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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636344/ruthenium-complexes-are-ph-activated-metallo-prodrugs-phamps-with-light-triggered-selective-toxicity-toward-cancer-cells
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Fengrui Qu, Seungjo Park, Kristina Martinez, Jessica L Gray, Fathima Shazna Thowfeik, John A Lundeen, Ashley E Kuhn, David J Charboneau, Deidra L Gerlach, Molly M Lockart, James A Law, Katherine L Jernigan, Nicole Chambers, Matthias Zeller, Nicholas A Piro, W Scott Kassel, Russell H Schmehl, Jared J Paul, Edward J Merino, Yonghyun Kim, Elizabeth T Papish
Metallo prodrugs that take advantage of the inherent acidity surrounding cancer cells have yet to be developed. We report a new class of pH-activated metallo prodrugs (pHAMPs) that are activated by light- and pH-triggered ligand dissociation. These ruthenium complexes take advantage of a key characteristic of cancer cells and hypoxic solid tumors (acidity) that can be exploited to lessen the side effects of chemotherapy. Five ruthenium complexes of the type [(N,N)2Ru(PL)](2+) were synthesized, fully characterized, and tested for cytotoxicity in cell culture (1A: N,N = 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy) and PL, the photolabile ligand, = 6,6'-dihydroxybipyridine (6,6'-dhbp); 2A: N,N = 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and PL = 6,6'-dhbp; 3A: N,N = 2,3-dihydro-[1,4]dioxino[2,3-f][1,10]phenanthroline (dop) and PL = 6,6'-dhbp; 4A: N,N = bipy and PL = 4,4'-dimethyl-6,6'-dihydroxybipyridine (dmdhbp); 5A: N,N = 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and PL = 4,4'-dihydroxybipyridine (4,4'-dhbp)...
June 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635961/hypoxia-induced-mobilization-of-nhe6-to-the-plasma-membrane-triggers-endosome-hyperacidification-and-chemoresistance
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Fabrice Lucien, Pierre-Paul Pelletier, Roxane R Lavoie, Jean-Michel Lacroix, Sébastien Roy, Jean-Luc Parent, Dominique Arsenault, Kelly Harper, Claire M Dubois
The pH-dependent partitioning of chemotherapeutic drugs is a fundamental yet understudied drug distribution mechanism that may underlie the low success rates of current approaches to counter multidrug resistance (MDR). This mechanism is influenced by the hypoxic tumour microenvironment and results in selective trapping of weakly basic drugs into acidified compartments such as the extracellular environment. Here we report that hypoxia not only leads to acidification of the tumour microenvironment but also induces endosome hyperacidification...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635250/a-highly-stimuli-responsive-au-nanorods-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-pnipam-composite-hydrogel-for-smart-switch
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Chuan-Ling Zhang, Fu-Hu Cao, Jin-Long Wang, Zhi-Long Yu, Jin Ge, Yang Lu, Zhi-Hua Wang, Shu-Hong Yu
To achieve both fast response and structural integrity during the repeating volume changes are the most significant chal-lenges for thermo-responsive hydrogels. In this work, AuNRs/PNIPAM composite hydrogel with fast thermal/optical re-sponse and structural integrity is facilely prepared by electrospinning and following a curing treatment. By combining the photothermal property of AuNRs and thermal-responsive effect of PNIPAM, the composite hydrogel shows fast thermal/photo-response, high heating rate and high structural integrity with fiercely size change...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634850/novel-vitamin-b12-producing-enterococcus-spp-and-preliminary-in-vitro-evaluation-of-probiotic-potentials
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Ping Li, Qing Gu, Yuejiao Wang, Yue Yu, Lanlan Yang, Jieyan V Chen
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient required for crucial metabolic processes in humans. Vitamin B12-producing lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have been attracting increased attentions currently because of the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status. Most of recent studies focused on Lactobacillus, and little is known about B12-producing Enterococcus. In the present study, five Enterococcus strains isolated from infant feces were identified as vitamin B12 producers. Among them, Enterococcus faecium LZ86 had the highest B12 production (499...
