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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682591/robust-bioinspired-graphene-film-via-%C3%AF-%C3%AF-cross-linking
#1
Hong Ni, Feiyu Xu, Antoni P Tomsia, Eduardo Saiz, Lei Jiang, Qunfeng Cheng
Graphene composite films inspired by nacre are the subject of ongoing research efforts to optimize their properties for applications in flexible energy devices. Noncovalent interactions do not cause interruption of the delocalized conjugated π-electron system, thus preserving graphene's excellent properties. Herein, we synthesized a conjugated molecule with pyrene groups on both ends of a long linear chain (AP-DSS) from 1-aminopyrene (AP) and disuccinimidyl suberate (DSS). The AP-DSS molecules are used to cross-link adjacent graphene nanosheets via π-π interfacial interactions to improve properties of graphene films...
July 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601524/rifampin-stability-and-solution-concentration-enhancement-through-amorphous-solid-dispersion-in-cellulose-%C3%AF-carboxyalkanoate-matrices
#2
Hale Çiğdem Arca, Laura I Mosquera-Giraldo, Junia M Pereira, Nammalwar Sriranganathan, Lynne S Taylor, Kevin J Edgar
Tuberculosis (TB) is a deadly infectious disease; approximately 2 billion people are currently latently infected with the causative agent Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Approximately 8 million new active cases and 2 million deaths due to TB are recorded annually(1). Rifampin (Rif) is a vital first line TB treatment drug. Its effectiveness is hampered by the high dose required (600 mg 1x/day) and by its moderate, variable bioavailability. These issues can be explained by Rif instability at gastric pH, limited solubility at neutral pH, polymorphism, and stimulation of its own metabolism...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593747/novel-serum-metabolomics-based-approach-by-gas-chromatography-triple-quadrupole-mass-spectrometry-for-detection-of-human-skin-cancers-candidate-biomarkers
#3
Takeshi Fukumoto, Shin Nishiumi, Susumu Fujiwara, Masaru Yoshida, Chikako Nishigori
Skin cancer incidence rates are continuing to rise; however, if detected at an early stage, they can be cured with minimally invasive treatment. Therefore, the identification of novel and robust biomarkers for the early detection of skin cancer is required to improve the quality of life of the patient after treatment. In the present study, we aimed to identify novel biomarkers of skin cancers. We carried out serum metabolomics using gas chromatography/triple quadrupole mass spectrometry for two types of skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545100/intranasal-delivery-of-a-bivalent-norovirus-vaccine-formulated-in-an-in-situ-gelling-dry-powder
#4
Jordan P Ball, Michael J Springer, Yawei Ni, Isaac Finger-Baker, Juan Martinez, Jessica Hahn, John F Suber, Ashley V DiMarco, James D Talton, Ronald R Cobb
The global health community is beginning to understand the burden of norovirus-associated disease, which has a significant impact in both developed and developing countries. Norovirus virus like particle (VLP)-based vaccines are currently under development and have been shown to elicit systemic and mucosal immune responses when delivered intranasally. In the present study, we describe the use of a dry powder formulation (GelVac™) with an in situ gelling polysaccharide (GelSite™) extracted from Aloe vera for nasal delivery of a bivalent vaccine formulation containing both GI and GII...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536883/identification-of-genes-related-to-skin-development-in-potato
#5
Vijaya K R Vulavala, Edna Fogelman, Lior Rozental, Adi Faigenboim, Zachariah Tanami, Oded Shoseyov, Idit Ginzberg
Newly identified genes that are preferentially expressed in potato skin include genes that are associated with the secondary cell wall and stress-related activities and contribute to the skin's protective function. Microarrays were used to compare the skin and tuber-flesh transcriptomes of potato, to identify genes that contribute to the unique characteristics of the skin as a protective tissue. Functional gene analysis indicated that genes involved in developmental processes such as cell division, cell differentiation, morphogenesis and secondary cell wall formation (lignification and suberization), and stress-related activities, are more highly expressed in the skin than in the tuber flesh...
