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Jian Ma, Yuan Yuan, Dongxing Yuan
The automated in-field determination of trace phosphate (and other nutrients) is highly valuable for studying nutrient dynamics and cycling in oligotrophic oceans. Here, we report an automated portable analyzer for week-long underway analysis of nanomolar dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) in seawater. The method is based on classic phosphomolybdenum blue (PMB) chemistry combined with on-line solid phase extraction (SPE) and flow analysis. Under optimized conditions, the formed PMB from sample is automatically concentrated on a hydrophilic lipophilic balanced (HLB) copolymer SPE...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
Giovanna Iezzi, Adriano Piatelli, Alessandra Giuliani, Carlo Mangano, Antonio Barone, Licia Manzon, Marco Degidi, Antonio Scarano, Antonella Filippone, Vittoria Perrotti
Various grafts or combination of bone substitute materials have been used in sinus lift procedures. Currently, ongoing developments in several disciplines, from molecular biology and chemistry to computer science and engineering, have contributed to the understanding of biological processes leading to bone healing after the use of bone substitute materials (BSBs) and therefore of the behavior of BSBs. The understanding of the properties of each graft enables individual treatment concepts and therefore allows shift from a simple replacement material to the modern concept of an individually created composite biomaterial...
December 1, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Ahmed Taki Eddine Ardjani, Sidi Mohamed Mekelleche
In the present work, the molecular structure and the antioxidant activity of 4-(5-chloro-2-hydroxyphenylamino)-4-oxobut-2-enoic acid (A) and its derivatives (B-E) have been studied at the B3LYP/6-31++G(2d,2p) computational level. The obtained results indicate that the hydrogen atom transfer (HAT mechanism) is thermodynamically more favored in gas phase; whereas, the sequential proton loss-electron transfer (SPLET mechanism) is more preferred in polar solvents. The antioxidant activity of compounds A-E is also analyzed by the calculation of atomic spin densities, chemical hardnesses, dipole moments, and lipophilicity indexes...
December 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Edna Suárez-Díaz
In the 1960s, advances in protein chemistry and molecular genetics provided new means for the study of biological evolution. Amino acid sequencing, nucleic acid hybridization, zone gel electrophoresis, and immunochemistry were some of the experimental techniques that brought about new perspectives to the study of the patterns and mechanisms of evolution. New concepts, such as the molecular evolutionary clock, and the discovery of unexpected molecular phenomena, like the presence of repetitive sequences in eukaryotic genomes, eventually led to the realization that evolution might occur at a different pace at the organismic and the molecular levels, and according to different mechanisms...
December 2016: Journal of Molecular Evolution
Meijun Lu, Qing-Bin Lu, John F Honek
Squaric acid and its derivatives are versatile synthons and have demonstrated applications in medicinal chemistry, notably as non-classical bioisosteric replacements for functional groups such as carboxylic acids, alpha-amino acids, urea, guanidine, peptide bonds and phosphate/pyrophosphate linkages. Surprisingly, no reports have appeared concerning its possible application as a nucleobase substitute in nucleosides. A preliminary investigation of such an application is reported herein. 3-Amino-4-((1R,4S)-4-(hydroxymethyl)cyclopent-2-en-1-yl)amino-cyclobut-3-ene-1,2-dione, 3-((1R,4S)-4-(hydroxymethyl)cyclopent-2-en-1-yl)amino-4-methoxycyclobut-3-ene-1,2-dione, and 3-hydroxy-4-((1R,4S)-4-(hydroxymethyl)cyclopent-2-en-1-yl)amino-cyclobut-3-ene-1,2-dione sodium salt were synthesized...
November 23, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Yi-Chen Li, Yu Shrike Zhang, Ali Akpek, Su Ryon Shin, Ali Khademhosseini
Four-dimensional (4D) bioprinting, encompassing a wide range of disciplines including bioengineering, materials science, chemistry, and computer sciences, is emerging as the next-generation biofabrication technology. By utilizing stimuli-responsive materials and advanced three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategies, 4D bioprinting aims to create dynamic 3D patterned biological structures that can transform their shapes or behavior under various stimuli. In this review, we highlight the potential use of various stimuli-responsive materials for 4D printing and their extension into biofabrication...
