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Nicholas P van der Munnik, Md Symon Jahan Sajib, Melissa A Moss, Tao Wei, Mark J Uline
Amyloid-β (Aβ) protein aggregates through a complex pathway to progress from monomers to soluble oligomers and ultimately insoluble fibrils. Due to the dynamic nature of aggregation, it has proven exceedingly difficult to determine the precise interactions that lead to the formation of transient oligomers. Here, a statistical thermodynamic model has been developed to elucidate these interactions. Aβ1-42 was simulated using fully-atomistic replica exchange molecular dynamics. We use an ensemble of approximately 5×105 configurations taken from simulation as input in a self-consistent field theory that explicitly accounts for the size, shape and charge distribution of both the amino acids comprising Aβ and all molecular species present in solution...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Jan T Wollenberg, Jeff Ollerhead, Gail L Chmura
Salt marshes are highly effective carbon (C) sinks and have higher rates of soil C burial (per square meter) than terrestrial ecosystems. Marsh reclamation and anthropogenic impacts, however, have resulted in extensive losses of salt marshes. Restoration of marshes drained and "reclaimed" for agriculture (referred to in Canada as dykelands) and degraded marshes can generate C credits, but only if C burial is reliably quantified. To date, studies reporting on C burial rates have been limited primarily to restored marshes which are more than 10 years old...
2018: PloS One
M Loudiyi, A Aït-Kaddour
Chemical composition, sensory characteristics, textural and functional properties are among the most important characteristics, which directly relates to the global quality of cheese and to consumer acceptability. A number of factors including milk composition, processing conditions and salt content, influences these properties. The past decades many investigations were performed on the possibilities to reduce salt content of cheese due to its adverse health effects, the current lifestyle and the awareness of the consumers for nutrition quality products...
March 21, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Mariel M Cardenas, Sean T Toenjes, Christopher J Nalbandian, Jeffrey L Gustafson
The catalytic enantioselective synthesis of 3-aryl-substituted pyrrolopyrimidines (PPYs), a common motif in drug discovery, is achieved through a kinetic resolution via quaternary ammonium salt-catalyzed nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SN Ar). Both enantioenriched products and starting materials can be functionalized with no observed racemization to give enantiodivergent access to diverse chiral analogues of an important class of kinase inhibitor. One of the compounds was found to be a potent and selective inhibitor of breast tumor kinase...
March 21, 2018: Organic Letters
Igor L Fedushkin, Anton N Lukoyanov, Evgeny V Baranov
The reduction of 1,2-bis[(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imino]acenaphthene (dpp-Bian) with an excess of La metal in the presence of iodine (dpp-Bian/I2 = 2/1) in tetrahydrofuran (thf) or dimethoxyethane (dme) affords lanthanum(III) complexes of dpp-Bian dianion: deep blue [(dpp-Bian)2- LaI(thf)2 ]2 (1, 84%) was isolated by crystallization of the product from hexane, while deep green [(dpp-Bian)LaI(dme)2 ] (2, 93%) precipitated from the reaction mixture in the course of its synthesis. A treatment of complex 1 with 0...
March 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Chunyang Wang, Qingyan Cheng, Yanji Wang
Several alkylammonium salts were used in the study of α-titanium phosphate (α-TiP) intercalation chemistry. The characterization results demonstrated that the expected intercalation by direct ion exchange could be successfully achieved without any addition of an extra amine substance. Our findings are different from the current opinion that by the ion-exchange method, without the assistance of bases, large cations are difficult to exchange into the narrow interlayer space of α-tetravalent metal phosphate directly because of the small interlayer distance...
March 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Karsten Klauke, Dzmitry H Zaitsau, Mark Bülow, Li He, Maximilian Klopotowski, Tim-Oliver Knedel, Juri Barthel, Christoph Held, Sergey P Verevkin, Christoph Janiak
Three selenoether-functionalized ionic liquids (ILs) of N-[(phenylseleno)methylene]pyridinium (1), N-(methyl)- (2) and N-(butyl)-N'-[(phenylseleno)methylene]imidazolium (3) with bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide anions ([NTf2]) were prepared from pyridine, N-methylimidazole and N-butylimidazole with in situ obtained phenylselenomethyl chloride, followed by ion exchange to give the desired compounds. The crystal structures of the bromide and tetraphenylborate salts of the above cations (1-Br, 2-BPh4 and 3-BPh4) confirm the formation of the desired cations and indicate a multitude of different supramolecular interactions besides the dominating Coulomb interactions between the cations and anions...