July 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506468/-impact-of-cork-oak-management-on-the-ectomycorrhizal-fungal-diversity-associated-with-quercus-suber-in-the-m%C3%A3-amora-forest-morocco
#6
Fatima Z Maghnia, Hervé Sanguin, Younes Abbas, Marcello Verdinelli, Benaissa Kerdouh, Naima El Ghachtouli, Enrico Lancellotti, Salah Eddine Bakkali Yakhlef, Robin Duponnois
The cork oak forest is an ecosystem playing a major role in Moroccan socio-economy and biodiversity conservation. However, this ecosystem is negatively impacted by extensive human- and climate-driven pressures, causing a strong decrease in its distribution and a worsening of the desertification processes. This study aims at characterising the impact of cork oak forest management on a major actor of its functioning, the ectomycorrhizal (EcM) fungal community associated with Quercus suber, and the determination of EcM bio-indicators...
May 2017: Comptes Rendus Biologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443925/the-effect-of-ligand-ligand-interactions-on-the-formation-of-photoluminescent-gold-nanoclusters-embedded-in-au-i-thiolate-supramolecules
#7
Hsiang-Yu Chang, Yu-Ting Tseng, Zhiqin Yuan, Hung-Lung Chou, Ching-Hsiang Chen, Bing-Joe Hwang, Meng-Che Tsai, Huan-Tsung Chang, Chih-Ching Huang
In this study, we prepared photoluminescent l-cysteine (Cys)-capped gold nanoclusters (Cys-Au NCs) via NaBH4-mediated reduction of aggregated coordination polymers (supramolecules) of -[Cys-Au(i)]n-. The -[Cys-Au(i)]n- supramolecules with interesting chiral properties were formed through simple reactions of chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) with Cys at certain pH values (pH 3-7). The -[Cys-Au(i)]n- polymers could self-assemble into -[Cys-Au(i)]n- supramolecules with irregular morphologies and diameters larger than 500 nm through stacked hydrogen bonding and zwitterionic interactions between Cys ligands and through Au(i)Au(i) aurophilic interactions in solutions with pH values ≤7...
May 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419920/the-retention-and-distribution-of-parent-alkylated-and-n-o-s-containing-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-on-the-epidermal-tissue-of-mangrove-seedlings
#8
Ruilong Li, Huadong Tan, Yaxian Zhu, Yong Zhang
The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) located on the epidermal tissues showed distinctive toxic effects to root, while the retention and distribution of PAHs on mangrove seedlings poorly understood. Our results confirmed that the partition coefficients (Kf) of the PAHs retained on the epidermal tissue of mangrove roots, such as Kandelia obovata, Avicennia marina and Aegiceras corniculatum, were much higher than the Poaceae plants roots, for example wheat and maize (Wild et al., 2005). Moreover, to the parent and alkyl PAHs, a well negative correlation was observed between the surface polarity of these three species of mangrove root and the Kf values (p < 0...
July 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419433/plant-soil-feedbacks-in-declining-forests-implications-for-species-coexistence
#9
Lorena Gómez-Aparicio, Jara Domínguez-Begines, Paul Kardol, José M Ávila, Beatriz Ibáñez, Luis V García
Plant-soil feedbacks (PSFs) play a relevant role as drivers of species abundance, coexistence, and succession in plant communities. However, the potential contribution of PSFs to community dynamics in changing forest ecosystems affected by global change drivers is still largely unexplored. We measured the direction, strength and nature (biological vs. chemical) of PSFs experienced by coexisting tree species in two types of declining Quercus suber forests of southwestern Spain (open woodland vs. closed forest) invaded by the exotic soil pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi...
April 18, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402676/optimizing-the-parameters-governing-the-fragmentation-of-cross-linked-peptides-in-a-tribrid-mass-spectrometer
#10
Lars Kolbowski, Marta L Mendes, Juri Rappsilber
We compared the five different ways of fragmentation available on a tribrid mass spectrometer and optimized their collision energies with regard to optimal sequence coverage of cross-linked peptides. We created a library of bis(sulfosuccinimidyl)suberate (BS3/DSS) cross-linked precursors, derived from the tryptic digests of three model proteins (Human Serum Albumin, creatine kinase, and myoglobin). This enabled in-depth targeted analysis of the fragmentation behavior of 1065 cross-linked precursors using the five fragmentation techniques: collision-induced dissociation (CID), beam-type CID (HCD), electron-transfer dissociation (ETD), and the combinations ETciD and EThcD...
