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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805213/oxalate-assisted-formation-of-uniform-carbon-confined-sno2-nanotubes-with-enhanced-lithium-storage
#1
Chunhua Han, Baoxuan Zhang, Kangning Zhao, Jiashen Meng, Qiu He, Pan He, Wei Yang, Qi Li, Liqiang Mai
SnO2 nanotubes are synthesized via an oxalate-assisted "redox etching and precipitating" route between MnOOH nanowires and Sn(2+) ions. The addition of oxalate is found to be crucial to guide the formation of uniform SnO2 nanotubes. To further improve the conductivity and stability, the as-obtained SnO2 nanotubes are coated with a thin carbon layer. The resulting carbon-confined SnO2 nanotubes possess superior rate performance as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries.
August 14, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803982/specific-inhibition-of-xenorhabdus-hominickii-an-entomopathogenic-bacterium-against-different-types-of-host-insect-phospholipase-a2
#2
Md Sadekuzzaman, Yonggyun Kim
Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) hydrolyzes ester bond of phospholipids at the sn-2 position to release free fatty acid and lysophospholipids. Some PLA2s preferentially release arachidonic acid which is subsequently oxygenated into eicosanoids to mediate immune responses in insects. Xenorhabdus hominickii is an entomopathogenic bacterium that can suppress insect immunity by inhibiting PLA2 activity. However, little is known about target PLA2 types inhibited by X. hominickii. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine PLA2 types in the host insect, Spodoptera exigua using specific inhibitors...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803123/highly-selective-on-off-fluorescence-recognition-of-fe-3-based-on-a-coumarin-derivative-and-its-application-in-live-cell-imaging
#3
Sona Warrier, Prashant S Kharkar
A novel coumarin chemosensor, 7-hydroxy-2-oxo-N-(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)chromene-3-carboxamide (Probe 1), demonstrated significant selectivity towards Fe(3+) ions. Probe 1 exhibited high fluorescence emission profile at 447nm, excellent selectivity towards Fe(3+) over other biologically important metal ions (Al(3+), Ba(2+), Co(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+), Hg(2+), Pb(2+) and Sn(2+)). Interestingly, there was ~30-fold decrease in fluorescence intensity upon Fe(3+) binding. The limit of detection of Fe(3+) was found to be 0...
August 1, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800446/synthesis-of-a-hierarchical-sns2-nanostructure-for-efficient-adsorption-of-rhodamine-b-dye
#4
Shuyu Wang, Bin Yang, Yuping Liu
Using Sn(2+) instead of Sn(4+) as Sn source, H2O2 as oxidizer, and l-cysteine as sulphur source and structure-directing agent, hierarchical SnS2 nanostructure built with the thickness of 10nm nanosheets was successfully synthesized by a green hydrothermal process. The morphology and structure of the products were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) and Elemental mapping, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750656/oligomeric-amyloid-beta-induces-mapk-mediated-activation-of-brain-cytosolic-and-calcium-independent-phospholipase-a2-in-a-spatial-specific-manner
#5
Juan Pablo Palavicini, Chunyan Wang, Linyuan Chen, Kristen Hosang, Jianing Wang, Takami Tomiyama, Hiroshi Mori, Xianlin Han
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is histopathologically characterized by the build-up of fibrillar amyloid beta (Aβ) in the form of amyloid plaques and the development of intraneuronal neurofibrillary tangles consisting of aggregated hyperphosphorylated Tau. Although amyloid fibrils were originally considered responsible for AD pathogenesis, recent convincing evidence strongly implicates soluble oligomeric Aβ as the primary neurotoxic species driving disease progression. A third largely ignored pathological hallmark, originally described by Alois Alzheimer, is the presence of "adipose inclusions", suggestive of aberrant lipid metabolism...
