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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821136/discovery-of-enzymatically-depolymerized-heparins-capable-of-treating-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-injury-and-fibrosis-in-mice
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Yishu Yan, Shanshan Du, Yang Ji, Nan Su, Yi Wang, Xiang Mei, Wenming Zhu, Dong He, Yuan Lu, Chong Zhang, Xin-Hui Xing
Heparin has recently been shown to slow down idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) process and improve survival of patients in some cases. To improve the anti-IPF function while minimizing their side effects, we developed heparin libraries with different structures depolymerized by single or combined heparinases, and systematically screened the efficacy of the different heparins for treatment of Bleomycin-induced pulmonary injury and fibrosis using mice model. Then we characterized the structural properties of the components capable of treating pulmonary injury and fibrosis by use of chip-based amide hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC)-fourier transform (FT)-ESI-MS, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821092/the-effect-of-temperature-on-the-colligative-properties-of-food-grade-konjac-gum-in-water-solutions
#2
Joanna Kruk, Kacper Kaczmarczyk, Anna Ptaszek, Urszula Goik, Paweł Ptaszek
This research paper presents the results of tests on the colligative properties of konjac gum chains in water solutions. For this purpose, the measurements of osmotic pressure and intrinsic viscosity of aqueous solutions, in the function of konjac gum concentration and temperature were carried out. The applied methods allowed for the determination of the second osmotic virial coefficients B2, which raised with the increase of temperature. It indicate that increase of temperature causes higher affinity of polysaccharide's chains to water...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821072/understanding-the-mechanisms-of-oxygen-diffusion-through-surface-functionalized-nanocellulose-films
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Maria Soledad Peresin, Kari Kammiovirta, Harri Heikkinen, Leena-Sisko Johansson, Jari Vartiainen, Harri Setälä, Monika Österberg, Tekla Tammelin
A concept for direct surface modification on self-standing films of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) is demonstrated using an aminosilane group in cellulose compatible solvent (dimethyl acetamide, DMA). The chemically modified structure efficiently prevents the oxygen molecules from interacting with the nanocellulose film in the presence of water molecules. Oxygen permeability values lower than 1mLmmm(-2)day(-1)atm(-1) were achieved at extremely high levels of relative humidity (RH95%). The aminosilane reaction is compared to conventional hydrophobization reaction using hexamethyldisilazane...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821042/chemical-and-biological-properties-of-the-novel-exopolysaccharide-produced-by-a-probiotic-strain-of-bifidobacterium-longum
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Rosanna Inturri, Antonio Molinaro, Flaviana Di Lorenzo, Giovanna Blandino, Barbara Tomasello, Claudio Hidalgo-Cantabrana, Cristina De Castro, Patricia Ruas-Madiedo
Bifidobacterium longum W11 is a commercialized probiotic that has an exopolysaccharide (EPS) layer covering its surface which could play a role in the beneficial properties attributed to the strain; thus, we have carried out chemical and biological analyses of this polymer. The eps cluster putatively involved in the polymer synthesis presented a unique structural organization not previously reported in bifidobacteria. B. longum W11 produced a complex polysaccharide blend with the main component composed of glucose and galactose...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821037/effects-of-esterification-on-the-structural-physicochemical-and-flocculation-properties-of-dextran
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Ruo-Han Li, Tao Zeng, Min Wu, Hong-Bin Zhang, Xue-Qin Hu
Dextran is an interesting starting material to design new functional polymers by chemical modification. Potential applications of dextran in water treatment should be increasingly developed and the structure properties of dextran derivatives should be focused on. In the study, dextran ester was synthesized through the esterification reaction of hydroxyl. The structure and some physicochemical properties of synthesized dextran ester were characterized and further analyzed. And we found that dextran ester could exert desirable flocculation performance in both kaolin and sugarcane juice under acidic conditions but not lower than pH 4...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821036/chitinosanase-a-fungal-chitosan-hydrolyzing-enzyme-with-a-new-and-unusually-specific-cleavage-pattern
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Markus Kohlhoff, Anna Niehues, Jasper Wattjes, Julie Bénéteau, Stefan Cord-Landwehr, Nour Eddine El Gueddari, Frank Bernard, Gustavo R Rivera-Rodriguez, Bruno M Moerschbacher
The biological activities of partially acetylated chitosan oligosaccharides (paCOS) depend on their degree of polymerization (DP), fraction of acetylation (FA), and potentially their pattern of acetylation (PA). Therefore, analyzing structure-function relationships require fully defined paCOS, but these are currently unavailable. A promising approach for obtaining at least partially defined paCOS is using chitosanolytic enzymes. Here we purified and characterized a novel chitosan-hydrolyzing enzyme from the fungus Alternaria alternata possessing an absolute cleavage specificity, yielding fully defined paCOS...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821022/structure-stabilization-in-starch-quinoa-bran-doughs-the-role-of-water-availability-and-gelatinization
#7
Maike Föste, Mario Jekle, Thomas Becker
Bran is a promising ingredient for nutritional fortification in starch-based dough systems. However its incorporation is a technological challenge favoring a shift in dough functionality. The objective of this study was to elucidate the impact of bran on baking performance independent of dough firmness and start of gelatinization. Therefore, corn starch was replaced by quinoa bran (10% to 50%) and water addition (80-110g/100g flour) was standardized on a fixed complex shear modulus (G*) and start of gelatinization (TOnset) based on a corn starch reference dough...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820970/utility-of-the-comprehensive-marijuana-motives-questionnaire-among-medical-cannabis-patients
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Kipling M Bohnert, Erin E Bonar, J Todd Arnedt, Deirdre A Conroy, Maureen A Walton, Mark A Ilgen
BACKGROUND: Little is known about motives for cannabis use among the population of adults using cannabis medically. Therefore, we evaluated the performance of the 12 factor, 36-item Comprehensive Marijuana Motives Questionnaire (CMMQ) among a sample of medical cannabis patients. METHODS: Study participants were adults ages 21years or older with scheduled appointments to obtain new or renewed medical cannabis certification from clinics in one Midwestern state (n=1116)...
