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Mohammad T Mazhab-Jafari, Alexis Rohou, Carla Schmidt, Stephanie A Bueler, Samir Benlekbir, Carol V Robinson, John L Rubinstein
Vacuolar-type ATPases (V-ATPases) are ATP-powered proton pumps involved in processes such as endocytosis, lysosomal degradation, secondary transport, TOR signalling, and osteoclast and kidney function. ATP hydrolysis in the soluble catalytic V1 region drives proton translocation through the membrane-embedded VO region via rotation of a rotor subcomplex. Variability in the structure of the intact enzyme has prevented construction of an atomic model for the membrane-embedded motor of any rotary ATPase. We induced dissociation and auto-inhibition of the V1 and VO regions of the V-ATPase by starving the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, allowing us to obtain a ~3...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Lei Liang, Xue Yang, Yang Yu, Xiaoyong Li, Yechen Wu, Rongyu Shi, Jinghua Jiang, Lu Gao, Fei Ye, Qiudong Zhao, Rong Li, Lixin Wei, Zhipeng Han
Babao Dan (BBD), a traditional Chinese medicine, has been widely used as a complementary and alternative medicine to treat chronic liver diseases. In this study, we aimed to observe the protective effect of BBD on rat hepatic fibrosis induced by diethylnitrosamine (DEN) and explore it possible mechanism. BBD was administrated while DEN was given. After eight weeks, values of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) indicated that BBD significantly protected liver from damaging by DEN and had no obvious side effect on normal rat livers...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Varsha B Gujar, Divya Ottoor
Behavior of Amiloride (AMI) as a metal ion sensor in anionic surfactant assemblies of varying concentrations at different pH is depicted in this work. From a non-sensor fluorophore, AMI has been transformed in to a tunable fluorosensor for Cu(2+) ions in various SDS concentrations. At premicellar concentration of SDS, ion-pair complex is expected to be formed between AMI and SDS due to electrostatic interactions between them. However at CMC concentrations of SDS, fluorescence intensity of AMI is greatly enhanced with red shift in emission, due to the incorporation of AMI molecule in the hydrophobic micellar interface...
October 18, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Tianqi Liu, Xuejuan Wan, Yunsheng Dong, Weibin Li, Lisi Wu, Hang Pei, Youwei Yao
In this study, a facile water-soluble fluorescence sensor 2-((2-hydroxybenzylidene)-amino)-2-(hydroxymethyl)propane-1,3-diol (ST) was synthesized via one-step reaction, and its fluorescence sensing performance for Al(3+) both in aqueous solution and on paper substrate was evaluated. The results showed that ST exhibited an specific fluorescence "turn-on" response to Al(3+) over other cations in aqueous solution as well as on the test paper. The limit of detection was found to be 3.2×10(-7)M, which revealed that the obtained Schiff-base based fluorescence chemosensor ST possessed a great potential for the rapid, quantitative and qualitative detection of Al(3+)...
October 11, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Ming Guo, Xiaowang Lu, Yan Wang, Peter E Brodelius
The binding properties of pentacyclic triterpenoid isomeric drugs, i.e. ursolic acid (UA) and oleanolic acid (OA), to bovine lactoferrin (BLF) have been studied by molecule modeling, fluorescence spectroscopy, UV-visible absorbance spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy (IR). Molecular docking, performed to reveal the possible binding mode or mechanism, suggested that hydrophobic interaction and hydrogen bonding play important roles to stabilize the complex. The results of spectroscopic measurements showed that the two isomeric drugs both strongly quenched the intrinsic fluorescence of BLF through a static quenching procedure although some differences between UA and OA binding strength and non-radiation energy transfer occurred within the molecules...
October 18, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Umamahesh Balijapalli, Sathiskumar Udayadasan, Vivek Panyam Muralidharan, Dileep Kumar Sukumarapillai, Easwaramoorthi Shanmugam, Aravindan Paduthapillai Gopal, Ravindranath S Rathore, Sathiyanarayanan Kulathu Iyer
Three distinct, hydrogen bond associated N-(benzo[d]thiazol-2-yl) acetamides were synthesized by refluxing benzothiazoles with acetic acid. The nature of the assemblies was characteristic to the substituent in the benzothiazole moiety. In N-(benzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)acetamide, water acts as a bridge for forming three hydrogen bonds, as an acceptor to amide NH, and donors to carbonyl of amide and thiazole nitrogen assembles of three different N-(benzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)acetamide molecules. The N-(6-methylbenzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)acetamide formed a (amide) N-H…N (thiazole) bonded R(2)2(8) molecular dimers by two homo-intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions...