June 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634802/alkaline-treated-sawdust-as-an-effective-material-for-cationic-dye-removal-from-textile-effluents-under-dynamic-conditions-breakthrough-curve-prediction-and-mechanism-exploration
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Ahmed Amine Azzaz, Salah Jellali, Rahma Souissi, Karim Ergaieg, Latifa Bousselmi
This paper deals with the methylene blue molecule (MB) removal from synthetic and real textile wastewaters by alkali-treated orange tree sawdust (ATOS) under different dynamic conditions. Experimental results showed that MB removal efficiencies by ATOS increased when increasing initial dye concentrations and bed depths but decreased with the increase of the applied flow rates with a maximum adsorption capacity of about 110 mg g(-1). Moreover, various empirical models were applied to predict the experimental breakthrough curves (BTCs) and to determine the characteristic adsorption parameters...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632187/complex-coacervation-of-soy-proteins-isoflavones-and-chitosan
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Yu-Hsuan Hsiao, Sheng-Yang Hsia, Yin-Ching Chan, Jung-Feng Hsieh
In this study, the chitosan-induced coacervation of soy protein-isoflavone complexes in soymilk was investigated. Most of the soymilk proteins, including β-conglycinin (7S), glycinin (11S), and isoflavones, were found to coacervate into the soymilk pellet fraction (SPF) following the addition of 0.5% chitosan. The total protein in the soymilk supernatant fraction (SSF) decreased from 18.1 ± 0.3 mg/mL to 1.6 ± 0.1 mg/mL, and the pH values decreased slightly, from 6.6 ± 0.0 to 6.0 ± 0.0. The results of SDS-PAGE revealed that the 7S α', 7S α, 7S β, 11S A3, and 11S acidic subunits, as well as the 11S basic proteins in the SSF, decreased to 0...
June 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631807/compositional-analyses-and-shelf-life-modeling-of-njangsa-ricinodendron-heudelotii-seed-oil-using-the-weibull-hazard-analysis
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Harold K Abaidoo-Ayin, Prince G Boakye, Kerby C Jones, Victor T Wyatt, Samuel A Besong, Stephen E Lumor
This study investigated the compositional characteristics and shelf-life of Njangsa seed oil (NSO). Oil from Njangsa had a high polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) content of which alpha eleostearic acid (α-ESA), an unusual conjugated linoleic acid was the most prevalent (about 52%). Linoleic acid was also present in appreciable amounts (approximately 34%). Our investigations also indicated that the acid-catalyzed transesterification of NSO resulted in lower yields of α-ESA methyl esters, due to isomerization, a phenomenon which was not observed under basic conditions...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630422/basic-surface-features-of-nuclear-fkbps-facilitate-chromatin-binding
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Andrew Leung, Francy-Pesek Jardim, Neda Savic, Yoan R Monneau, Rodrigo González-Romero, Geoff Gudavicius, Jose M Eirin-Lopez, Till Bartke, Cameron D Mackereth, Juan Ausió, Christopher J Nelson
The nucleoplasmin family of histone chaperones is identified by a pentamer-forming domain and multiple acidic tracts that mediate histone binding and chaperone activity. Within this family, a novel domain organization was recently discovered that consists of an N-terminal nucleoplasmin-like (NPL) domain and a C-terminal FKBP peptidyl-proline isomerase domain. Saccharomyces cerevisiae Fpr4 is one such protein. Here we report that in addition to its known histone prolyl isomerase activities, the Fpr4 FKBP domain binds to nucleosomes and nucleosome arrays in vitro...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630329/the-case-for-defined-protein-folding-pathways
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S Walter Englander, Leland Mayne
We consider the differences between the many-pathway protein folding model derived from theoretical energy landscape considerations and the defined-pathway model derived from experiment. A basic tenet of the energy landscape model is that proteins fold through many heterogeneous pathways by way of amino acid-level dynamics biased toward selecting native-like interactions. The many pathways imagined in the model are not observed in the structure-formation stage of folding by experiments that would have found them, but they have now been detected and characterized for one protein in the initial prenucleation stage...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629707/theoretical-investigation-of-the-selective-dehydration-and-dehydrogenation-of-ethanol-catalyzed-by-small-molecules
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Yanqun Wang, Yizhen Tang, Youxiang Shao
