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Biological Chemistry

Jesús Mosquera Mosquera, Malou Henriksen-Lacey, Isabel García, Miguel Martínez-Calvo, Jessica Rodriguez Villar, José L Mascareñas, Luis M Liz-Marzán
We describe an approach to regulate the cellular uptake of small gold nanoparticles using supramolecular chemistry. The strategy relies on the functionalization of AuNPs with negatively charged pyranines, which largely hamper their penetration in cells. Cellular uptake can be activated in situ through the addition of cationic covalent cages that specifically recognize the fluorescent pyranine dyes and counterbalance the negative charges. The high selectivity and reversibility of the host-guest recognition activates cellular uptake, even in protein-rich biological media, as well as its regulation by rational addition of either cage or pyranine...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Fanny Girard, Mathieu Peret, Natacha Dumont, Vasilica Badets, Sylvie Blanc, Kristaq Gazeli, Cédric Noël, Thierry Belmonte, Laurent Marlin, Jean-Pierre Cambus, Guillaume Simon, Neso Sojic, Bernard Held, Stéphane Arbault, Franck Clément
The understanding of plasma-liquid interactions is of major importance, not only in physical chemistry, chemical engineering and polymer science, but in biomedicine as well as to better control the biological processes induced on/in biological samples by Cold Atmospheric Plasmas (CAPs). Moreover, plasma-air interactions have to be particularly considered since these CAPs propagate in the ambient air. Herein, we developed a helium-based CAP setup equipped with a shielding-gas device, which allows the control of plasma-air interactions...
March 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Raghav R Poudyal, Fatma Pir Cakmak, Christine D Keating, Philip C Bevilacqua
This Perspective focuses on RNA in biological and nonbiological compartments resulting from liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), with an emphasis on origins of life. In extant cells, intracellular liquid condensates, many of which are rich in RNAs and intrinsically disordered proteins, provide spatial regulation of biomolecular interactions that can result in altered gene expression. Given the diversity of biogenic and abiogenic molecules that undergo LLPS, such membraneless compartments may have also played key roles in prebiotic chemistries relevant to the origins of life...
March 21, 2018: Biochemistry
Shilpa N Raja, Xingchen Ye, Matthew R Jones, Liwei Lin, Sanjay Govindjee, Robert O Ritchie
Nanoscale stress sensing is of crucial importance to biomechanics and other fields. An ideal stress sensor would have a large dynamic range to function in a variety of materials spanning orders of magnitude of local stresses. Here we show that tetrapod quantum dots (tQDs) exhibit excellent sensing versatility with stress-correlated signatures in a multitude of polymers. We further show that tQDs exhibit pressure coefficients, which increase with decreasing polymer stiffness, and vary >3 orders of magnitude...
March 20, 2018: Nature Communications
John Fitton, Alessandro Giollo, Maya H Buch
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common inflammatory joint disease with a myriad of systemic manifestations. Over the last 20 years its treatment has been revolutionised by the introduction of a number of different biologic drugs, including the TNF-receptor Fc fusion protein, Etanercept. However, these drugs are expensive and their widespread use puts a financial burden on healthcare systems. As many biologic treatments begin to come off patent new 'biosimilar' versions are being developed which can lead to significant cost savings...
April 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Thomas J Penfold, Etienne Gindensperger, Chantal Daniel, Christel M Marian
Intersystem crossing (ISC), formally forbidden within nonrelativistic quantum theory, is the mechanism by which a molecule changes its spin state. It plays an important role in the excited state decay dynamics of many molecular systems and not just those containing heavy elements. In the simplest case, ISC is driven by direct spin-orbit coupling between two states of different multiplicities. This coupling is usually assumed to remain unchanged by vibrational motion. It is also often presumed that spin-allowed radiationless transitions, i...
