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Hong-Hua Wu, Xu Deng, Hu Zhang, Ying-Peng Chen, Shu-Song Ying, Yi-Jing Wu, Yan-Ting Liu, Yan Zhu, Xiu-Mei Gao, Yan-Tong Xu, Li Li
Dinardokanshones C-E, three sesquiterpenoid dimers comprising an unusual nornardosinane-type sesquiterpenoid core and an aristolane-type sesquiterpenoid unit conjugated by an extra pyran or furan ring, together with monomeric sesquiterpenoids isonardoeudesmols A-D and nardoeudesmol D, were isolated from the underground parts of Nardostachys jatamansi DC. Structures of the eight compounds were elucidated by analysis of the extensive spectroscopic data, and their absolute configurations were established by analysis of NOESY and X-ray diffraction data, combined with computational electronic circular dichroism (ECD) calculations...
March 12, 2018: Phytochemistry
Emily Wonder, Lorena Simón-Gracia, Pablo Scodeller, Ramsey N Majzoub, Venkata Ramana Kotamraju, Kai K Ewert, Tambet Teesalu, Cyrus R Safinya
Cationic liposome-nucleic acid (CL-NA) complexes, which form spontaneously, are a highly modular gene delivery system. These complexes can be sterically stabilized via PEGylation [PEG: poly (ethylene glycol)] into nanoparticles (NPs) and targeted to specific tissues and cell types via the conjugation of an affinity ligand. However, there are currently no guidelines on how to effectively navigate the large space of compositional parameters that modulate the specific and nonspecific binding interactions of peptide-targeted NPs with cells...
March 2, 2018: Biomaterials
Dengwei Jue, Xuelian Sang, Liqin Liu, Bo Shu, Yicheng Wang, Jianghui Xie, Chengming Liu, Shengyou Shi
Ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes (E2s or UBC enzymes) play vital roles in plant development and combat various biotic and abiotic stresses. Longan ( Dimocarpus longan Lour.) is an important fruit tree in the subtropical region of Southeast Asia and Australia; however the characteristics of the UBC gene family in longan remain unknown. In this study, 40 D. longan UBC genes ( DlUBCs ), which were classified into 15 groups, were identified in the longan genome. An RNA-seq based analysis showed that DlUBCs showed distinct expression in nine longan tissues...
March 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Eva Vargas, Eloy Povedano, Víctor Ruiz-Valdepeñas Montiel, Rebeca M Torrente-Rodríguez, Mohamed Zouari, Juan José Montoya, Noureddine Raouafi, Susana Campuzano, José M Pingarrón
This work reports an amperometric biosensor for the determination of miRNA-21, a relevant oncogene. The methodology involves a competitive DNA-target miRNA hybridization assay performed on the surface of magnetic microbeads (MBs) and amperometric transduction at screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs). The target miRNA competes with a synthetic fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-modified miRNA with an identical sequence for hybridization with a biotinylated and complementary DNA probe (b-Cp) immobilized on the surface of streptavidin-modified MBs (b-Cp-MBs)...
March 15, 2018: Sensors
Christine Juergens, James Trammel, Yasuko Shoji, Scott Patterson, Wendy Watson, Chris Webber, William C Gruber, Daniel A Scott, Beate Schmoele-Thoma
Injection site reactions (ISRs; redness, swelling and pain) commonly occur within 1-2 days after vaccination. After administration of toxoid vaccines including diphtheria toxoid, a later onset of ISRs has also been observed. As the serotype capsular polysaccharides in the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) are conjugated to cross-reactive material 197 (CRM197 ), a nontoxic variant of diphtheria toxin, the onset of ISRs over 14 days was explored in 8 adult studies with 19 cohorts. Subjects received PCV13 with aluminum phosphate (AlPO4 , n = 5667) or without AlPO4 (n = 304); 109 subjects received 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)...
March 15, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
A W Dretler, N G Rouphael, D S Stephens
The control of meningitis, meningococcemia and other infections caused by Neisseria meningitidis is a significant global health challenge. Substantial progress has occurred in the last twenty years in meningococcal vaccine development and global implementation. Meningococcal protein-polysaccharide conjugate vaccines to serogroups A, C, W, and Y (modeled after the Haemophilus influenzae b conjugate vaccines) provide better duration of protection and immunologic memory, and overcome weak immune responses in infants and young children and hypo-responsive to repeated vaccine doses seen with polysaccharide vaccines...
