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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644550/biphasic-liquid-crystal-and-the-simultaneous-measurement-of-isotropic-and-anisotropic-parameters-by-spatially-resolved-nmr-spectroscopy
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Malin Reller, Svenja Wesp, Martin R M Koos, Michael Knut Reggelin, Burkhard Luy
Residual dipolar couplings and other anisotropic NMR parameters are powerful tools for molecular structure elucidation when conventional techniques do not suffice. With current liquid crystalline preparations, it is necessary to prepare two samples to extract isotropic and anisotropic data from spectra and to derive the residual dipolar couplings. Here, we present the preparation, measurement, and interpretation of a novel biphasic liquid crystalline phase where a single sample can be used to generate both isotropic and anisotropic data...
June 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642044/crossregulation-between-the-insertion-of-hexadecylphosphocholine-miltefosine-into-lipid-membranes-and-their-rheology-and-lateral-structure
#2
Yenisleidy de Las Mercedes Zulueta Díaz, María Laura Fanani
Hexadecylphosphocholine (HePC, miltefosine) is an alkylphospholipid used clinically for the topical treatment of cancer and against leishmaniasis. The mechanism of action of HePC, not yet elucidated, involves its insertion into the plasma membrane, affecting lipid homeostasis. It has also been proposed that HePC directly affects lipid raft stability and function in cell membranes. The present work deals with two main questions in the understanding of the action of HePC: the bases for membrane selectivity and as a membrane perturbator agent...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641428/liquid-liquid-phase-transition-in-an-ionic-model-of-silica
#3
Renjie Chen, Erik Lascaris, Jeremy C Palmer
Recent equation of state calculations [E. Lascaris, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 125701 (2016)] for an ionic model of silica suggest that it undergoes a density-driven, liquid-liquid phase transition (LLPT) similar to the controversial transition hypothesized to exist in deeply supercooled water. Here, we perform extensive free energy calculations to scrutinize the model's low-temperature phase behavior and confirm the existence of a first-order phase transition between two liquids with identical compositions but different densities...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641423/dynamics-magnetic-properties-and-electron-binding-energies-of-h2o2-in-water
#4
Benedito J C Cabral
Results for the magnetic properties and electron binding energies of H2O2 in liquid water are presented. The adopted methodology relies on the combination of Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics and electronic structure calculations. The Keal-Tozer functional was applied for predicting magnetic shieldings and H2O2 intramolecular spin-spin coupling constants. Electron binding energies were calculated with electron propagator theory. In water, H2O2 is a better proton donor than proton acceptor, and the present results indicate that this feature is important for understanding magnetic properties in solution...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640671/regulation-of-a-muralytic-enzyme-encoding-gene-by-two-non-coding-rnas
#5
Renée J St-Onge, Marie A Elliot
Non-coding regulatory RNAs fine-tune gene expression post-transcriptionally. In the streptomycetes, rpfA - encoding a muralytic enzyme required for establishing and exiting dormancy - is flanked by non-coding regulatory RNA elements both upstream (riboswitch) and downstream [antisense small RNA (sRNA)]. In Streptomyces coelicolor, the upstream riboswitch decreases rpfA transcript abundance in response to the second messenger cyclic di-AMP, itself involved in cell wall metabolism and dormancy. There is, however, no obvious expression platform associated with this riboswitch and consequently, its mechanism of action is entirely unknown...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638892/in-vivo-effect-of-guiding-herb-radix-platycodonis-and-radix-cyathulae-on-paeoniflorin-pharmacokinetics-of-xuefu-zhuyu-tang-in-rats
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Song-Qi Tang, Yun-Hui Chen, Xi-Ping Chen, Xiao-Dan Zhang, Wei Huang
BACKGROUND: Xuefu Zhuyu Tang (XFZYT), first recorded in Correction of Errors in Medical Works by Qing-ren Wang, has been proven reliable and effective for curing various diseases such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and angina pectoris. It consists of 11 herbs and two of them, Radix platycodonis and Radix cyathulae, have been traditionally considered as guiding herbs and deeply valued by tens of millions of Chinese medicine practitioners. Do Radix platycodonis and Radix cyathulae affect the pharmacokinetics of the effective constituent-paeoniflorin of XFZYT? If yes, in what way? This study aims to answer these questions...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636818/critical-temperature-of-1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-monolayers-and-its-possible-biological-relevance
#7
Jordi Hernandez Borrell, Oscar Domenech
Since transmembrane proteins (TMPs) can be obtained with sufficient purity for x-ray diffraction studies more frequently than decades ago, their mechanisms of action may now be elucidated. One of the pending issues is the actual interplay between transmembrane proteins and membrane lipids. There is strong evidence of the involvement of specific lipids with some membrane proteins, such as the potassium crystallographically sited activation channel (KcsA) of Streptomyces lividans and the secondary transporter of lactose LacY of Escherichia coli, the activities of which are associated with the presence of anionic phospholipids such as the phosphatidylglycerol (PG) and phosphatidyethanolamine (PE), respectively...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636208/a-phase-i-trial-of-prn1008-a-novel-reversible-covalent-inhibitor-of-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-in-healthy-volunteers
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Patrick F Smith, Janakan Krishnarajah, Philip A Nunn, Ron J Hill, Dane Karr, D Tam, Mohammad Masjedizadeh, Jens O Funk, Steve G Gourlay
AIM: To evaluate the safety, tolerability, and PK/PD of PRN1008, a novel BTK inhibitor, in healthy volunteers, and thus determine the dose range for future clinical studies. METHODS: This was a two-part randomized, placebo controlled study in healthy volunteers using a liquid formulation. Part I was a single ascending dose design with dose levels of 50 to 1200 mg (n=6 active, 2 placebo per cohort); Part II was a multiple ascending dose design, with dose regimens ranging from 300 mg to 900 mg daily, either qd or bd for 10 days...