March 20, 2018: Chemical Reviews
Guillaume Le Saux, Avishay Edri, Yossi Keydar, Uzi Hadad, Angel Porgador, Mark Schvartzman
Studying of how different signaling pathways spatially integrate in cells requires selective manipulation and control of different transmembrane ligand-receptor pairs at the same time. This work explores a novel method for precisely arranging two arbitrarily chosen ligands on a micron-scale 2D pattern. The approach is based on lithographic patterning of Au and TiO2 films, followed by their selective functionalization with Ni-NTA/histidine and biotin/avidin chemistries, respectively. The selectivity of chemical and biological functionalizations is demonstrated by XPS and immunofluorescence imaging, respectively...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jie Dong, Zhi-Jiang Yao, Lin Zhang, Feijun Luo, Qinlu Lin, Ai-Ping Lu, Alex F Chen, Dong-Sheng Cao
BACKGROUND: With the increasing development of biotechnology and informatics technology, publicly available data in chemistry and biology are undergoing explosive growth. Such wealthy information in these data needs to be extracted and transformed to useful knowledge by various data mining methods. Considering the amazing rate at which data are accumulated in chemistry and biology fields, new tools that process and interpret large and complex interaction data are increasingly important...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Cheminformatics
Melissa M Galey, Laura M Sanchez
Microbial communities contribute to a wide variety of biological functions in hosts and have the ability to specifically influence the health of those organisms through production of specialized metabolites. However, the structures or molecular mechanisms related to health or disease in host-microbe interactions represent a knowledge gap. In order to close this gap, we propose that a combinatory approach, pulling from microbiology and analytical chemistry, be considered to investigate these interactions so as to gain a better understanding of the chemistry being produced...
March 2018: MSystems
Peter J Turnbaugh
Although the importance of human genetic polymorphisms in therapeutic outcomes is well established, the role of specific genotypic or copy number variants in our "second genome" (the microbiome) has been largely overlooked. In this Perspective, I will discuss three major barriers to integrating metagenomics into pharmacology, highlighting ongoing research by us and others that has begun to shed light on the mechanisms that link the human microbiome to the efficacy and toxicity of small-molecule and biological therapies...
March 2018: MSystems
L Li, A J Fijneman, J A Kaandorp, J Aizenberg, W L Noorduin
Controlling nucleation and growth is crucial in biological and artificial mineralization and self-assembly processes. The nucleation barrier is determined by the chemistry of the interfaces at which crystallization occurs and local supersaturation. Although chemically tailored substrates and lattice mismatches are routinely used to modify energy landscape at the substrate/nucleus interface and thereby steer heterogeneous nucleation, strategies to combine this with control over local supersaturations have remained virtually unexplored...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jason M Rohde, Kyle R Brimacombe, Li Liu, Michael E Pacold, Adam Yasgar, Dorian M Cheff, Tobie D Lee, Ganesha Rai, Bolormaa Baljinnyam, Zhuyin Li, Anton Simeonov, Matthew D Hall, Min Shen, David M Sabatini, Matthew B Boxer
Proliferating cells, including cancer cells, obtain serine both exogenously and via the metabolism of glucose. By catalyzing the first, rate-limiting step in the synthesis of serine from glucose, phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH) controls flux through the biosynthetic pathway for this important amino acid and represents a putative target in oncology. To discover inhibitors of PHGDH, a coupled biochemical assay was developed and optimized to enable high-throughput screening for inhibitors of human PHGDH...
February 27, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Ireen Vieweg, Eider Bilbao, James P Meador, Ibon Cancio, Morgan Lizabeth Bender, Miren P Cajaraville, Jasmine Nahrgang
Polar cod is an abundant Arctic key species, inhabiting an ecosystem that is subjected to rapid climate change and increased petroleum related activities. Few studies have investigated biological effects of crude oil on lipid metabolism in this species, despite lipids being a crucial compound for Arctic species to adapt to the high seasonality in food abundance in their habitat. This study examines the effects of dietary crude oil exposure on transcription levels of genes related to lipid metabolism (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors [ppar-α, ppar-γ], retinoic X receptor [rxr-β], palmitoyl-CoA oxidase [aox1], cytochrome P4507A1 [cyp7α1]), reproduction (vitellogenin [vtg-β], gonad aromatase [cyp19a1]) and biotransformation (cytochrome P4501A1 [cyp1a1], aryl hydrocarbon receptor [ahr2])...