August 3, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820940/polyoxometalate-cationic-cluster-and-%C3%AF-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-from-primary-interactions-to-supramolecular-hybrid-materials
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Mhamad Aly Moussawi, Nathalie Leclerc-Laronze, Sébastien Floquet, Pavel A Abramov, Maxim Nailyevich Sokolov, Stephane Cordier, Anne Ponchel, Eric Monflier, Herve Bricout, David Landy, Mohamed Haouas, Jerome Marrot, Emmanuel Cadot
Herein, we report on a three-component supramolecular hybrid system built from specific recognition processes involving a Dawson type polyoxometalate [P2W18O62](6-,) a cationic electron-rich cluster {[Ta6Br12(H6O)6]@2CD}(2+) and γ-cyclodextrin. Investigations of such a class of materials have been conducted using bottom-up approach by studying the specific interactions between -CD and both types of inorganic units. Their ability to interact has been investigated in the solid state by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and in solution using multinuclear NMR methods (including DOSY, EXSY and COSY), ESI-mass and UV-vis spectroscopies, electrochemistry and ITC experiments...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820910/impaired-dendritic-growth-and-positioning-of-cortical-pyramidal-neurons-by-activation-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-signaling-in-the-developing-mouse
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Eiki Kimura, Ken-Ichiro Kubo, Toshihiro Endo, Wenting Ling, Kazunori Nakajima, Masaki Kakeyama, Chiharu Tohyama
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors exert multiple functions in mammalian cerebral cortex development. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a member of the bHLH-Per-Arnt-Sim subfamily, is a ligand-activated transcription factor reported to regulate nervous system development in both invertebrates and vertebrates, but the functions that AhR signaling pathway may have for mammalian cerebral cortex development remains elusive. Although the endogenous ligand involved in brain developmental process has not been identified, the environmental pollutant dioxin potently binds AhR and induces abnormalities in higher brain function of laboratory animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820909/dose-of-physical-activity-physical-functioning-and-disability-risk-in-mobility-limited-older-adults-results-from-the-life-study-randomized-trial
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Roger A Fielding, Jack M Guralnik, Abby C King, Marco Pahor, Mary M McDermott, Catrine Tudor-Locke, Todd M Manini, Nancy W Glynn, Anthony P Marsh, Robert S Axtell, Fang-Chi Hsu, W Jack Rejeski
Understanding the minimal dose of physical activity required to achieve improvement in physical functioning and reductions in disability risk is necessary to inform public health recommendations. To examine the effect of physical activity dose on changes in physical functioning and the onset of major mobility disability in The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study. We conducted a multicenter single masked randomized controlled trial that enrolled participants in 2010 and 2011 and followed them for an average of 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820903/prominent-facilitation-at-beta-and-gamma-frequency-range-revealed-with-physiological-calcium-concentration-in-adult-mouse-piriform-cortex-in-vitro
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Marie Gleizes, Simon P Perrier, Caroline Fonta, Lionel G Nowak
Neuronal activity is characterized by a diversity of oscillatory phenomena that are associated with multiple behavioral and cognitive processes, yet the functional consequences of these oscillations are not fully understood. Our aim was to determine whether and how these different oscillatory activities affect short-term synaptic plasticity (STP), using the olfactory system as a model. In response to odorant stimuli, the olfactory bulb displays a slow breathing rhythm as well as beta and gamma oscillations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820900/secy-seca-fusion-protein-retains-the-ability-to-mediate-protein-transport
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Yasunori Sugano, Arata Furukawa, Osamu Nureki, Yoshiki Tanaka, Tomoya Tsukazaki
In bacteria, the membrane protein complex SecY/E/G and SecA ATPase are essential for protein translocation. About 30% of newly synthesized proteins in the cytosol are targeted to and translocated across the cytoplasmic membrane by the Sec factors. Although a number of single-molecule analyses and structural studies, including the crystal structure of SecYEG complexed with SecA, have been published, the underlying molecular mechanisms and the functional oligomer states remain elusive. In this study, we constructed a fusion protein SecY-SecA, which induces the formation of the SecY-A/SecE/SecG complex (SecYAEG), to enable investigation of the molecular mechanisms by advanced single-molecule analyses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820864/diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-and-pathology-in-spinal-cord-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rabbits-a-case-control-study
#14
Daowei Li, Xiaoming Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the application of diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion (SCI/R) injury and to explore its association with pathology. MATERIAL AND METHODS Japanese male long-eared rabbits were chosen and divided into 7 groups (8 rabbits in each group): control group (C group), sham-operation control group (S group), and 5 experimental groups (E-2 h group, E-24 h group, E-48 h group, E-7 d group, and E-14 d group). Tarlov scoring and immunohistochemical staining were used to assess hindlimb motor function and observe the expression of glial fiber acidic protein (GFAP), respectively...
