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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319845/surface-transport-processes-in-charged-porous-media
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Jorge Gabitto, Costas Tsouris
Surface transport processes are very important in chemistry, colloidal sciences, engineering, biology, and geophysics. Natural or externally produced charges on surfaces create electrical double layers (EDLs) at the solid-liquid interface. The existence of the EDLs produces several complex processes including bulk and surface transport of ions. In this work, a model is presented to simulate bulk and transport processes in homogeneous porous media comprising big pores. It is based on a theory for capacitive charging by ideally polarizable porous electrodes without Faradaic reactions or specific adsorption of ions...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319779/supramolecular-biofunctional-materials
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REVIEW
Jie Zhou, Jie Li, Xuewen Du, Bing Xu
This review discusses supramolecular biofunctional materials, a novel class of biomaterials formed by small molecules that are held together via noncovalent interactions. The complexity of biology and relevant biomedical problems not only inspire, but also demand effective molecular design for functional materials. Supramolecular biofunctional materials offer (almost) unlimited possibilities and opportunities to address challenging biomedical problems. Rational molecular design of supramolecular biofunctional materials exploit powerful and versatile noncovalent interactions, which offer many advantages, such as responsiveness, reversibility, tunability, biomimicry, modularity, predictability, and, most importantly, adaptiveness...
March 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318093/synthesis-of-imidazo-1-2-a-pyridines-c-h-functionalization-in-the-direction-of-c-s-bond-formation
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REVIEW
Chitrakar Ravi, Subbarayappa Adimurthy
Imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines play an important role in medicinal chemistry. In spite of very drastic developments on syntheses and functionalization in this area, the use of inexpensive catalysts and mild reaction conditions constitutes an important role in pharmaceutical applications. This account describes our recent efforts on the development of new methods for the synthesis of imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines using readily available starting substrates and catalysts under very mild reaction conditions. In the direction of enhancement of biological activity, we also described the synthesis of functionalized imidazo [1,2-a]pyridine derivatives...
March 20, 2017: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317998/supramolecular-electrode-assemblies-for-bioelectrochemistry
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Theodoros Laftsoglou, Lars J C Jeuken
For more than three decades, the field of bioelectrochemistry has provided novel insights into the catalytic mechanisms of enzymes, the principles that govern biological electron transfer, and has elucidated the basic principles for bioelectrocatalytic systems. Progress in biochemistry, bionanotechnology, and our ever increasing ability to control the chemistry and structure of electrode surfaces has enabled the study of ever more complex systems with bioelectrochemistry. This feature article highlights developments over the last decade, where supramolecular approaches have been employed to develop electrode assemblies that increase enzyme loading on the electrode or create more biocompatible environments for membrane enzymes...
March 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317922/optical-imaging-of-localized-chemical-events-using-programmable-diamond-quantum-nanosensors
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Torsten Rendler, Jitka Neburkova, Ondrej Zemek, Jan Kotek, Andrea Zappe, Zhiqin Chu, Petr Cigler, Jörg Wrachtrup
Development of multifunctional nanoscale sensors working under physiological conditions enables monitoring of intracellular processes that are important for various biological and medical applications. By attaching paramagnetic gadolinium complexes to nanodiamonds (NDs) with nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centres through surface engineering, we developed a hybrid nanoscale sensor that can be adjusted to directly monitor physiological species through a proposed sensing scheme based on NV spin relaxometry. We adopt a single-step method to measure spin relaxation rates enabling time-dependent measurements on changes in pH or redox potential at a submicrometre-length scale in a microfluidic channel that mimics cellular environments...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303424/inherited-disorders-of-transition-metal-metabolism-an-update
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Peter T Clayton
Elements with a biological role include six trace transition metals: manganese, iron, cobalt, copper, zinc and molybdenum. Transition metals participate in group transfer reactions such as glycosylation and phosphorylation and those that can transfer an electron by alternating between two redox states such as iron (3+/2+) and copper (2+/1+) are also very important in biological redox reactions including the reduction of molecular oxygen and the transport of oxygen. However, these trace metals are also potentially toxic, generating reactive oxygen species through Fenton chemistry...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302960/development-of-chemical-and-chemo-enzymatic-glycosylations
#7
Shin-Ichiro Shoda