July 27, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738613/a-selective-distance-based-paper-analytical-device-for-copper-ii-determination-using-a-porphyrin-derivative
#6
Rimadani Pratiwi, Michael P Nguyen, Slamet Ibrahim, Naoki Yoshioka, Charles S Henry, Daryono H Tjahjono
Meso-tetrakis(1,2-dimethylpyrazolium-4-yl)porphyrin sulfonate (TDMPzP), a water-soluble porphyrin derivative, was synthesized and used as a colorimetric reagent for Cu(2+) detection on a microfluidic paper-based analytical device (µPAD) using distance-based quantification. TDMPzP showed a high selectivity for Cu(2+) detection in aqueous solutions. When Cu(2+) was added to the TDMPzP under acidic conditions, a color change from green to a pink was observed by the naked eye. Under optimized conditions, the application of this system to a distance-based μPAD exhibited good analytical response...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733969/tailoring-ion-charge-state-distribution-in-tetramethyltin-clusters-under-influence-of-moderate-intensity-picosecond-laser-pulse-role-of-laser-wavelength-and-rate-of-energy-deposition
#7
Pramod Sharma, Soumitra Das, Rajesh K Vatsa
Systematic manipulation of ionic-outcome in laser-cluster interaction process has been realized for studies carried out on tetramethyltin (TMT) clusters under picosecond laser conditions, determined by choice of laser wavelength and intensity. As a function of laser intensity, TMT clusters exhibit gradual enhancement in overall ionization of its cluster constituents, up to a saturation level of ionization, which was distinct for different wavelengths (266, 355, and 532 nm). Simultaneously, systematic appearance of higher multiply charged atomic ions and shift in relative abundance of multiply charged atomic ions towards higher charge state was observed, using time-of-flight mass spectrometer...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732510/protective-and-therapeutic-role-of-2-carba-cyclic-phosphatidic-acid-in-demyelinating-disease
#8
Shinji Yamamoto, Kota Yamashina, Masaki Ishikawa, Mari Gotoh, Sosuke Yagishita, Kensuke Iwasa, Kei Maruyama, Kimiko Murakami-Murofushi, Keisuke Yoshikawa
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis is a neuroinflammatory demyelinating and neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system characterized by recurrent and progressive demyelination/remyelination cycles, neuroinflammation, oligodendrocyte loss, demyelination, and axonal degeneration. Cyclic phosphatidic acid (cPA) is a natural phospholipid mediator with a unique cyclic phosphate ring structure at the sn-2 and sn-3 positions of the glycerol backbone. We reported earlier that cPA elicits a neurotrophin-like action and protects hippocampal neurons from ischemia-induced delayed neuronal death...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718808/beta-palmitate-improves-bone-length-and-quality-during-catch-up-growth-in-young-rats
#9
Meytal Bar-Maisels, Yankel Gabet, Raanan Shamir, Sahar Hiram-Bab, Metsada Pasmanik-Chor, Moshe Phillip, Fabiana Bar-Yoseph, Galia Gat-Yablonski
Palmitic acid (PA) is the most abundant saturated fatty acid in human milk, where it is heavily concentrated in the sn-2-position (termed beta palmitate, BPA) and as such is conserved in all women, regardless of their diet or ethnicity, indicating its physiological and metabolic importance. We hypothesized that BPA improves the efficiency of nutrition-induced catch up growth as compared to sn-1,3 PA, which is present in vegetable oil. Pre-pubertal male rats were subjected to a 17 days food restriction followed by re-feeding for nine days with 1,3 PA or BPA-containing diets...