March 15, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Petr Chytil, Milada Sirova, Júlia Kudláčová, Blanka Rihova, Karel Ulbrich, Tomáš Etrych
Herein, the biodegradable micelle-forming amphiphilic N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide (HPMA)-based polymer conjugates with the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (Dox) designed for enhanced tumor accumulation were investigated, and the influence of their stability in the blood stream on biodistribution, namely, tumor uptake, and in vivo antitumor efficacy were evaluated in detail. Dox was attached to the polymer carrier by a hydrazone bond enabling pH-controlled drug release. While the polymer-drug conjugates were stable in a buffer at pH 7...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Jinxu Gao, Adelphe Mfuh, Yuka Amako, Christina M Woo
Many therapeutics elicit cell-type specific polypharmacology that is executed by a network of molecular recognition events between a small molecule and the whole proteome. However, measurement of the structures that underpin the molecular associations between the proteome and even common therapeutics, such as the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), is limited by the inability to map the small molecule interactome. To address this gap, we developed a platform termed small molecule interactome mapping by photoaffinity labeling (SIM-PAL) and applied it to the in cellulo direct characterization of specific NSAID binding sites...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Kuikun Yang, Yijing Liu, Yi Liu, Qian Zhang, Chuncai Kong, Chenglin Yi, Zijian Zhou, Zhantong Wang, Guofeng Zhang, Yang Zhang, Niveen M Khashab, Xiaoyuan Chen, Zhihong Nie
This article describes the fabrication of nanosized magneto-vesicles (MVs) comprising tunable layers of densely-packed superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) in membranes via cooperative assembly of polymer-tethered SPIONs and free poly(styrene)-b-poly(acrylic acid) (PS-b-PAA). The membrane thickness of MVs could be well controlled from 9.8 to 93.2 nm by varying the weight ratio of PS-b-PAA to SPIONs. The increase in membrane thickness was accompanied with the transition from monolayer MVs, to double-layered MVs and to multilayered MVs (MuMVs)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Tomoko Kubori, Tomoe Kitao, Hiroki Ando, Hiroki Nagai
The intracellular bacterial pathogen Legionella pneumophila establishes the replicative niche as a result of the actions of a large array of effector proteins delivered via the Legionella type IV secretion system (T4SS). Many effector proteins are expected to be involved in biogenesis and regulation of the Legionella-containing vacuole (LCV) that is highly decorated with ubiquitin. Here, we identified a Legionella deubiquitinase (DUB), designated LotA, by carrying out a genome analysis to find proteins resembling the eukaryotic ovarian tumor (OTU) superfamily of cysteine proteases...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
Artur Lik, Sangeth Jenthra, Lars Fritze, Lars Müller, Khai-Nghi Truong, Holger Helten
The application of our newly developed B-C coupling method by catalytic Si/B exchange is demonstrated for the synthesis of a series of triarylboranes (1), monodisperse thienyl- and furylborane dimers (2) and trimers (9), extended oligomers (3) and polymers (3'), as well as mixed (oligo)thienyl-/furylboranes. The structures of 1aaTip, 1bbTip, and 2bbbMes*, determined by X-ray crystallography, reveal largely coplanar hetarene rings and BR3 environments, being most pronounced in the furylborane species. Photophysical investigations, supported by TD-DFT calculations, revealed pronounced pi-electron delocalization over the hetarene backbones including the boron centers...
March 15, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Deniz Turan, Monika Gibis, Gurbuz Gunes, Stefan K Baier, Jochen Weiss
The conjugation reaction of electrospun fibers of a mixture of whey protein isolate (WPI) and dextran using different molecular weights (40, 70, and 100 kDa) and mixing ratios was studied. This study includes the electrospinnability of a mixture of WPI and dextran, and the conjugation reaction between them via the initial stage of the Maillard reaction. The WPI-dextran fibers were characterized using optical and transmission electron microscopy. The covalent attachment of dextran to WPI was confirmed using sodium-dodecyl-sulfate-polyacrylamide gel-electrophoresis with protein and glycoprotein staining...