March 21, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Junyi Yang, Xiao Feng, Guangnong Lu, Yulin Li, Chaochao Mao, Zhongliang Wen, Wenbing Yuan
The use of salts as grinding media to assist the mechanosynthesis, and the following one-pot mechanochemical post-synthesis, of hierarchically porous MOFs was carried out efficiently by ball milling. NaCl or KCl were used as a solid solvent to initially pre-grind with 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (H3BTC) and copper acetate monhydrate, respectively, for 1 minute, then both mixtures were combined together for a further 20 minutes of grinding, and the resultant mixture was finally washed with ethanol and water to obtain the hierarchically micro-, meso- and macroporous HKUST-1 with a high yield...
March 21, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Steffen Engelbrecht, Mohammad Mozooni, Kristina Rathsack, Jörg Böllmannm, Marion Martienssen
The Anammox process is an efficient low energy alternative for the elimination of nitrogen from wastewater. The process is already in use for side stream applications. However, some industrial wastewaters e.g. from textile industry are highly saline. This may be a limit for the application of the Anammox process. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of different NaCl concentrations to the efficiency of adapted and non-adapted Anammox biofilms. The tested NaCl concentrations ranged from 0 to 50 g NaCl*L-1 ...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Technology
Satoshi Nozaki, Aya Mawatari, Yuka Nakatani, Emi Hayashinaka, Yasuhiro Wada, Yukihiro Nomura, Takahito Kitayoshi, Kouji Akimoto, Shinji Ninomiya, Hisashi Doi, Yasuyoshi Watanabe
PURPOSE: Thiamine is an essential component of glucose metabolism and energy production. The disulfide derivative, thiamine tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide (TTFD), is better absorbed than readily-available water-soluble thiamine salts because it does not require the rate-limiting transport system required for thiamine absorption. However, the detailed pharmacokinetics of thiamine and TTFD under normal and pathological conditions have not yet been clarified. C-11-labeled thiamine and TTFD were recently synthesized by our group...
March 20, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Michael Kroeger, Horst Karl, Bernhard Simmler, Peter Singer
Up to now the visual inspection of mobility of isolated anisakid larvae serves as a measure of viability and possible risk of infection. This paper presents a new method to rule out unreliability - caused by the temporary immobility of the larvae and by the human uncertainty factor of visual observation. By means of a Near infrared (NIR) imaging method, elastic curvature energies and geometric shape parameters were determined from contours, and used as a measure of viability. It was based on the modelling of larvae as a cylindrical membrane system...
March 2018: Heliyon
Isidore A Diouf, Laurent Derivot, Frédérique Bitton, Laura Pascual, Mathilde Causse
Quality is a key trait in plant breeding, especially for fruit and vegetables. Quality involves several polygenic components, often influenced by environmental conditions with variable levels of genotype × environment interaction that must be considered in breeding strategies aiming to improve quality. In order to assess the impact of water deficit and salinity on tomato fruit quality, we evaluated a multi-parent advanced generation intercross (MAGIC) tomato population in contrasted environmental conditions over 2 years, one year in control vs...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Ioanna Petta, Judith Fraussen, Veerle Somers, Markus Kleinewietfeld
B cells possess a predominant role in adaptive immune responses via antibody-dependent and -independent functions. The microbiome of the gastrointestinal tract is currently being intensively investigated due to its profound impact on various immune responses, including B cell maturation, activation, and IgA antibody responses. Recent findings have demonstrated the interplay between dietary components, gut microbiome, and autoantibody production. "Western" dietary patterns, such as high fat and high salt diets, can induce alterations in the gut microbiome that in turn affects IgA responses and the production of autoantibodies...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mark F McCarty, James H O'Keefe, James J DiNicolantonio
Background: Glutathione is a key scavenging antioxidant that opposes the proinflammatory signaling of hydrogen peroxide. Boosting cellular glutathione levels may have broad utility in the prevention and treatment of disorders driven by oxidative stress. Supplemental N-acetylcysteine has been employed for this purpose. Could supplemental glycine likewise promote glutathione synthesis? Methods: We conducted a review of the pertinent literature using PubMed. Results: Tissue glycine levels are lower than the glutathione synthase Michaelis constant (Km ) for glycine...