October 14, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Hongru Yang, Jian Tian, Yanyan Bo, Yanli Zhou, Xinzhen Wang, Hongzhi Cui
Novel In2O3 nanoparticle/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance were successfully prepared via a facile hydrothermal method. Well-dispersed In2O3 nanoparticles with small sizes are uniformly attached on the surface of TiO2 nanobelts to form In2O3 nanoparticle/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures. The TiO2 nanobelts as backbones restrict the aggregation of In2O3 nanoparticles, resulting in the formation of smaller In2O3 nanoparticles with more interaction sites for pollutants...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Sanna Björkegren, Lars Nordstierna, Anders Törncrona, Anders Palmqvist
Colloidal silica particles, functionalized with hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups, have been studied for utilization in particle-stabilized emulsions, so called Pickering emulsions. The amounts of attached groups have been characterized using NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. A range of particles were prepared, with sizes from around 13 to 70nm in diameter. Hydrophilic functionalization of the silica sols was achieved by attaching methyl poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG) silane to the silica particle surface...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Jing Liu, Dujuan Zhao, Wenxiu He, Huiyuan Zhang, Zhonghao Li, Yuxia Luan
The anti-leukemia effect of cytarabine (Ara-C) is severely restricted by its high hydrophilic properties and rapid plasma degradation. Herein, a novel amphiphilic small molecular prodrug of Ara-C was developed by coupling a short aliphatic chain, hexanoic acid (HA) to 4-NH2 of the parent drug. Based on the amphiphilic nature, the resulting bioconjugate (HA-Ara) could spontaneously self-assemble into stable spherical nanoassemblies (NAs) with an extremely high drug loading (∼71wt%). Moreover, folate receptor (FR)-targeting NAs with high grafting efficient folic acid - bovine serum albumin (FA-BSA) conjugate immobilized on the surface (NAs/FA-BSA) was prepared...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Ji-Yuan Liang, Jun-Yun Wu, Ming-Yeh Yang, Anren Hu, Liang-Yü Chen
Polyphenols are associated with a wide range of physiological properties. Catechin is a flavan-3-ol with five phenolic hydroxyl groups. After blue light illumination, the transparent solution of catechin became yellowish. The effects of visible light illumination (400-800nm) were investigated on molecular structures and antioxidant capacities of catechin. Under the neutral or alkaline aqueous with the illumination of blue light, the photolysis and polymerization of catechin were observed in this study. A chromogenic catechin dimer was separated and identified as a proanthocyanidin by the chromatographic technique and mass spectrometry...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Milad Asgarpour Khansary, Mostafa Mellat, Seyed Hassan Saadat, Mahdi Fasihi-Ramandi, Mehdi Kamali, Ramezan Ali Taheri
To analyze polymeric nanosorbents and nanofiltration/ultrafiltration membranes for hormone micropollutants removal from water effluents, here an in-through investigation on the suitability and compatibility of various polymers has been carried out. For this work, estradiol, estrone, testosterone, progesterone, estriol, mestranol, and ethinylestradiol were considered. A total number of 452 polymers were analyzed and initially screened using Hansen solubility parameters. The identified good pairs of hormones and polymers then were examined to obtain the equilibrium capacity of hormones removal from water effluents using a modified Flory-Huggins model...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Chi Ma, Fenghua Wang, Chang Zhang, Zhigang Yu, Jingjing Wei, Zhongzhu Yang, Yongqiu Li, Zihao Li, Mengying Zhu, Liuqing Shen, Guangming Zeng
The new nanophotocatalyst MgZnCr-TiO2 was prepared by co-precipitation under different molar ratio of metals (Zn:Cr) and the loaded amount of TiO2. And it was characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy et al. Langmuir model fitted well the adsorption isotherm with the value of R(2) 0.9765, the maximum adsorption capacity was 526.32 mg g(-1), the adsorption followed pseudo second order kinetic by MgZnCr-TiO2 (1:1:2-0.05). The photocatalytic oxidation of Congo red was used to determine the photocatalytic performance of MgZnCr-TiO2 (1:1:2-0...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Chenhao Gong, Gang Shen, Haiou Huang, Peiran He, Zhongguo Zhang, Baoqing Ma
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are an important class of water pollutants because of their known ecological and human toxicity. Electrocoagulation (EC) is a promising technology for mitigating industrial wastewater pollution, but the removal and transformation of PAHs during EC treatment has not yet been understood. Therefore, a paper-making wastewater effluent (PMWW) was employed in this study to investigate the relationship between PAHs' removal and transformation during EC treatment. The results show that 86% of PAHs were effectively removed not only by the electro-oxidation reactions, but also by adsorption onto Fe hydroxide flocs...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Jing Li, Aping Niu, Chun-Jiao Lu, Jing-Hui Zhang, Muhammad Junaid, Phyllis R Strauss, Ping Xiao, Xiao Wang, Yi-Wei Ren, De-Sheng Pei