March 16, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Shixiang Yao, Dominic Agyei, Chibuike C Udenigwe
Bioactive peptides have many structural features that enable them to become functional in controlling several biological processes in the body, especially those related to metabolic health. This chapter provides an overview of the multiple targets of food-derived peptides against metabolic health problems (e.g., hypertension, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia, oxidative stress) and discusses the importance of structural chemistry in determining the bioactivities of peptides and protein hydrolysates.
2018: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
Cameron L Bentley, Alan M Bond, Jie Zhang
Nonhaloaluminate ionic liquids (ILs) have received considerable attention as alternatives to molecular solvents in diverse applications spanning the fields of physical, chemical, and biological science. One important and often overlooked aspect of the implementation of these designer solvents is how the properties of the IL formulation affect (electro)chemical reactivity. This aspect is emphasized herein, where recent (voltammetric) studies on the energetics of proton (H+ ) transfer and electrode reaction mechanisms of the H+ H2 process in IL media are highlighted and discussed...
March 19, 2018: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
Zheng-Rong Lu, Peter Qiao
The treatment of malignancies has undergone dramatic changes in the past few decades. Advances in drug delivery techniques and nanotechnology have allowed for new formulations of old drugs, so as to improve the pharmacokinetics, to enhance accumulation in solid tumors, and to reduce the significant toxic effects of these important therapeutic agents. Here, we review the published clinical data in cancer therapy of several major drug delivery systems, including targeted radionuclide therapy, antibody drug conjugates, liposomes, polymer drug conjugates, polymer implants, micelles, and nanoparticles...
March 19, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Stefanie Klein, Marc Wegmann, Luitpold V R Distel, Winfried Neuhuber, Carola Kryschi
Silicon nanoparticles with sizes between were synthesized through wet-chemistry procedures using diverse phase transfer reagents. On the other hand, the preparation of iron-doped silicon nanoparticles was carried out using the precursor Na4 Si4 containing 5% Fe. Biocompatibility of all silicon nanoparticle samples was achieved by surface-stabilizing with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane. These surface structures provided positive surface charges which facilitated electrostatic binding to the negatively charged biological membranes...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Aritri Sanyal, Runa Antony, Gautami Samui, Meloth Thamban
Cryoconite holes (cylindrical melt-holes on the glacier surface) are important hydrological and biological systems within glacial environments that support diverse microbial communities and biogeochemical processes. This study describes retrievable heterotrophic microbes in cryoconite hole water from three geographically distinct sites in Antarctica, and a Himalayan glacier, along with their potential to degrade organic compounds found in these environments. Microcosm experiments (22 days) show that 13-60% of the dissolved organic carbon in the water within cryoconite holes is bio-available to resident microbes...
March 2018: Microbiological Research
Etienne Jambon-Puillet, Christophe Josserand, Suzie Protiere
Solid particles can modify the properties of liquid interfaces and are therefore widely used to coat drops, bubbles and stabilize emulsions and foams. Here we propose a new, easy and affordable method to produce millimetric to centimetric water-in-water capsules using solid particles. We prevent the coalescence of a water drop at an oil-water interface using a monolayer of large, dense and hydrophobic particles: a ``granular raft''. The capsule is then formed by a mechanical instability occurring when the interface collapses under the combined load of the floating drop and particle weight...
March 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
A V Belyaev, J L Dunster, J M Gibbins, M A Panteleev, V Volpert
Hemostasis is a complex physiological mechanism that functions to maintain vascular integrity under any conditions. Its primary components are blood platelets and a coagulation network that interact to form the hemostatic plug, a combination of cell aggregate and gelatinous fibrin clot that stops bleeding upon vascular injury. Disorders of hemostasis result in bleeding or thrombosis, and are the major immediate cause of mortality and morbidity in the world. Regulation of hemostasis and thrombosis is immensely complex, as it depends on blood cell adhesion and mechanics, hydrodynamics and mass transport of various species, huge signal transduction networks in platelets, as well as spatiotemporal regulation of the blood coagulation network...
March 5, 2018: Physics of Life Reviews
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