Catalytic dehydration and dehydrogenation reactions of ethanol have been investigated systematically using the ab initio quantum chemistry methods The catalysts include water, hydrogen peroxide, formic acid, phosphoric acid, hydrogen fluoride, ammonia, and ethanol itself. Moreover, a few clusters of water and ethanol were considered to simulate the catalytic mechanisms in supercritical water and supercritical ethanol. The barriers for both dehydration and dehydrogenation can be reduced significantly in the presence of the catalysts...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629383/epitope-mapping-and-characterization-of-a-novel-nsp10-specific-monoclonal-antibody-that-differentiates-genotype-2-prrsv-from-genotype-1-prrsv
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Zhibang Zhang, Xuexia Wen, Jianguo Dong, Xinna Ge, Lei Zhou, Hanchun Yang, Xin Guo
BACKGROUND: Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), the causative agent of PRRS, has two distinct and highly diverse genotypes (genotype 1 and genotype 2) in the field. Accurate diagnosis and differentiation of the two genotypes of PRRSV are critical to the effective prevention and control of PRRS. The non-structural protein 10 (Nsp10) plays a vital role in viral replication and is one of the most conserved proteins of PRRSV, thus constituting a good candidate for PRRSV diagnosis...
June 19, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629035/sodium-alginate-polyvinyl-alcohol-bovin-serum-albumin-coated-fe3o4-nanoparticles-as-anticancer-drug-delivery-vehicle-doxorubicin-loading-and-in-vitro-release-study-and-cytotoxicity-to-hepg2-and-l02-cells
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G Prabha, V Raj
The challenging part of this work was to research the potential aspects of sodium alginate (SA)-polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-bovin serum albumin (BSA) coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles (Fe3O4-SA-PVA-BSA) as a drug delivery system for doxorubicin (DOX). The anticancer drug doxorubicin was selected as a model drug which is powerful for numerous cancer treatments. Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation method. The mixture solution of Fe3O4-sodium alginate (SA) - doxorubicin (DOX) was crosslinked with Ca(2+) to form (Fe3O4-SA-DOX) nanoparticles and addition of PVA and BSA with (Fe3O4-SA-DOX) nanoparticles was prepared by coating procedure...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628745/significant-enhancement-of-photocatalytic-reduction-of-co2-with-h2o-over-zno-by-the-formation-of-basic-zinc-carbonate
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Chunyu Xin, Maocong Hu, Kang Wang, Xi Tao Wang
Electron-hole pair separation efficiency and adsorption performance of photocatalysts to CO2 are the two key factors affecting the performance of photocatalytic CO2 reduction with H2O. Distinct from conventional promoter addition, this study proposed a novel approach to address these two issues by tuning own surface features of semiconductor photocatalyst. Three ZnO samples with different morphologies, surface area and defect content were fabricated by varying preparation methods, characterized by XRD, TEM, room temperature PL spectra, and tested in photoreduction of CO2 with H2O...
June 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627759/vibrational-biospectroscopy-characterises-biochemical-differences-between-cell-types-used-for-toxicological-investigations-and-identifies-alterations-induced-by-environmental-contaminants
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Kelly A Heys, Richard F Shore, M Glória Pereira, Francis L Martin
The use of cell-based assays is essential in reducing the number of vertebrates used in the investigation of chemical toxicities and in regulatory toxicology assessment. An important factor in obtaining meaningful results which can be accurately extrapolated is the use of biologically appropriate cell lines. In this preliminary study, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy with multivariate analysis was used to assess the fundamental biomolecular differences between a commonly used cell line, MCF-7 cells, and an environmentally relevant cell line derived from Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) dermal fibroblasts...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627541/amino-acid-functionalisation-using-the-2-phosphaethynolate-anion-a-facile-route-to-phosphanyl-carbonyl-amino-acids
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E N Faria, A R Jupp, J M Goicoechea
We describe the reactivity of the 2-phosphaethynolate anion (PCO(-)) towards enantiomerically pure α-amino acids (AAs) resulting in the formation of novel salts of phosphinecarboxamides bearing chiral functionalities. These transformations occurred quantitatively with all but one of the amino acids trialled (the basic amino acid arginine was found to be unreactive). The resulting ionic species can be readily protonated to afford N-(phosphanyl)carbonyl-amino acids, a novel group of amino acids bearing primary phosphine functionalities...