August 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820643/a-prototype-ice-melting-probe-for-collecting-biological-samples-from-cryogenic-ice-at-low-pressure
#15
Ashley Davis
In the Solar System, the surface of an icy moon is composed of irregular ice formations at cryogenic temperatures (<200 K), with an oxidized surface layer and a tenuous atmosphere at very low pressure (<10(-6) atm). A lander mission, whose aim is to collect and analyze biological samples from the surface ice, must contain a device that collects samples without refreezing liquid and without sublimation of ice. In addition, if the samples are biological in nature, then precautions must be taken to ensure the samples do not overheat or mix with the oxidized layer...
August 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820612/the-potential-of-signal-peptide-peptidase-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-hepatitis-c
#16
Kohji Moriishi
Chronic infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes liver steatosis, cirrhosis, metabolic syndrome with inflammation, and eventually leads to hepatocellular carcinoma. HCV core protein is a well-known capsid protein and pathogenic factor related to lipid accumulation, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and carcinogenesis. Cleavage of the C-terminal transmembrane region by signal peptide peptidase (SPP) is required for maturation of the core protein. Areas covered: Herein, this review details the general aspects of the structure, lifecycle, pathogenesis, and maturation of the HCV core protein, the function of SPP, and clinically available direct-acting antivirals (DAAs)...
August 18, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820581/a-simple-approach-to-the-visible-light-photoactivation-of-molecular-metal-oxides
#17
Satomi Fujimoto, Jamie M Cameron, Rong-Jia Wei, Katharina Kastner, David Robinson, Victor Sans, Graham N Newton, Hiroki Oshio
This study explores a new method to maximize the visible-light-driven photocatalytic performance of organic-inorganic hybrid polyoxometalates (POMs). Experimental and theoretical investigations of a family of phosphonate-substituted POMs show that modification of grafted organic moieties can be used to tune the electronic structure and photoactivity of the metal oxide component. Unlike fully inorganic polyoxotungstates, these organic-inorganic hybrid species are responsive to visible light and function as photocatalysts (λ > 420 nm) in the decomposition of a model environmental pollutant...
August 18, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820572/on-the-functionality-selection-principle-for-high-voltage-lithium-ion-battery-electrolyte-additives
#18
Chi-Cheung Su, Meinan He, Cameron Peebles, Li Zeng, Adam Tornheim, Chen Liao, Lu Zhang, Jie Wang, Yan Wang, Zhengcheng Zhang
A new class of electrolyte additives based on cyclic fluorinated phosphate esters was rationally desgined and identified as being able to stabilize the surface of LiNi0.5Mn0.3Co0.2O2 (NMC532) cathode when cycled at potentials higher than 4.6 V vs. Li+/Li. Cyclic fluorinated phosphates were designed to incorporate functionalities of various existing additives to maximize their utilization. The synthesis and characterization of these new additives are described and their electrochemical performance in a NMC532/graphite cell cycled between 4...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820531/phytic-acid-assisted-electrochemically-synthesized-three-dimensional-o-p-functionalized-graphene-monoliths-with-high-capacitive-performance
#19
Han-Yu Li, Lang Liu, Zhi-Wei Zhang, Shu-Shen Wang, Yao Yu, Lin Liu, Yue Wu
Three-dimensional functionalized graphene monoliths (3DFGMs) have attracted intensive attention as energy storage materials due to their unique interconnected porous structure, good electrical conductivity, excellent mechanical strength, and pseudocapacitive characteristic. Herein, we report a facile, green and low-cost strategy through a simple, one-step electrochemical process in a phytic acid solution to fabricate a 3DFGM. The 3D porous structure and functionalization of graphene can be obtained simultaneously...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820526/silica-nanoparticle-monolayers-on-a-macroion-modified-surface-formation-mechanism-and-stability
#20
M Morga, Z Adamczyk, D Kosior
Even though silica nanoparticles and their monolayers find a broad field of applications, only a few studies providing a quantitative description of silica nanoparticle deposition at solid/liquid interfaces have been reported in the literature. Given the deficit of reliable experimental data, the goal of this work is to acquire thorough physicochemical characteristics of amorphous silica nanoparticle deposition. Silica nanoparticle monolayers of controlled coverage were formed on macroion (PAH)-modified mica...
August 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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