July 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718792/recombinant-lipase-from-gibberella-zeae-exhibits-broad-substrate-specificity-a-comparative-study-on-emulsified-and-monomolecular-substrate
#10
Fanghua Wang, Hui Zhang, Zexin Zhao, Ruixia Wei, Bo Yang, Yonghua Wang
Using the classical emulsified system and the monomolecular film technique, the substrate specificity of recombinant Gibberella zeae lipase (rGZEL) that originates from Gibberella zeae was characterized in detail. Under the emulsified reaction system, both phospholipase and glycolipid hydrolytic activities were observed, except for the predominant lipase activity. The optimum conditions for different activity exhibition were also determined. Compared with its lipase activity, a little higher ratio of glycolipid hydrolytic activity (0...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715635/redox-potentials-from-ab-initio-molecular-dynamics-and-explicit-entropy-calculations-application-to-transition-metals-in-aqueous-solution
#11
Miguel A Caro, Olga Lopez-Acevedo, Tomi Laurila
We present a complete methodology to consistently estimate redox potentials strictly from first-principles, without any experimental input. The methodology is based on (i) ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, (ii) all-atom explicit solvation, (iii) the two-phase thermodynamic (2PT) model, and (iv) the use of electrostatic potentials as references for the absolute electrochemical scale. We apply the approach presented to compute reduction potentials of the following redox couples: Cr(2+/3+), V(2+/3+), Ru(NH3)6(2+/3+), Sn(2+/4+), Cu(1+/2+), FcMeOH(0/1+), and Fe(2+/3+) (in aqueous solution) and Fc(0/1+) (in acetonitrile)...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694845/a-type-i-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-modulates-triacylglycerol-biosynthesis-and-fatty-acid-composition-in-the-oleaginous-microalga-nannochloropsis-oceanica
#12
Hehong Wei, Ying Shi, Xiaonian Ma, Yufang Pan, Hanhua Hu, Yantao Li, Ming Luo, Henri Gerken, Jin Liu
BACKGROUND: Photosynthetic oleaginous microalgae are considered promising feedstocks for biofuels. The marine microalga, Nannochloropsis oceanica, has been attracting ever-increasing interest because of its fast growth, high triacylglycerol (TAG) content, and available genome sequence and genetic tools. Diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) catalyzes the last and committed step of TAG biosynthesis in the acyl-CoA-dependent pathway. Previous studies have identified 13 putative DGAT-encoding genes in the genome of N...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688328/synthesis-of-1-3-dioleoyl-2-arachidonoylglycerol-rich-structured-lipids-by-lipase-catalyzed-acidolysis-of-microbial-oil-from-mortierella-alpina
#13
Sherif M Abed, Xiaoqiang Zou, Abdelmoneim H Ali, Qingzhe Jin, Xingguo Wang
Microbial oils (MOs) have gained widespread attention due to their functional lipids and health promoting properties. In this study, 1,3-dioleoyl-2-arachidonoylglycerol-rich structured lipids (SLs) were produced from MO and oleic acid (OA) via solvent-free acidolysis catalyzed by Lipozyme RM IM. Under the optimal conditions, the content of unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs) increased from 60.63 to 84.00%, while the saturated fatty acids (SFAs) content decreased from 39.37 to 16.00% at sn-1,3 positions in SLs. Compared with MO, arachidonic acid (ARA) content at the sn-2 position of SLs accounted for 49...
June 19, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684067/roe-derived-phospholipid-administration-enhances-lymphatic-docosahexaenoic-acid-containing-phospholipid-absorption-in-unanesthetized-rats
#14
Kaeko Murota, Mika Takagi, Yomi Watanabe, Akira Tokumura, Takeshi Ohkubo
Plasma n-3 fatty acids are important as the supplying pool of n-3 fatty acids to various tissues including the brain, although the relationship between dietary n-3 fatty acids and their molecular species in the plasma are not fully clarified. We investigated the intestinal absorption of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) derived from fish roe phospholipid (Roe-PL) and compared it with fish oil triacylglycerol and free DHA using unanesthetized lymph-cannulated rats. The DHA absorption from intraduodenally administered three samples were not significantly different, whereas Roe-PL administration resulted in a significantly higher level of DHA in the phospholipid fraction than the other two samples administrations...
June 28, 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669075/origin-and-evolution-of-group-xi-secretory-phospholipase-a2-from-flax-linum-usitatissimum-based-on-phylogenetic-analysis-of-conserved-domains
#15
Payal Gupta, Raman Saini, Prasanta K Dash
Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) belongs to class of lipolytic enzymes (EC 3.1.1.4). Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and free fatty acids (FFAs) are the products of PLA2 catalyzed hydrolysis of phosphoglycerides at sn-2 position. LPA and FFA that act as second mediators involved in the development and maturation of plants and animals. Mining of flax genome identified two phospholipase A2 encoding genes, viz., LusPLA 2 I and LusPLA 2 II (Linum usitatissimum secretory phospholipase A2). Molecular simulation of LusPLA2s with already characterized plant sPLA2s revealed the presence of conserved motifs and signature domains necessary to classify them as secretory phospholipase A2...