2018: Ochsner Journal
Dong Tian, Shuai-Jia Mo, Lian-Kui Han, Liang Cheng, Heng Huang, Shuai Hao, Ye-Lan Guan, Kai-Yuan Jiang, Jing-Ya Deng, Hu-Hao Feng, Hong-Ying Wen, Mao-Yong Fu
To compare the differences in dietary status and knowledge of esophageal cancer (EC) between residents of high- and low-incidence areas. We investigated dietary conditions and EC knowledge among residents in high- and low-EC incidence areas (Yanting and Qingzhen counties). Residents in Yanting consumed more pickled vegetables, salted meat and barbecued food (P < 0.05). Analysis of the past ten-year trend in Yanting consumed fresh vegetables/fruits, beans, sauerkraut, hot food, and barbecued food had gradually increased, and the trend was less than that in Qingzhen County...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Simone Sello, Roberto Moscatiello, Norbert Mehlmer, Manuela Leonardelli, Luca Carraretto, Enrico Cortese, Filippo G Zanella, Barbara Baldan, Ildikò Szabò, Ute C Vothknecht, Lorella Navazio
Chloroplasts require a fine-tuned control of their internal Ca2+ concentration, which is crucial for many aspects of photosynthesis and for other chloroplast-localized processes. Increasing evidence suggests that calcium regulation within chloroplasts may also influence Ca2+ signalling pathways in the cytosol. To investigate the involvement of thylakoids in Ca2+ homeostasis and in the modulation of chloroplast Ca2+ signals in vivo, we targeted the bioluminescent Ca2+ reporter aequorin as a YFP fusion to the lumen and the stromal surface of thylakoids in Arabidopsis...
March 20, 2018: Plant Physiology
Xiao Wei, Zongshi Lu, Tao Yang, Peng Gao, Sijiao Chen, Daoyan Liu, Zhiming Zhu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: High salt consumption is a major risk factor for hypertension, and sodium homeostasis is regulated by both intestinal sodium absorption and urinary sodium excretion. Chronic caffeine intake has been reported to attenuate salt-sensitive hypertension by promoting urinary sodium excretion; however, its exact role in intestinal sodium absorption remains unknown. Here, we investigated whether and how chronic caffeine consumption antagonizes salt-sensitive hypertension by inhibiting intestinal sodium absorption...
March 16, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Xiao-Mei Shi, Gao-Chao Fan, Xueying Tang, Qingming Shen, Jun-Jie Zhu
Sensitive and specific detection of DNA is of great significance for clinical diagnosis. In this paper, an effective cascade signal amplification strategy was introduced into photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor for ultrasensitive detection of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) DNA. This proposed signal amplification strategy integrates λ-exonuclease (λ-Exo) aided target recycling with hybridization chain reaction (HCR) and enzyme catalysis. In the presence of target DNA (tDNA) of HTLV-I, the designed hairpin DNA (h1 DNA) hybridized with tDNA, subsequently recognized and cleaved by λ-Exo to set free tDNA...
March 13, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Wilson Huanca-Mamani, Raúl Arias-Carrasco, Steffany Cárdenas-Ninasivincha, Marcelo Rojas-Herrera, Gonzalo Sepúlveda-Hermosilla, José Carlos Caris-Maldonado, Elizabeth Bastías, Vinicius Maracaja-Coutinho
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been defined as transcripts longer than 200 nucleotides, which lack significant protein coding potential and possess critical roles in diverse cellular processes. Long non-coding RNAs have recently been functionally characterized in plant stress-response mechanisms. In the present study, we perform a comprehensive identification of lncRNAs in response to combined stress induced by salinity and excess of boron in the Lluteño maize, a tolerant maize landrace from Atacama Desert, Chile...
March 20, 2018: Genes
Vajira R Wanniarachchi, Lettee Dametto, Crystal Sweetman, Yuri Shavrukov, David A Day, Colin L D Jenkins, Kathleen L Soole
Plants have a non-energy conserving bypass of the classical mitochondrial cytochrome c pathway, known as the alternative respiratory pathway (AP). This involves type II NAD(P)H dehydrogenases (NDs) on both sides of the mitochondrial inner membrane, ubiquinone, and the alternative oxidase (AOX). The AP components have been widely characterised from Arabidopsis, but little is known for monocot species. We have identified all the genes encoding components of the AP in rice and barley and found the key genes which respond to oxidative stress conditions...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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