December 2, 2016: Biofabrication
Marco Pagliai, Giordano Mancini, Ivan Carnimeo, Nicola De Mitri, Vincenzo Barone
The electronic absorption spectra of pyridine and nicotine in aqueous solution have been computed using a multistep approach. The computational protocol consists in studying the solute solvation with accurate molecular dynamics simulations, characterizing the hydrogen bond interactions, and calculating electronic transitions for a series of configurations extracted from the molecular dynamics trajectories with a polarizable QM/MM scheme based on the fluctuating charge model. Molecular dynamics simulations and electronic transition calculations have been performed on both pyridine and nicotine...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Computational Chemistry
Deacon J Nemchick, Michael K Cohen, Patrick H Vaccaro
The near-ultraviolet π(*)←π absorption system of weakly bound complexes formed between tropolone (TrOH) and formic acid (FA) under cryogenic free-jet expansion conditions has been interrogated by exploiting a variety of fluorescence-based laser-spectroscopic probes, with synergistic quantum-chemical calculations built upon diverse model chemistries being enlisted to unravel the structural and dynamical properties of the pertinent ground [X̃(1)A(')] and excited [Ã(1)A(')π(*)π] electronic states. For binary TrOH ⋅ FA adducts, the presence of dual hydrogen-bond linkages gives rise to three low-lying isomers designated (in relative energy order) as INT, EXT1, and EXT2 depending on whether docking of the FA ligand to the TrOH substrate takes place internal or external to the five-membered reaction cleft of tropolone...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Wei-Tao Wu, Fang Yang, Jingchun Wu, Nadine Aubry, Mehrdad Massoudi, James F Antaki
Continuous flow ventricular assist devices (cfVADs) provide a life-saving therapy for severe heart failure. However, in recent years, the incidence of device-related thrombosis (resulting in stroke, device-exchange surgery or premature death) has been increasing dramatically, which has alarmed both the medical community and the FDA. The objective of this study was to gain improved understanding of the initiation and progression of thrombosis in one of the most commonly used cfVADs, the Thoratec HeartMate II...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jürgen Bajorath
The assessment of small molecule similarity is a central task in chemoinformatics and medicinal chemistry. A variety of molecular representations and metrics are applied to computationally evaluate and quantify molecular similarity. A critically important aspect of molecular similarity analysis in chemoinformatics and pharmaceutical research is that one is typically not interested in quantifying the degree of structural or chemical similarity between compounds per se, but rather in extrapolating from molecular similarity to property similarity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Benjamin J Bythell, Maha T Abutokaikah, Ashley R Wagoner, Shanshan Guan, Jordan M Rabus
We investigate the fragmentation chemistry of cationized carbohydrates using a combination of tandem mass spectrometry, regioselective labeling, and computational methods. Our model system is D-lactose. Barriers to the fundamental glyosidic bond cleavage reactions, neutral loss pathways, and structurally informative cross-ring cleavages are investigated. The most energetically favorable conformations of cationized D-lactose were found to be similar. In agreement with the literature, larger group I cations result in structures with increased cation coordination number which require greater collision energy to dissociate...
November 28, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Buu Q Pham, Mark S Gordon
The thermodynamic and kinetic controls of graphene chemistry are studied computationally using a graphene hydrogenation reaction and polyaromatic hydrocarbons to represent the graphene surface. Hydrogen atoms are concertedly chemisorped onto the surface of graphene models of different shapes (i.e., all-zigzag, all-armchair, zigzag-armchair mixed edges) and sizes (i.e., from 16-42 carbon atoms). The second-order Z-averaged perturbation theory (ZAPT2) method combined with Pople double and triple zeta basis sets are used for all calculations...
November 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Bradley M Dickson
Adaptive biasing potentials are becoming a standard tool of the trade for problems in chemistry, material science, biology, and drug discovery. These methods are easy to use, easy to distribute, reliable, and make otherwise impossible simulations possible. In this review we survey a number of adaptive bias potentials, and take a critical look at how they work. The biases fall into two basic classes, each having distinct attributes and levels of complexity. The vantage point from which the biases are discussed has only emerged in the last couple of years, and allows for a unified treatment of all the biases...
