added value. Therefore, the molecules of wood extractives in Populus lasiocarpa and Populus tomentosa were extracted and studied to further utilize the bio-resources. The results showed that the LD-010, LD-021, LD-150, LD-174 wood extractives were identified as having 3, 24, 3 27 components, respectively. P...
February 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Sudipta Bera, Jayeeta Kolay, Siddhartha Banerjee, Rupa Mukhopadhyay
Silicon is a solid-state semi-conducting material, which has long been recognized as a technologically useful one, especially in electronics industry. However, its application in the next-generation metalloprotein-based electronics approaches has been limited. In this work, applicability of silicon as a solid support for anchoring the iron-storage protein ferritin, which has a semiconducting iron nanocore, and probing electron transport via the ferritin molecules trapped between silicon substrate and a conductive scanning probe, has been investigated...
February 1, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
J Sipos, J Hodecek, T Kuras, A Dolny
Although ecological succession is one of the principal focuses of recent restoration ecology research, it is still unclear which factors drive this process and positively influence species richness and functional diversity. In this study we sought to elucidate how species traits and functional diversity change during forest succession, and to identify important factors that determine the species in the observed assemblages. We analyzed species richness and functional diversity of ground beetle assemblages in relation to succession on post-industrial localities after habitat deterioration caused by spoil deposition...
January 31, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
Alessandro Palmioli, Alessandro Aliprandi, Dedy Septiadi, Matteo Mauro, Anna Bernardi, Luisa De Cola, Monica Panigati
The design, synthesis and photophysical characterization of four new luminescent glycosylated luminophores based on dinuclear rhenium complexes, namely Glyco-Re, are described. The derivatives have the general formula [Re2(μ-Cl)2(CO)6(μ-pydz-R)] (R-pydz = functionalized 1,2-pyridazine), where a sugar residue (R) is covalently bound to the pyridazine ligand in the β position. Different synthetic pathways have been investigated including the so-called neo-glycorandomization procedure, affording stereoselectively glyco-conjugates containing glucose and maltose in a β anomeric configuration...
January 30, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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