Landfill leachate (LL) is harmful to aquatic environment because it contains high concentrations of dissolved organic matter, inorganic components, heavy metals, and other xenobiotics. Thus, the remediation of LL is crucial for environmental conservation. Here, a potential application of the forward osmosis (FO) filtration process with ammonium bicarbonate (NH4HCO3) as a draw solution (DS) was investigated to remediate membrane bioreactor-treated LL (M-LL). After the leachate treatment, the toxicity and removal efficiencies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were evaluated using zebrafish and cultured human cells...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Thomas Schmidt, Alan J Situ, Tobias S Ulmer
The solvation of membrane proteins by both lipids and water makes their membrane immersion difficult to predict and the choice of a membrane mimic challenging. To characterize protein-lipid contacts and bicelle membrane mimics, we examined protein-lipid cross-relaxation of integrin αIIb and β3(A711P) transmembrane helices in isotropic phospholipid bicelles (q=0.5 and 0.7). Long-chain bicelle lipids dominated contacts with central helix segments, whereas both short- and long-chain lipids contacted the terminal turns of each helix in corroboration of the mixed bicelle model...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Ingo Hoffmann, Miriam Simon, Anja Hörmann, Thorsten Gravert, Peggy Heunemann, Sarah E Rogers, Michael Gradzielski
Nanoemulsions are metastable emulsions with droplet sizes between 20 and 100 nm with a wide range of applications e.g. in polymerization, in pharmaceutical and cos- metic formulations and as drug delivery systems. Even though they are not in ther- modynamic equilibrium, they can be metastable over relatively long times and have the advantage that they can be formed easily by low energy input methods. In par- ticular, the phase inversion concentration method (PIC) allows to form nanoemulsions simply by diluting a suitable mixture of oil and surfactants with water...
October 24, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Sebastian T Soukup, Beate N Kohn, Erika Pfeiffer, Rolf Geisen, Manfred Metzler, Mirko Bunzel, Sabine E Kulling
The mycotoxins alternariol and alternariol-9-O-methyl ether have recently been reported to be extensively conjugated with glucose and malonyl glucose in tobacco suspension cells. However, only trace amounts of glucosylated conjugates were detected in tomatoes inoculated with Alternaria alternata in the present study. Instead, mostly sulfate conjugates were observed. In studies using cultures of A. alternata and incubations of alternariol and alternariol-9-O-methyl ether with tomato tissue in the absence of the fungus, it was clarified that sulfate conjugates were produced by the fungus, whereas tomato tissues converted alternariol and alternariol-9-O-methyl ether to glucosylated metabolites...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Clare F Megarity, Julian Esselborn, Suzannah V Hexter, Florian Wittkamp, Ulf-Peter Apfel, Thomas Happe, Fraser A Armstrong
Protein film electrochemistry (PFE) has been used to study the assembly of the complex 6Fe active site of [FeFe]-hydrogenases (known as the H-cluster) from its precursors the [4Fe 4S] domain that is already coordinated within the host and the 2Fe domain that is presented as a synthetic water-soluble complex stabilized by an additional CO. Not only does PFE allow control of redox states via the electrode potential, but the immobilized state of the enzyme facilitates control of extremely low concentrations of the 2Fe complex...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Xia Song, Yuting Wen, Jing-Ling Zhu, Feng Zhao, Zhongxing Zhang, Jun Li
Paclitaxel (PTX), a hydrophobic anticancer drug, is facing several clinical limitations such as low bioavailability and drug resistance. To solve the problems, a well-defined b-cyclodextrin-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) star polymer was synthesized and used as a nanocarrier to improve the water solubility and aim to thermoresponsive delivery of PTX to cancer cells. The star polymer was able to form supramolecular self-assembled inclusion complex with PTX via host-guest interaction at room temperature, which is below the low critical solution temperature (LCST) of the star polymer, significantly improving the solubilization of PTX...
October 24, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Keitaro Nakamoto, Masato Watanabe, Mitsuru Sada, Toshiya Inui, Masuo Nakamura, Kojiro Honda, Hiroo Wada, Yu Mikami, Hirotaka Matsuzaki, Masafumi Horie, Satoshi Noguchi, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Hikari Koyama, Toshiyuki Kogane, Tadashi Kohyama, Hajime Takizawa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Bronchial asthma (BA) is a chronic airway disease characterized by airway hyperresponsiveness and remodeling, which are intimately linked to chronic airway inflammation. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydrogen peroxide are generated by inflammatory cells that are involved in the pathogenesis of BA. However, the role of ROS in the management of BA patients is not yet clear. We attempted to determine the role of ROS as a biomarker in the clinical setting of BA...
2016: PloS One
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