June 21, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636046/lead-ii-soaps-crystal-structures-polymorphism-and-solid-and-liquid-mesophases
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F J Martínez-Casado, M Ramos-Riesco, J A Rodríguez-Cheda, M I Redondo-Yélamos, L Garrido, A Fernández-Martínez, J García-Barriocanal, I da Silva, M Durán-Olivencia, A Poulain
The long-chain members of the lead(ii) alkanoate series or soaps, from octanoate to octadecanoate, have been thoroughly characterized by means of XRD, PDF analysis, DSC, FTIR, ssNMR and other techniques, in all their phases and mesophases. The crystal structures at room temperature of all of the members of the series are now solved, showing the existence of two polymorphic forms in the room temperature crystal phase, different to short and long-chain members. Only nonanoate and decanoate present both forms, and this polymorphism is proven to be monotropic...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634761/unveiling-the-compositional-variety-of-cardiolipins-in-rhodobacter-sphaeroides-by-liquid-chromatography-with-electrospray-ionization-and-multistage-collision-induced-dissociation-mass-spectrometry
#10
Sara Granafei, Ilario Losito, Massimo Trotta, Angela Agostiano, Francesco Palmisano, Tommaso R I Cataldi
Cardiolipins (CL) contained in the lipid extracts of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides (strain R26) were systematically characterized by reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, performed in single (MS), tandem (MS/MS) and sequential (MS(3)) modes using a linear ion trap mass spectrometer. The total number of carbon atoms and C=C bonds of each CL and, subsequently, those related to each of the constituting phosphatidic acid (PA) units, along with the location of the latter on the central glycerol backbone, were inferred from MS and MS/MS data, respectively...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634756/a-high-throughput-targeted-and-non-targeted-method-for-the-analysis-of-microcystins-and-anatoxin-a-using-on-line-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-to-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
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Xavier Ortiz, Eva Korenkova, Karl J Jobst, Karen A MacPherson, Eric J Reiner
Microcystins are cyclic heptapeptide hepatotoxins produced by cyanobacteria in freshwater. Sample preparation for the analysis of these cyanotoxins in water from algal blooms can take up to several days due to the matrix complexity and the low detection limits required to comply with current legislation. Moreover, there is a large number of unknown microcystins that could potentially exist in the environment resulting from different amino acid substitutions into the microcystin skeletal structure. To tackle these problems, the present study involved the development of a high throughput method based on on-line solid phase extraction coupled to liquid chromatography that could provide quantitative results for 12 microcystin variants (LR, YR, RR, HtyR, HilR, WR, LW, LA, LF, LY, Dha(7)-LR, and Dha(7)-RR) and anatoxin-A in less than 3 h with detection limits between 0...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634315/-a-case-of-metastatic-brain-tumor-complicated-by-multiple-repeated-hemorrhages
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Kentaro Hayashi, Yukishige Hayashi, Yoshitaka Matsuo, Kiyoshi Shirakawa, Makio Kaminogo
Metastatic brain tumor occasionally results in multiple cerebral hemorrhages. Here, we report a case of metastatic brain tumor complicated by multiple repeated cerebral hemorrhages. An 80-year-old man with a history of removal of lung cancer was admitted to our hospital because of disturbed consciousness following headache. A brain CT revealed a mass lesion of 40-mm diameter in the left cerebellum and a mass lesion of 2-mm diameter in the right temporal lobe. The cerebellar mass lesion showed homogeneous iso-density, indicating a subacute phase hemorrhage...
June 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633930/phospholipase-a2-in-the-venom-of-three-cottonmouth-snake-species
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Ying Jia, Boris Ermolinsky, Aryana Garza, Daniele Provenzano
Two phospholipase A2s (PLA2s), Asp49 (D49) and Lys49 (K49), were purified by one-step reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) from the venom of each of the three subspecies of cottonmouth snake, Western cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma; Apl), Eastern cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus; App) and Florida cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti; Apc). Venom protein profiles and PLA2s elution pattern of the three cottonmouth snakes were remarkably similar displaying four similar sharp and two wide peaks; in all cases K49 PLA2 eluted first followed by D49 PLA2...