July 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651696/importance-of-the-regiospecific-distribution-of-long-chain-saturated-fatty-acids-on-gut-comfort-fat-and-calcium-absorption-in-infants
#16
REVIEW
Valérie Petit, Laurence Sandoz, Clara L Garcia-Rodenas
Gastrointestinal tolerance and fat and calcium (Ca) absorption are different between breast-fed (BF) and formula-fed (FF) infants. Certain components and/or structural particularities in human milk (HM), can contribute to favorable outcomes in BF infants. In HM, the long-chain saturated fatty acid (LCSFA) palmitic acid has a different stereospecific distribution (sn-2 position) compared to most infant formula (IF) (primarily sn-1, 3 positions), which may contribute to unfavorable outcomes. Evidence suggests palmitic acid is important in the formation of stool FA-mineral (or FA-Ca) soaps, associated with harder stools in FF infants...
June 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643349/a-qm-mm-study-of-the-catalytic-mechanism-of-sam-methyltransferase-rlmn-from-escherichia-coli
#17
Chenxiao Zhao, Lihua Dong, Yongjun Liu
RlmN is a radical S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) enzyme that catalyzes the C2 methylation of adenosine 2503 (A2503) in 23S rRNA and adenosine 37 (A37) in several Escherichia coli transfer RNAs (tRNA). The catalytic reaction of RlmN is distinctly different from that of typical SAM-dependent methyltransferases that employs an SN 2 mechanism, but follows a ping-pong mechanism which involves the intermediate methylation of a conserved cysteine residue. Recently, the x-ray structure of a key intermediate in the RlmN reaction has been reported, allowing us to perform combined quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations to delineate the reaction details of RlmN at atomic level...
June 23, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633829/different-valence-sn-doping-a-simple-way-to-detect-oxygen-concentration-variation-of-zno-quantum-dots-synthesized-under-ultrasonic-irradiation
#18
Weimin Yang, Bing Zhang, Qitu Zhang, Lixi Wang, Bo Song, Fan Wu, C P Wong
An ultrasonic method is employed to synthesize the Sn doped Zn0.95Sn0.05O quantum dots with green light emission. Sn(2+) and Sn(4+) ions are used to create different optical defects inside Zn0.95Sn0.05O quantum dots and the changing trend of oxygen concentration under different ultrasonic irradiation power are investigated. The photoluminescence spectra are employed to characterize the optical defects of Zn0.95Sn0.05O quantum dots. The UV-vis spectra are used to study the band gap of Zn0.95Sn0.05O quantum dots, which is influenced by their sizes...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627471/phospholipid-drug-conjugates-as-a-novel-oral-drug-targeting-approach-for-the-treatment-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#19
Arik Dahan, Milica Markovic, Svetlana Epstein, Noa Cohen, Ellen M Zimmermann, Aaron Aponick, Shimon Ben-Shabat
The enzyme phospholipase A2 (PLA2) is overexpressed in the inflamed intestine in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, and in this work we aimed to exploit PLA2 as a prodrug-activating enzyme for a novel PL-drug conjugate, thereby liberating the free drug specifically in the targeted diseased tissue(s). The proposed prodrug contains a drug moiety covalently bound through a linker to the sn-2 position of a phospholipid (PL). The NSAID diclofenac was used as model molecule, and four different linker lengths (2, 4, 6 and 8 -CH2 units) were studied...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621355/penta-and-hexaorganostannate-iv-complexes-based-on-o-heterocyclic-ligands
#20
Ireen Gebauer, Daniel Gräsing, Jörg Matysik, Stefan Zahn, Kornelia Zeckert
In the present study, the synthesis of homoleptic five- and six-coordinate heteroaryl tin(iv) compounds using two O-heterocyclic substituents, 2-furyl (2-fu) and 2-benzofuryl (2-fu(Bz)) ligands is described. The compounds were obtained as their lithium salts [Li2(OEt2)2Sn(2-fu)6] (1), [Li(tmeda)2][Sn(2-fu)5] (tmeda = N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine) (2) and [Li(thf)4][Sn(2-fu(Bz))5] (3), featuring both an intramolecular coordination of the counterions by the anionic hypercoordinate tin(iv) species found in 1 as well as solvent separated cation/anion pairs for compounds 2 and 3...
June 27, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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