Glycosidic compounds are indispensable molecules in living systems. Biological phenomena such as cell wall formation, energy storage, and cell recognition strongly depend on the multi-functional characters of these substances. Development of highly regio- and stereoselective glycosylation reactions is necessary to provide sufficient amounts of specific compounds in basic research as well as for applications in industry. This review presents an overview of chemical and chemo-enzymatic glycosylations that have been developed during my forty-year academic career in the field of glyco-science...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302468/spectroscopic-electrochemical-and-molecular-docking-study-of-the-binding-interaction-of-a-small-molecule-5h-naptho-2-1-f-1-2-oxathieaphine-2-2-dioxide-with-calf-thymus-dna
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Abhijit Mukherjee, Shovan Mondal, Bula Singh
The interaction of 5H-naptho[2,1-f][1,2]oxathieaphine2,2-dioxide (NOTD) with calf thymus DNA in Tris-HCl buffer at physiological pH was investigated with the help of various spectroscopic and electrochemical methods along with molecular docking study. Studying the non-covalent binding interaction of a neutral fluorophore with ctDNA has become an active field of research at the interface between medicinal chemistry and biological science. NOTD is known for its various toxicological, skin sensitization, and antiviral properties...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301759/ice-surfaces
#9
Mary Jane Shultz
Ice is a fundamental solid with important environmental, biological, geological, and extraterrestrial impact. The stable form of ice at atmospheric pressure is hexagonal ice, Ih Despite its prevalence, Ih remains an enigmatic solid, in part due to challenges in preparing samples for fundamental studies. Surfaces of ice present even greater challenges. Recently developed methods for preparation of large single-crystal samples make it possible to reproducibly prepare any chosen face to address numerous fundamental questions...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301758/phospholipid-bilayers-stability-and-encapsulation-of-nanoparticles
#10
Elnaz Alipour, Duncan Halverson, Samantha McWhirter, Gilbert C Walker
Nanoparticles are widely studied for their potential medical uses in diagnostics and therapeutics. The interface between a nanoparticle and its target has been a focus of research, both to guide the nanoparticle and to prevent it from deactivating. Given nature's frequent use of phospholipid vesicles as carriers, much attention has been paid to phospholipids as a vehicle for drug delivery. The physical chemistry of bilayer formation and nanoparticle encapsulation is complex, touching on fundamental properties of hydrophobicity...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301754/bioanalytical-measurements-enabled-by-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-sers-probes
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Lauren E Jamieson, Steven M Asiala, Kirsten Gracie, Karen Faulds, Duncan Graham
Since its discovery in 1974, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has gained momentum as an important tool in analytical chemistry. SERS is used widely for analysis of biological samples, ranging from in vitro cell culture models, ex vivo tissue and blood samples, and direct in vivo application. New insights have been gained into biochemistry, with an emphasis on biomolecule detection, from small molecules such as glucose and amino acids to larger biomolecules such as DNA, proteins, and lipids. These measurements have increased our understanding of biological systems, and significantly, they have improved diagnostic capabilities...
February 23, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301749/sizing-up-protein-ligand-complexes-the-rise-of-structural-mass-spectrometry-approaches-in-the-pharmaceutical-sciences
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Joseph D Eschweiler, Richard Kerr, Jessica Rabuck-Gibbons, Brandon T Ruotolo
Capturing the dynamic interplay between proteins and their myriad interaction partners is critically important for advancing our understanding of almost every biochemical process and human disease. The importance of this general area has spawned many measurement methods capable of assaying such protein complexes, and the mass spectrometry-based structural biology methods described in this review form an important part of that analytical arsenal. Here, we survey the basic principles of such measurements, cover recent applications of the technology that have focused on protein-small-molecule complexes, and discuss the bright future awaiting this group of technologies...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301748/single-molecule-arrays-for-protein-and-nucleic-acid-analysis
#13
Limor Cohen, David R Walt
The last few years have seen breakthroughs that will transform our ability to measure important analytes. Miniaturization of reaction volumes and confinement of analytes of interest into ultrasmall containers have greatly enhanced the sensitivity and throughput of many detection methods. Fabrication of microwell arrays and implementation of bead-based assays have been instrumental in the development of methods for measuring relevant biomolecules, with applications to both diagnostics and fundamental biological studies...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301747/single-cell-transcriptional-analysis
#14
Angela R Wu, Jianbin Wang, Aaron M Streets, Yanyi Huang
Despite being a relatively recent technological development, single-cell transcriptional analysis through high-throughput sequencing has already been used in hundreds of fruitful studies to make exciting new biological discoveries that would otherwise be challenging or even impossible. Consequently, this has fueled a virtuous cycle of even greater interest in the field and compelled development of further improved technical methodologies and approaches. Thanks to the combined efforts of the research community, including the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, technology and instrumentation, data science, computational biology, and bioinformatics, the single-cell RNA-sequencing field is advancing at a pace that is both astounding and unprecedented...