March 15, 2018: Food & Function
Florian Glaus, Darija Dedic, Priyanka Tare, Valakunja Nagaraja, Liliana Rodrigues, Jose A Ainsa, Jens Kunze, Gisbert Schneider, Ruben C Hartkoorn, Stewart T Cole, Karl-Heinz Altmann
Described is the total synthesis of the myxobacterial natural product ripostatin B and of a small number of analogs. Ripostatin B is a polyketide-derived 14-membered macrolide that acts as an inhibitor of bacterial RNA-polymerase, but is mechanistically distinct from rifamycin-derived RNA-polymerase inhibitors that are in use for tuberculosis treatment. The macrolactone ring of ripostatin B features two stereocenters and a synthetically challenging doubly skipped triene motif, with one of the double bonds being in conjugation with the ester carbonyl...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Hiroki Yokoi, Satoru Hiroto, Hiroshi Shinokubo
The reversible formation of σ-bonds between organic radicals has been widely investigated. However, reports on the formation of σ-dimers from delocalized π-radical cations are scarce. Herein, we report the reversible σ-dimerization behavior of a bowl-shaped π-radical cation generated from a nitrogen-embedded buckybowl, both in the crystalline state and in solution. The detailed structure of the σ-dimer in the crystalline state was determined by a single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The monomeric radical cation exists predominantly in solution at room temperature, while dimerization of the radical cations occurs through carbon-carbon σ-bond formation upon reducing the temperature...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Antonella Accardo, Carlo Diaferia, Nicole Balasco, Teresa Sibillano, Cinzia Giannini, Luigi Vitagliano, Giancarlo Morelli
Over the years, a large number of multidisciplinary investigations has unveiled that the self-assembly of short peptides and even of individual amino acids can generate a variety of different biomaterials. In this framework, we have recently reported that polyethylene glycol (PEG) conjugates of short homopeptides, containing aromatic amino acids such as phenylalanine (Phe, F) and naphthylalanine (Nal), are able to form elongated fibrillary aggregates having interesting chemical and physical properties. We here extend these analyses characterizing the self-assembling propensity of PEG6-W4, a PEG adduct of the tetra-tryptophan (W4) sequence...
March 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Han Zuilhof, Digvijay Gahtory, Rickdeb Sen, Andriy R Kuzmyn, Jorge Escorihuela
Novel click reactions are of continued interest in fields as diverse as bio-conjugation, polymer science and surface chemistry. Qualification as a proper 'click' reaction requires stringent criteria, including fast kinetics and high conversion, to be met. Herein, we report a novel strain-promoted cycloaddition between cyclopropenes and o-quinones in solution and on a surface. We demonstrate the 'click character' of the reaction in solution and on surfaces for both monolayer and polymer brush functionalization...
March 15, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Dao-Ming Zhu, Lei Wu, Meng Suo, Song Gao, Wei Xie, Ming-Hui Zan, Ao Liu, Bei Chen, Wen-Tao Wu, Li-Wei Ji, Li-Ben Chen, Hui-Ming Huang, Shi-Shang Guo, Wen-Feng Zhang, Xing-Zhong Zhao, Zhi-Jun Sun, Wei Liu
Filtration of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in peripheral blood is of proven importance for early cancer diagnosis, treatment monitoring, metastasis diagnosis, and prognostic evaluation. However, currently available strategies for enriching CTCs, such as magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS), face serious problems with purity due to nonspecific interactions between beads and leukocytes in the process of capturing. In the present study, the tumor-targeting molecule folic acid (FA) and magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were coated on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs) by hydrophobic interaction and chemical conjugation, respectively...
March 15, 2018: Nanoscale
Frank Jülicher, Stephan W Grill, Guillaume Salbreux
We review the general hydrodynamic theory of active soft materials that is motivated in partic- ular by biological matter. We present basic concepts of irreversible thermodynamics of spatially extended multicomponent active systems. Starting from the rate of entropy production, we iden- tify conjugate thermodynamic fluxes and forces and present generic constitutive equations of polar active fluids and active gels. We also discuss angular momentum conservation which plays a role in the the physics of active chiral gels...
March 15, 2018: Reports on Progress in Physics
Jitendrakumar Patel, Jitendra Amrutiya, Priyanka Bhatt, Ankit Javia, Mukul Jain, Ambikanandan Misra
Aim of this study was to develop anti EGFR antibody conjugated poly (lactide-co-glycolide) nanoparticles (NPs) to target epidermal growth factor receptor, highly expressed on non-small cell lung cancer cells to improve cytotoxicity and site specificity. Cetuximab was conjugated to Docetaxel loaded PLGA NPs by known EDC/NHS chemistry and characterized for size, zeta potential, conjugation efficiency and results were 128.4 ±3.6 nm, -31.0 ± 0.8 mV and 39.77 ± 3.4% respectively. In-vitro release study demonstrated sustained release of drug from NPs with 25% release at pH 5...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Microencapsulation
Ming-Xing Zhang, Shan-Shan Hong, Qing-Qing Cai, Meng Zhang, Jun Chen, Xiao-Yan Zhang, Cong-Jian Xu
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among gynecological malignancies. The high mortality rate has not been significantly reduced despite advances in surgery and chemotherapy. Gene therapy shows therapeutic potential, but several key issues must be resolved before clinical application. To minimize toxicity in noncancerous tissues, tumor-specific ligands are conjugated to vectors to increase the selectivity of drug delivery. The expression pattern of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) receptor in normal and cancer tissues provides an opportunity for highly selective drug delivery in ovarian cancer...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
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