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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734279/a-discrete-fourier-encoded-diagonal-free-experiment-to-simplify-homonuclear-2d-nmr-correlations
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Zebin Huang, Quanshuai Guan, Zhong Chen, Lucio Frydman, Yulan Lin
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has long served as an irreplaceable, versatile tool in physics, chemistry, biology, and materials sciences, owing to its ability to study molecular structure and dynamics in detail. In particular, the connectivity of chemical sites within molecules, and thereby molecular structure, becomes visible by multi-dimensional NMR. Homonuclear correlation experiments are a powerful tool for identifying coupled spins. Generally, diagonal peaks in these correlation spectra display the strongest intensities and do not offer any new information beyond the standard one-dimensional spectrum, whereas weaker, symmetrically placed cross peaks contain most of the coupling information...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731691/singlet-oxygen-photophysics-in-liquid-solvents-converging-on-a-unified-picture
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Mikkel Bregnhøj, Michael Westberg, Boris F Minaev, Peter R Ogilby
Singlet oxygen, O2(a(1)Δg), the lowest excited electronic state of molecular oxygen, is an omnipresent part of life on earth. It is readily formed through a variety of chemical and photochemical processes, and its unique reactions are important not just as a tool in chemical syntheses but also in processes that range from polymer degradation to signaling in biological cells. For these reasons, O2(a(1)Δg) has been the subject of intense activity in a broad distribution of scientific fields for the past ∼50 years...
July 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731690/the-metal-drives-the-chemistry-dual-functions-of-acireductone-dioxygenase
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Aditi R Deshpande, Thomas C Pochapsky, Dagmar Ringe
Acireductone dioxygenase (ARD) from the methionine salvage pathway (MSP) is a unique enzyme that exhibits dual chemistry determined solely by the identity of the divalent transition-metal ion (Fe(2+) or Ni(2+)) in the active site. The Fe(2+)-containing isozyme catalyzes the on-pathway reaction using substrates 1,2-dihydroxy-3-keto-5-methylthiopent-1-ene (acireductone) and dioxygen to generate formate and the ketoacid precursor of methionine, 2-keto-4-methylthiobutyrate, whereas the Ni(2+)-containing isozyme catalyzes an off-pathway shunt with the same substrates, generating methylthiopropionate, carbon monoxide, and formate...
July 21, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731304/complex-formation-of-lead-ii-with-nucleotides-and-their-constituents
#4
Astrid Sigel, Bert P Operschall, Helmut Sigel
Lead is widely distributed in the environment; it is known to mankind for thousands of years and its toxicity is nowadays (again) well recognized, though on the molecular level only partly understood. One of the reasons for this shortcoming is that the coordination chemistry of the biologically important lead(II) is complicated due to the various coordination numbers it can adopt (CN = 4 to 10) as well as by the 6s2 electron lone pair which, with CN = 4, can shield one side of the Pb2+ coordination sphere. The chapter focuses on the properties of Pb2+ complexes formed with nucleotides and their constituents and derivatives...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731303/lead-ii-binding-in-natural-and-artificial-proteins
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Virginia Cangelosi, Leela Ruckthong, Vincent L Pecoraro
This article describes recent attempts to understand the biological chemistry of lead using a synthetic biology approach. Lead binds to a variety of different biomolecules ranging from enzymes to regulatory and signaling proteins to bone matrix. We have focused on the interactions of this element in thiolate-rich sites that are found in metalloregulatory proteins such as Pbr, Znt, and CadC and in enzymes such as δ-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD). In these proteins, Pb(II) is often found as a homoleptic and hemidirectic Pb(II)(SR)3- complex...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731300/solid-state-structures-of-lead-complexes-with-relevance-for-biological-systems
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Katsuyuki Aoki, Kazutaka Murayama, Ning-Hai Hu
Structural information on the interaction between lead ion and its targeting biological substances is important not only for enriching coordination chemistry of lead but for successfully treating lead poisoning that is a present-day problem. This chapter provides structural data, mainly metal binding sites/modes, observed in crystal structures of lead complexes with biorelevant molecules, obtained from the Cambridge Structural Database (the CSD version 5.36 updated to May 2015) and the Protein Data Bank (PDB updated to February 2016)...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730213/magnetic-separation-its-application-in-mining-waste-purification-medicine-biochemistry-and-chemistry
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M Iranmanesh, J Hulliger
The use of strong magnetic field gradients and high magnetic fields generated by permanent magnets or superconducting coils has found applications in many fields such as mining, solid state chemistry, biochemistry and medical research. Lab scale or industrial implementations involve separation of macro- and nanoparticles, cells, proteins, and macromolecules down to small molecules and ions. Most promising are those attempts where the object to be separated is attached to a strong magnetic nanoparticle. Here, all kinds of specific affinity interactions are used to attach magnetic carrier particles to mainly objects of biological interest...