May 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351588/synthesis-and-anti-hiv-activities-of-unsymmetrical-long-chain-dicarboxylate-esters-of-dinucleoside-reverse-transcriptase-inhibitors
#11
Hitesh K Agarwal, Bhupender S Chhikara, Gustavo F Doncel, Keykavous Parang
A series of 11 unsymmetrical dicarboxylate conjugates of dinucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors were synthesized. Three dicarboxylic acids, succinic acid, suberic acid and 1,14-tetradecandioc acid, were diesterified with either 3'-azido-2',3'-dideoxythymidine (AZT), 3'-fluoro-2',3'-dideoxythymidine (FLT), 2',3'-dideoxy-3'-thiacytidine (3TC), or 5-fluoro-2',3'-dideoxy-3'-thiacytidine (FTC). The anti-HIV activity of synthesized compounds was evaluated against HIV-1 X4 (IIIB) and R5 (BaL) viral strains in single-round infection assays...
May 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348461/am966-an-antagonist-of-lysophosphatidic-acid-receptor-1-increases-lung-microvascular-endothelial-permeability-through-activation-of-rho-signaling-pathway-and-phosphorylation-of-ve-cadherin
#12
Junting Cai, Jianxin Wei, Shuang Li, Tomeka Suber, Jing Zhao
Maintenance of pulmonary endothelial barrier integrity is important for reducing severity of lung injury. Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) regulates cell motility, cytoskeletal rearrangement, and cell growth. Knockdown of LPA receptor 1 (LPA1) has been shown to mitigate lung injury and pulmonary fibrosis. AM966, an LPA1 antagonist exhibiting an antifibrotic property, has been considered to be a future antifibrotic medicine. Here, we report an unexpected effect of AM966, which increases lung endothelial barrier permeability...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323849/bis-sulfosuccinimidyl-suberate-bs3-crosslinking-analysis-of-the-behavior-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide-in-solution-and-in-phospholipid-membranes
#13
Jing-Ming Shi, Jie Pei, En-Qi Liu, Lin Zhang
The structure and state of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) oligomers often need to be checked by reliable experimental methods. Electrophoresis is a commonly applied measurement method. However, due to the presence of detergents, oligomers are easily broken during electrophoresis, which makes it very hard to accurately assess Aβ aggregate states. In the current study, bis(sulfosuccinimidyl) suberate (BS3) was used to cross-link Aβ1-42 oligomers prior to electrophoresis. When compared to a previously reported Aβ cross-linking agent, glutaraldehyde, it was quite apparent that BS3 is more suitable for detecting intra-membrane Aβ oligomers and extra-membrane Aβ oligomers states...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298444/scf-fbxo17-e3-ligase-modulates-inflammation-by-regulating-proteasomal-degradation-of-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3%C3%AE-in-lung-epithelia
#14
Tomeka Suber, Jianxin Wei, Anastasia M Jacko, Ina Nikolli, Yutong Zhao, Jing Zhao, Rama K Mallampalli
Glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK3β) has diverse biological roles including effects on cellular differentiation, migration, and inflammation. GSK3β phosphorylates proteins to generate phosphodegrons necessary for recognition by Skp1/Cullin-1/F-box (SCF) E3 ubiquitin ligases leading to subsequent proteasomal degradation of these substrates. However, little is known regarding how GSK3β protein stability itself is regulated and how its stability may influence inflammation. Here we show that GSK3β is degraded by the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway in murine lung epithelial cells through lysine 183 as an acceptor site for K48 polyubiquitination...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268127/spectrophotometric-method-for-the-quantitative-assay-of-n-hydroxysulfosuccinimide-esters-including-extinction-coefficients-and-reaction-kinetics
#15
Rivo Presentini
A quantitative spectrophotometric method has been developed for the analysis of N-hydroxysulfosuccinimide (sulfo-NHS), a chromophore with a maximum absorbance at 268 nm. The extinction coefficients were determined between pH 6.0 and 8.0 and found to vary in a nonlinear manner. This spectrophotometric profile is not present in its esters which however release an equimolar amount of sulfo-NHS when they react with nucleophilic groups or hydrolyze in aqueous solution. This fact facilitates the determination in solution of the concentration and purity of bis(sulfosuccinimidyl) suberate (BS3) used as a model, as well as the examination of hydrolysis and aminolysis half-lives in different reaction conditions, these parameters being valuable in optimization of the use of the active esters...