June 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627371/structure-activity-relationship-study-of-tetrapeptide-inhibitors-of-the-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-binding-to-neuropilin-1
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Dagmara Tymecka, Piotr F J Lipiński, Bartłomiej Fedorczyk, Anna Puszko, Beata Wileńska, Gerard Y Perret, Aleksandra Misicka
Neuropilin-1 is considered as one of the key receptors responsible for signaling pathways involved in pathological angiogenesis necessary for tumor progression, therefore targeting of VEGF165 binding to NRP-1 could be a relevant strategy for antiangiogenic treatment. It was shown before that the VEGF165/NRP-1 interaction can be inhibited by short tetrapeptides with K/RXXR sequence. Here, we present a structure-activity relationship study of the systematic optimization of amino acid residues in positions 1-3 in the above tetrapeptides...
June 13, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625888/combined-venom-profiling-and-cytotoxicity-screening-of-the-radde-s-mountain-viper-montivipera-raddei-and-mount-bulgar-viper-montivipera-bulgardaghica-with-potent-cytotoxicity-against-human-a549-lung-carcinoma-cells
#17
Ayse Nalbantsoy, Benjamin-Florian Hempel, Daniel Petras, Paul Heiss, Bayram Göçmen, Nasit Iğci, Mehmet Zülfü Yildiz, Roderich D Süssmuth
Here we report the first characterization of the endemic Mount Bulgar Viper (Montivipera bulgardaghica) and Radde's mountain viper (Montivipera raddei) venom by a combined approach using intact mass profiling and bottom-up proteomics. The cytotoxicity screening of crude venom as well as isolated serine proteases revealed a high activity against A549 human lung carcinoma cells. By means of intact mass profiling of native and reduced venom we observed basic and acidic phospholipases type A2. Moreover, the analysis revealed snake venom metalloproteases, cysteine-rich secretory proteins, disintegrins, snake venom serine proteases, C-type lectins, a vascular endothelial growth factor and an L-amino acid oxidase...
June 15, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625234/-effect-of-global-end-diastolic-volume-index-guidance-fluid-resuscitation-in-elderly-patients-with-septic-shock
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Shuang Ma, Rumin Zhang, Shifu Wang, Meiling Zhao, Lei Wang, Yun Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of global end diastolic volume index (GEDVI) on fluid resuscitation in elderly patients with septic shock. METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted. Septic shock patients over 65 years admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Shandong Province, Zibo Central Hospital from January 2013 to December 2015 were enrolled. The patients were randomly divided into control group and observation group, 20 cases in each group...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625233/-elevation-of-red-cell-distribution-width-during-hospitalization-predicts-mortality-in-patients-with-sepsis
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Yan Gong, Xianming Long, Jun Jin, Xinjing Yang, Jianhong Fu, Fang Huang, Jian Huang, Qiang Guo, Jun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of red cell distribution width (RDW) with prognosis in patients with sepsis. METHODS: Patients with sepsis admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of the First Hospital of Soochow University from January 2011 to December 2016 were enrolled. All clinical data were collected for participants, which mainly included basic data, main underlying disease, site of infection, acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II(APACHE II) score, blood routine test, biochemical test, blood gas analysis, coagulation index, procalcitonin (PCT), hospitalization days, and 28-day and 90-day mortality...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624369/controlled-drug-release-through-regulated-biodegradation-of-poly-lactic-acid-using-inorganic-salts
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Sunil Kumar, Shikha Singh, Sudipta Senapati, Akhand Pratap Singh, Biswajit Ray, Pralay Maiti
Biodegradation rate of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) has been regulated, both increase and decrease with respect to the biodegradation of pure PLA, by embedding meager amount of inorganic salts in polymer matrix. Biodegradation is performed in enzyme medium on suspension and film and the extent of biodegradation is measured through spectroscopic technique which is also verified by weight loss measurement. Media pH has been controlled using trace amount of inorganic salt which eventually control the biodegradation of PLA...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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