July 21, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729856/biological-significance-of-marine-actinobacteria-of-east-coast-of-andhra-pradesh-india
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Alapati Kavitha, Handanahal S Savithri
An attempt was made to identify actinobacterial strains present in the marine soil of East Coast regions viz., Chirala, Bapatla, and Peddaganjam, Andhra Pradesh; Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu and Goa, Goa along with the study of their antimicrobial potential. Eight out of 73 actinobacterial strains isolated from these regions showed strong antimicrobial activity against Gram positive bacteria, Gram negative bacteria, and Candida albicans. Molecular identification (16S rRNA analysis) of the eight strains revealed that they belong to Dietzia sp...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728822/a-microfluidic-approach-for-studying-piezo-channels
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M M Maneshi, P A Gottlieb, S Z Hua
Microfluidics is an interdisciplinary field intersecting many areas in engineering. Utilizing a combination of physics, chemistry, biology, and biotechnology, along with practical applications for designing devices that use low volumes of fluids to achieve high-throughput screening, is a major goal in microfluidics. Microfluidic approaches allow the study of cells growth and differentiation using a variety of conditions including control of fluid flow that generates shear stress. Recently, Piezo1 channels were shown to respond to fluid shear stress and are crucial for vascular development...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728754/copper-based-reactions-in-analyte-responsive-fluorescent-probes-for-biological-applications
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Ho Yu Au-Yeung, Chung Ying Chan, Ka Yan Tong, Zuo Hang Yu
Copper chemistry has been capitalized on in a wide spectrum of biological events. The central importance of copper in biology lies in the diverse chemical reactivity of the redox-active transition metal ranging from electron transfer, small molecule binding and activation, to catalysis. In addition to its many different roles in natural biological systems, the diverse chemical reactivity of copper also represents a rich opportunity and resource to develop synthetic bioanalytical tools for the study of biologically important species and molecules...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727218/altered-sediment-biota-and-lagoon-habitat-carbonate-dynamics-due-to-sea-cucumber-bioturbation-in-a-high-pco2-environment
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Kennedy Wolfe, Francisco Vidal-Ramirez, Sophie Dove, Dione Deaker, Maria Byrne
The effects of global change on biological systems and functioning are already measureable, but how ecological interactions are being altered is poorly understood. Ecosystem resilience is strengthened by ecological functionality, which depends on trophic interactions between key species and resilience generated through biogenic buffering. Climate-driven alterations to coral reef metabolism, structural complexity and biodiversity are well documented, but the feedbacks between ocean change and trophic interactions of non-coral invertebrates are understudied...
July 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724692/enhancing-studies-of-pharmacodynamic-mechanisms-via-measurements-of-metabolic-flux
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Natalie A Daurio, Sheng-Ping Wang, Ying Chen, Haihong Zhou, David G McLaren, Thomas P Roddy, Douglas G Johns, Denise Milot, Takhar Kasumov, Mark D Erion, David E Kelley, Stephen F Previs
Drug discovery and development efforts are largely based around a common expectation, namely, direct or indirect action on a cellular process (e.g. statin-mediated enzyme inhibition or insulin-stimulated receptor activation) will have a beneficial impact on physiological homeostasis. To expand on this, one could argue that virtually all pharmacological interventions attempt to influence the flow of traffic in a biochemical network, irrespective of disease or modality. Since stable isotope tracer kinetic methods provide a measure of traffic flow (i...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723229/the-formation-of-nucleobases-from-the-ultraviolet-photoirradiation-of-purine-in-simple-astrophysical-ice-analogues
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Christopher K Materese, Michel Nuevo, Scott A Sandford
Nucleobases are the informational subunits of RNA and DNA and are essential to all known forms of life. The nucleobases can be divided into two groups of molecules: the pyrimidine-based compounds that include uracil, cytosine, and thymine, and the purine-based compounds that include adenine and guanine. Previous work in our laboratory has demonstrated that uracil, cytosine, thymine, and other nonbiological, less common nucleobases can form abiotically from the UV photoirradiation of pyrimidine in simple astrophysical ice analogues containing combinations of H2O, NH3, and CH4...
July 19, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723063/using-cooperatively-folded-peptides-to-measure-interaction-energies-and-conformational-propensities
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Maziar S Ardejani, Evan T Powers, Jeffery W Kelly
The rates and equilibria of the folding of biopolymers are determined by the conformational preferences of the subunits that make up the sequence of the biopolymer and by the interactions that are formed in the folded state in aqueous solution. Because of the centrality of these processes to life, quantifying conformational propensities and interaction strengths is vitally important to understanding biology. In this Account, we describe our use of peptide model systems that fold cooperatively yet are small enough to be chemically synthesized to measure such quantities...