November 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Frank K Brown, Edward C Sherer, Scott A Johnson, M Katharine Holloway, Bradley S Sherborne
On October 5, 1981, Fortune magazine published a cover article entitled the "Next Industrial Revolution: Designing Drugs by Computer at Merck". With a 40+ year investment, we have been in the drug design business longer than most. During its history, the Merck drug design group has had several names, but it has always been in the "design" business, with the ultimate goal to provide an actionable hypothesis that could be tested experimentally. Often the result was a small molecule but it could just as easily be a peptide, biologic, predictive model, reaction, process, etc...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
Leandro A Estrada, Antonio Francés-Monerris, Igor Schapiro, Massimo Olivucci, Daniel Roca-Sanjuán
Herein, we report complementary computational and experimental evidence supporting the existence, for indan-1-ylidene malononitrile and fluoren-9-ylidene malononitrile, of a non-radiative decay channel involving double bond isomerisation motion. The results of UV-Vis transient absorption spectroscopy highlight that the decay takes place within hundreds of picoseconds. In order to understand the related molecular mechanism, photochemical reaction paths were computed by employing multiconfigurational quantum chemistry...
November 23, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Tomislav Gregorić, Mirela Sedić, Petra Grbčić, Andrea Tomljenović Paravić, Sandra Kraljević Pavelić, Mario Cetina, Robert Vianello, Silvana Raić-Malić
Regioselective 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazole tethered pyrimidine-2,4-dione derivatives (5-23) were successfully prepared by the copper(I)-catalyzed click chemistry. While known palladium/copper-cocatalyzed method based on Sonogashira cross-coupling followed by the intramolecular 5-endo-dig ring closure generated novel 6-alkylfuro[2,3-d]pyrimidine-2-one-1,2,3-triazole hybrids (24b-37b), a small library of their 5-alkylethynyl analogs (24a-37a) was synthesized and described for the first time by tandem terminal alkyne dimerization and subsequent 5-endo-trig cyclization, which was additionally corroborated with computational and X-ray crystal structure analyses...
November 14, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Joel E Schmidt, Donglong Fu, Michael W Deem, Bert M Weckhuysen
Zeolites, having widespread applications in chemical industries, are often synthesized using organic templates. These can be cost-prohibitive, motivating investigations into their role in promoting crystallization. Herein, the relationship between framework structure, chemical composition, synthesis conditions and the conformation of the occluded, economical template tetraethylammonium (TEA(+) ) has been systematically examined by experimental and computational means. The results show two distinct regimes of occluded conformer tendencies: 1) In frameworks with a large stabilization energy difference, only a single conformer was found (BEA, LTA and MFI)...
November 22, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Francisca Guzmán-Lastra, Andreas Kaiser, Hartmut Löwen
Fission and fusion processes of particle clusters occur in many areas of physics and chemistry from subnuclear to astronomic length scales. Here we study fission and fusion of magnetic microswimmer clusters as governed by their hydrodynamic and dipolar interactions. Rich scenarios are found that depend crucially on whether the swimmer is a pusher or a puller. In particular a linear magnetic chain of pullers is stable while a pusher chain shows a cascade of fission (or disassembly) processes as the self-propulsion velocity is increased...
November 22, 2016: Nature Communications
Mathias Foo, Rucha Sawlekar, Declan G Bates
BACKGROUND: Cycles of covalent modification are ubiquitous motifs in cellular signalling. Although such signalling cycles are implemented via a highly concise set of chemical reactions, they have been shown to be capable of producing multiple distinct input-output mapping behaviours - ultrasensitive, hyperbolic, signal-transducing and threshold-hyperbolic. RESULTS: In this paper, we show how the set of chemical reactions underlying covalent modification cycles can be exploited for the design of synthetic analog biomolecular circuitry...
2016: Journal of Biological Engineering
Neville P Bethel, Michael Grabe
The transmembrane protein 16 (TMEM16) family of membrane proteins includes both lipid scramblases and ion channels involved in olfaction, nociception, and blood coagulation. The crystal structure of the fungal Nectria haematococca TMEM16 (nhTMEM16) scramblase suggested a putative mechanism of lipid transport, whereby polar and charged lipid headgroups move through the low-dielectric environment of the membrane by traversing a hydrophilic groove on the membrane-spanning surface of the protein. Here, we use computational methods to explore the membrane-protein interactions involved in lipid scrambling...
November 21, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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