March 16, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301745/applications-of-surface-second-harmonic-generation-in-biological-sensing
#15
Renee J Tran, Krystal L Sly, John C Conboy
Surface second harmonic generation (SHG) is a coherent, nonlinear optical technique that is well suited for investigations of biomolecular interactions at interfaces. SHG is surface specific due to the intrinsic symmetry constraints on the nonlinear process, providing a distinct analytical advantage over linear spectroscopic methods, such as fluorescence and UV-Visible absorbance spectroscopies. SHG has the ability to detect low concentrations of analytes, such as proteins, peptides, and small molecules, due to its high sensitivity, and the second harmonic response can be enhanced through the use of target molecules that are resonant with the incident (ω) and/or second harmonic (2ω) frequencies...
March 16, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301728/coupling-front-end-separations-ion-mobility-spectrometry-and-mass-spectrometry-for-enhanced-multidimensional-biological-and-environmental-analyses
#16
Xueyun Zheng, Roza Wojcik, Xing Zhang, Yehia M Ibrahim, Kristin E Burnum-Johnson, Daniel J Orton, Matthew E Monroe, Ronald J Moore, Richard D Smith, Erin S Baker
Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) is a widely used analytical technique for rapid molecular separations in the gas phase. Though IMS alone is useful, its coupling with mass spectrometry (MS) and front-end separations is extremely beneficial for increasing measurement sensitivity, peak capacity of complex mixtures, and the scope of molecular information available from biological and environmental sample analyses. In fact, multiple disease screening and environmental evaluations have illustrated that the IMS-based multidimensional separations extract information that cannot be acquired with each technique individually...
February 23, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299727/metal-fluorides-tools-for-structural-and-computational-analysis-of-phosphoryl-transfer-enzymes
#17
REVIEW
Yi Jin, Robert W Molt, G Michael Blackburn
The phosphoryl group, PO3(-), is the dynamic structural unit in the biological chemistry of phosphorus. Its transfer from a donor to an acceptor atom, with oxygen much more prevalent than nitrogen, carbon, or sulfur, is at the core of a great majority of enzyme-catalyzed reactions involving phosphate esters, anhydrides, amidates, and phosphorothioates. The serendipitous discovery that the phosphoryl group could be labeled by "nuclear mutation," by substitution of PO3(-) by MgF3(-) or AlF4(-), has underpinned the application of metal fluoride (MF x ) complexes to mimic transition states for enzymatic phosphoryl transfer reactions, with sufficient stability for experimental analysis...
April 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299694/electrochemical-quartz-crystal-nanobalance-eqcn-based-biosensor-for-sensitive-detection-of-antibiotic-residues-in-milk
#18
Sunil Bhand, Geetesh K Mishra
An electrochemical quartz crystal nanobalance (EQCN), which provides real-time analysis of dynamic surface events, is a valuable tool for analyzing biomolecular interactions. EQCN biosensors are based on mass-sensitive measurements that can detect small mass changes caused by chemical binding to small piezoelectric crystals. Among the various biosensors, the piezoelectric biosensor is considered one of the most sensitive analytical techniques, capable of detecting antigens at picogram levels. EQCN is an effective monitoring technique for regulation of the antibiotics below the maximum residual limit (MRL)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297997/quantum-information-processing-in-the-radical-pair-mechanism-haberkorn-s-theory-violates-the-ozawa-entropy-bound
#19
K Mouloudakis, I K Kominis
Radical-ion-pair reactions, central for understanding the avian magnetic compass and spin transport in photosynthetic reaction centers, were recently shown to be a fruitful paradigm of the new synthesis of quantum information science with biological processes. We show here that the master equation so far constituting the theoretical foundation of spin chemistry violates fundamental bounds for the entropy of quantum systems, in particular the Ozawa bound. In contrast, a recently developed theory based on quantum measurements, quantum coherence measures, and quantum retrodiction, thus exemplifying the paradigm of quantum biology, satisfies the Ozawa bound as well as the Lanford-Robinson bound on information extraction...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297134/recent-advances-in-boron-substituted-1-3-dienes-chemistry-synthesis-and-application
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REVIEW
Jadwiga Pyziak, Jędrzej Walkowiak, Bogdan Marciniec
In the syntheses developed to access naturally occurring compounds, especially bioactive substances, boron-functionalized dienes (also "linchpin" reagents) are used as key reagents. Structurally unique dienes are found in nature, and play important biological and chemical roles. Recently, linchpin moieties have been proved as useful substrates for a variety of highly functionalized chemical transformations. The products of these processes are potentially of some use for the syntheses of an important class of natural products showing a wide range of biological activities...
March 13, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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