May 15, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238658/role-of-lotr1-in-nutrient-transport-through-organization-of-spatial-distribution-of-root-endodermal-barriers
#16
Baohai Li, Takehiro Kamiya, Lothar Kalmbach, Mutsumi Yamagami, Katsushi Yamaguchi, Shuji Shigenobu, Shinichiro Sawa, John M C Danku, David E Salt, Niko Geldner, Toru Fujiwara
The formation of Casparian strips and suberin lamellae at the endodermis limits the free diffusion of nutrients and harmful substances via the apoplastic space between the soil solution and the stele in roots [1-3]. Casparian strips are ring-like lignin polymers deposited in the middle of anticlinal cell walls between endodermal cells and fill the gap between them [4-6]. Suberin lamellae are glycerolipid polymers covering the endodermal cells and likely function as a barrier to limit transmembrane movement of apoplastic solutes into the endodermal cells [7, 8]...
March 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164319/root-cortical-senescence-decreases-root-respiration-nutrient-content-and-radial-water-and-nutrient-transport-in-barley
#17
Hannah M Schneider, Tobias Wojciechowski, Johannes A Postma, Kathleen M Brown, Andreas Lücke, Viktoria Zeisler, Lukas Schreiber, Jonathan P Lynch
The functional implications of root cortical senescence (RCS) are poorly understood. We tested the hypotheses that RCS in barley (1) reduces the respiration and nutrient content of root tissue; (2) decreases radial water and nutrient transport; and (3) is accompanied by increased suberization to protect the stele. Genetic variation for RCS exists between modern germplasm and landraces. Nitrogen and phosphorus deficiency increased the rate of RCS. Maximal RCS, defined as the disappearance of the entire root cortex, reduced root nitrogen content by 66%, phosphorus content by 63% and respiration by 87% compared with root segments with no RCS...
February 6, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149303/impact-of-leaf-traits-on-temporal-dynamics-of-transpired-oxygen-isotope-signatures-and-its-impact-on-atmospheric-vapor
#18
Maren Dubbert, Angelika Kübert, Christiane Werner
Oxygen isotope signatures of transpiration (δ E ) are powerful tracers of water movement from plant to global scale. However, a mechanistic understanding of how leaf morphological/physiological traits effect δ E is missing. A laser spectrometer was coupled to a leaf-level gas-exchange system to measure fluxes and isotopic signatures of plant transpiration under controlled conditions in seven distinct species (Fagus sylvatica, Pinus sylvestris, Acacia longifolia, Quercus suber, Coffea arabica, Plantago lanceolata, Oxalis triangularis)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133655/kinetics-mechanisms-and-ionic-liquids-in-the-uptake-of-n-butylamine-onto-low-molecular-weight-dicarboxylic-acids
#19
Michelle C Fairhurst, Michael J Ezell, Carla Kidd, Pascale S J Lakey, Manabu Shiraiwa, Barbara J Finlayson-Pitts
Atmospheric particles adversely affect visibility, health, and climate, yet the kinetics and mechanisms of particle formation and growth are poorly understood. Multiphase reactions between amines and dicarboxylic acids (diacids) have been suggested to contribute. In this study, the reactions of n-butylamine (BA) with solid C3-C8 diacids were studied at 296 ± 1 K using a Knudsen cell interfaced to a quadrupole mass spectrometer. Uptake coefficients for amines on the diacids with known geometric surface areas were measured at initial amine concentrations from (3-50) × 10(11) cm(-3)...
January 30, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065927/the-composite-water-and-solute-transport-of-barley-hordeum-vulgare-roots-effect-of-suberized-barriers
#20
Kosala Ranathunge, Yangmin X Kim, Friedrich Wassmann, Tino Kreszies, Viktoria Zeisler, Lukas Schreiber
Background and Aims: Roots have complex anatomical structures, and certain localized cell layers develop suberized apoplastic barriers. The size and tightness of these barriers depend on the growth conditions and on the age of the root. Such complex anatomical structures result in a composite water and solute transport in roots. Methods: Development of apoplastic barriers along barley seminal roots was detected using various staining methods, and the suberin amounts in the apical and basal zones were analysed using gas chromatography-mass spectometry (GC-MS)...
March 1, 2017: Annals of Botany
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