June 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633617/simultaneous-determination-of-primary-and-secondary-d-and-l-amino-acids-by-reversed-phase-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-using-pre-column-derivatization-with-two-step-labelling-method
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Takehiko Yokoyama, Masaharu Tokuda, Masafumi Amano, Koji Mikami
This work describes a method for the simultaneous determination of primary d- and l-amino acids and secondary amino acids such as d- and l-proline. In order to remove interferences in the simultaneous determination of primary and secondary amines, the primary amines were derivatized with o-phthalaldehyde/N-acetyl-l-cysteine (OPA/NAC) and subsequently with 1-(9-fluorenyl)ethyl chloroformate (FLEC) for secondary amines, in a pre-column separation derivatization technique. These fluorescent diastereomers of the amino acids were obtained within 3 min at room temperature and determined simultaneously by changing wavelengths during analysis in a single eluting run in the high-performance liquid chromatography column...
June 21, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633082/role-of-indigenous-microbiota-from-heavily-contaminated-sediments-in-the-bioprecipitation-of-arsenic
#15
Erika E Rios-Valenciana, Roberto Briones-Gallardo, Luis F Cházaro-Ruiz, Nadia Martínez-Villegas, Lourdes B Celis
High arsenic concentrations have been detected in alluvial aquifers of arid and semi-arid zones in Mexico. This work describes the potential of microbial arsenate reduction of the indigenous community present in sediments from an arsenic contaminated aquifer. Microcosms assays were conducted to evaluate arsenate and sulfate-reducing activities of the native microbiota. Two different sediments were used as inoculum in the assays amended with lactate (10mM) as electron donor and with sulfate and arsenate (10mM each) as electron acceptors...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631801/morphology-of-elastic-nematic-liquid-crystal-membranes
#16
Pardis Rofouie, Damiano Pasini, Alejandro D Rey
Liquid crystalline phases found in many biological materials, such as actin, DNA, cellulose, and collagen can be responsible for the deformation of cell membranes. In this paper, cell membrane deformation is investigated through the coupling between liquid crystal anisotropy and membrane bending elasticity. The generalized shape equation for anisotropic interfaces, which resort to the Cahn-Hoffman capillarity vector, the Rapini-Papoular anchoring energy, and the Helfrich elastic energy, is applied to gain insight into the deformation of closed liquid crystal membranes...
June 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630668/competition-brings-out-the-best-modelling-the-frustration-between-curvature-energy-and-chain-stretching-energy-of-lyotropic-liquid-crystals-in-bicontinuous-cubic-phases
#17
Hao Chen, Chenyu Jin
It is commonly considered that the frustration between the curvature energy and the chain stretching energy plays an important role in the formation of lyotropic liquid crystals in bicontinuous cubic phases. Theoretic and numeric calculations were performed for two extreme cases: parallel surfaces eliminate the variance of the chain length; constant mean curvature surfaces eliminate the variance of the mean curvature. We have implemented a model with Brakke's Surface Evolver which allows a competition between the two variances...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629719/alpha-ketoglutarate-nanoparticles-a-potentially-effective-treatment-for-cyanide-poisoning
#18
Shaheen Sultana, Sushma Talegaonkar, Dhruv Kumar Nishad, Gaurav Mittal, F J Ahmad, Aseem Bhatnagar
The purpose of this research work was to prepare nanosized formulation of alpha ketoglutarate as dry powder inhaler for cyanide poisoning. Nanosizing can be approached by solid phase and liquid phase method. The different conditions encountered in both these approaches can greatly affect the particle characteristics. In this study milling and precipitation technique were compared to study their effect on α-KG particles characteristics. Differences in choice of stabilizers were observed between the two processing techniques...
June 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628836/an-affinity-based-aqueous-two-phase-mixed-micellar-system-and-its-purification-of-yeast-3-5-bisphosphate-nucleotidase
#19
Yao Liu, Mei-Hao Sun, Shi-Kuan Shao, Gang Deng
Aqueous two-phase micellar system (ATPMS), as an alternative liquid-liquid extraction technique, has been extensively exploited for the precise separation or large-scale concentration of biomolecules. In this article, a novel affinity-based ATPMS composed of mixed micelles was constructed by introducing a Copper-chelated Triton X-114 (TX-Cu(II)) into an aqueous solution of hydrophobically modified ethylene oxide polymer (HM-EO). Phase diagram of the HM-EO/TX-Cu(II) system was measured, and the partitioning behavior of model proteins (YND, BSA, lysozyme) were studied by using this new system...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628747/laser-ablation-of-silver-in-liquid-organic-monomer-influence-of-experimental-parameters-on-the-synthesized-silver-nanoparticles-graphite-colloids
#20
Maxime Delmée, Gregory Mertz, Julien Bardon, Adeline Marguier, Lydie Ploux, Vincent Roucoules, David Ruch
During the last decade, synthesizing silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) by Liquid Phase-Pulsed Laser Ablation (LP-PLA) has attracted a lot of attention. Basically, this technique allows producing various metallic nanoparticles with controlled size, shape, composition or surroundings in several liquids (i.e.: water, ethanol, acetone, toluene,…). Recently, such processes have been studied in liquid organic monomer such as methyl methacrylate (MMA). However, the influence of the laser parameters on the materials synthesised in such reactive liquid and their features were not fully investigated so far...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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