July 19, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722469/recent-advances-in-gossypol-derivatives-and-analogs-a-chemistry-and-biology-view
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Yuzhi Lu, Jun Li, Chun-E Dong, Jian Huang, Hai-Bing Zhou, Wei Wang
Gossypol as a natural occurring polyphenol has been studied in a wide range of therapeutic contexts for a long time. The chemical modifications on gossypol were limited due to the unique chemical properties of polyphenols. The design and synthesis of gossypol derivatives and the exploration of their biological activities are the interest of the synthetic chemists, medicinal chemists and pharmacologists. Thus, the progress of diverse gossypol derivatives and analogs' synthesis, biological activities, mechanism elucidation and drug discovery based on gossypol scaffold is summarized...
July 19, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722154/application-of-headspace-solid-phase-microextraction-followed-by-gas-chromatography-coupled-with-mass-spectrometry-spme-gc-ms-to-determine-esters-of-carboxylic-acids-and-other-volatile-compounds-in-d-maculatus-and-d-ater-lipids
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Magdalena Cerkowniak, Mieczysława I Boguś, Emilia Włóka, Piotr Stepnowski, Marek Gołębiowski
A constant problem in veterinary medicine, human healthcare, agriculture, forestry or horticulture is the large number of pests, and the lack of effective methods to combat them which cause no harm to the rest of the environment. It is recommended and desired to reduce the use of chemicals and increase the use of agents based on the knowledge acquired in the field of biology, chemistry, and agrochemicals. To learn the defense mechanisms of insects we should consider not only the site of their physiological ability to protect against external factors (cuticle), but also check the possibility of chemical protection, formed by all compounds on the surface and in the body of insects...
July 19, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722059/nanofluidics-in-two-dimensional-layered-materials-inspirations-from-nature
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REVIEW
Jun Gao, Yaping Feng, Wei Guo, Lei Jiang
With the advance of chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology, significant progress has been achieved in the design and application of synthetic nanofluidic devices and materials, mimicking the gating, rectifying, and adaptive functions of biological ion channels. Fundamental physics and chemistry behind these novel transport phenomena on the nanoscale have been explored in depth on single-pore platforms. However, toward real-world applications, one major challenge is to extrapolate these single-pore devices into macroscopic materials...
July 19, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721824/potential-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-hesperidin-from-the-genus-citrus
#18
Silvia Tejada, Samuel Pinya, Miquel Martorell, Xavier Capó, Josep A Tur, Antoni Pons, Antoni Sureda
The benefits of the Mediterranean diet for protecting against many diseases are usually attributed to high consumption of certain foods, characterized by the presence of bioactive substances such as polyphenols. Citrus fruits, which are cultivated and consumed worldwide, are typical products of the Mediterranean diet. Inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of numerous diseases such as arthritis, allergies and neurodegenerative disorders, among others. Dietary polyphenols constitute a large family of bioactive substances with potential beneficial effects against a broad group of diseases...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720681/the-eubivas-project-within-and-between-subject-biological-variation-data-for-serum-creatinine-using-enzymatic-and-alkaline-picrate-methods-and-implications-for-monitoring
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Anna Carobene, Irene Marino, Abdurrahman Coŝkun, Mustafa Serteser, Ibrahim Unsal, Elena Guerra, William A Bartlett, Sverre Sandberg, Aasne Karine Aarsand, Marit Sverresdotter Sylte, Thomas Røraas, Una Ørvim Sølvik, Pilar Fernandez-Calle, Jorge Díaz-Garzón, Francesca Tosato, Mario Plebani, Niels Jonker, Gerhard Barla, Ferruccio Ceriotti
BACKGROUND: The European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) European Biological Variation Study (EuBIVAS) has been established to deliver rigorously determined biological variation (BV) indices. EuBIVAS determined BV for serum creatinine using the enzymatic and alkaline picrate measurement methods. METHOD: In total, 91 healthy individuals (38 males, 53 females; age range, 21-69 years) were bled for 10 consecutive weeks at 6 European laboratories...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719102/plant-viral-and-bacteriophage-delivery-of-nucleic-acid-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Patricia Lam, Nicole F Steinmetz
Nucleic acid therapeutics have emerged as a powerful method for treatment of many diseases. However, the challenge lies in safe and efficient delivery of nucleic acids to their target site, as they need to cross various extracellular and intracellular barriers. Mammalian viruses have initially been favored for delivery of nucleic acid therapeutics, but safety concerns regarding their immunogenicity and potential of integration have fueled the search for alternative delivery strategies. For example, chemistry and bioengineering have led to advances in the use of nonviral vectors composed of lipids and other polymers; nevertheless, the synthetic systems often do not match the efficiency achieved using the biological systems...
July 18, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
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