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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922574/super-resolution-microscopy-unveils-dynamic-heterogeneities-in-nanoparticle-protein-corona
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Natalia Feiner-Gracia, Michaela Beck, Sílvia Pujals, Sébastien Tosi, Tamoghna Mandal, Christian Buske, Mika Linden, Lorenzo Albertazzi
The adsorption of serum proteins, leading to the formation of a biomolecular corona, is a key determinant of the biological identity of nanoparticles in vivo. Therefore, gaining knowledge on the formation, composition, and temporal evolution of the corona is of utmost importance for the development of nanoparticle-based therapies. Here, it is shown that the use of super-resolution optical microscopy enables the imaging of the protein corona on mesoporous silica nanoparticles with single protein sensitivity...
September 18, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921830/trends-application-and-future-prospectives-of-microbial-carbonic-anhydrase-mediated-carbonation-process-for-ccus
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REVIEW
Chintan Bhagat, Pravin Dudhagara, Shantilal Tank
Growing industrialisation and desire for better economy of countries accelerated the emission of greenhouse gasses, more than the buffering capacity of earth atmosphere. Among, various Green House Gasses (GHGs), CO2 occupies the first position in anthroposphere and has detrimental effects on the ecosystem. For decarbonization, several non-biological methods of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) are in use from last few decades, but they are suffering from narrow applicability. Recently, CO2 emission and its disposal related problem encourage for implementation of bioprocessing to achieve zero waste economy for a sustainable environment...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921378/chemistry-and-chemical-equilibrium-dynamics-of-bmaa-and-its-carbamate-adducts
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Pedro Diaz-Parga, Joy J Goto, V V Krishnan
Beta-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) has been demonstrated to contribute to the onset of the ALS/Parkinsonism-dementia complex (ALS/PDC) and is implicated in the progression of other neurodegenerative diseases. While the role of BMAA in these diseases is still debated, one of the suggested mechanisms involves the activation of excitatory glutamate receptors. In particular, the excitatory effects of BMAA are shown to be dependent on the presence of bicarbonate ions, which in turn forms carbamate adducts in physiological conditions...
September 18, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920628/fluoroquinolones-as-imaging-agents-for-bacterial-infection
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Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Karl Drlica
Diagnosis of deep-seated bacterial infection is difficult, as neither standard anatomical imaging nor radiolabeled, autologous leukocytes distinguish sterile inflammation from infection. Two recent imaging efforts are receiving attention: (1) radioactive derivatives of sorbitol show good specificity with Gram-negative bacterial infections, and (2) success in combining anatomical and functional imaging for cancer diagnosis has rekindled interest in (99m)Tc-fluoroquinolone-based imaging. With the latter, computed tomography (CT) would be combined with single-photon-emission-computed tomography (SPECT) to detect (99m)Tc-fluoroquinolone-bacterial interactions...
September 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919903/the-role-of-soil-solarization-in-india-how-an-unnoticed-practice-could-support-pest-control
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REVIEW
Harsimran K Gill, Iqbal S Aujla, Luigi De Bellis, Andrea Luvisi
Plant protection represents one of the strategies to fill the yield gap and to achieve food security, a key topic for India development. Analysis of climate risks for crops indicates that South Asia is one of the regions most exposed to the adverse impact on many plants that are relevant to inhabitants exposed to food safety risks. Furthermore, accumulation of pesticide residues in the aquatic and other ecosystems is becoming a significant threat in India. These perspectives require to develop programs of crop protection that can be feasible according to Indian rural development and pollution policy...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919752/zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-induce-apoptosis-and-autophagy-in-human-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Ding-Ping Bai, Xi-Feng Zhang, Guo-Liang Zhang, Yi-Fan Huang, Sangiliyandi Gurunathan
BACKGROUND: Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) are frequently used in industrial products such as paint, surface coating, and cosmetics, and recently, they have been explored in biologic and biomedical applications. Therefore, this study was undertaken to investigate the effect of ZnO NPs on cytotoxicity, apoptosis, and autophagy in human ovarian cancer cells (SKOV3). METHODS: ZnO NPs with a crystalline size of 20 nm were characterized with various analytical techniques, including ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918472/a-reliable-protocol-for-colorimetric-determination-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-uptake-by-cells
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Daiana K Deda, Roberta M Cardoso, Mayara K Uchiyama, Christiane Pavani, Sergio H Toma, Mauricio S Baptista, Koiti Araki
Size, shape, and surface properties of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) can influence their interaction with biological systems, particularly the incorporation by tumor cells and consequently the biological activity and efficiency in biomedical applications. Several strategies have been used to evaluate cellular uptake of SPIONs. While qualitative methods are generally based on microscopy techniques, quantitative assays are carried out by techniques such as inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry and flow cytometry...
September 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917835/antitumor-activity-pharmacokinetics-tumor-homing-effect-and-hepatotoxicity-of-a-species-cross-reactive-c-met-antibody
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Hyunkyu Park, Donggeon Kim, Eunju Son, Sunhwa Shin, Jason K Sa, Seok-Hyung Kim, Yeup Yoon, Do-Hyun Nam
The receptor tyrosine kinase c-Met plays critical roles in promoting tumor growth, invasion, metastasis, and angiogenesis in various types of cancer and is a promising therapeutic target. The development of a species cross-reactive therapeutic antibody could provide useful to comprehensive preclinical assessment in animal models. Towards this goal, we developed human/mouse cross-reactive c-Met antibodies using an antibody phage library. IRCR201, a c-Met antibody with species cross-reactivity, successfully inhibited the HGF/c-Met signaling pathway via degradation of c-Met and disruption of the binding with its partners, and demonstrated strong in vivo antitumor activity...
September 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917797/a-rapid-and-specific-colorimetric-method-for-free-tryptophan-quantification
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Yinan Wu, Tianmin Wang, Chong Zhang, Xin-Hui Xing
Tryptophan is one of the eight essential amino acids and plays an important role in many biological processes. For its interaction with human health, environment and relevant commercial interest in biotechnology-based production, rapid and specific quantification method for this molecule accessible to common laboratories is badly needed. We herein reported a simple colorimetric method for free tryptophan quantification with 96-well-plate-level throughput. Our protocol firstly converted tryptophan to indole enzymatically by purified tryptophanases and then used reactivity of indole with hydroxylamine to form pink product with absorption peak at 530nm, enabling the quantification of tryptophan with simple spectrometry in just two hours...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915088/abiotic-and-biotic-formation-of-amino-acids-in-the-enceladus-ocean
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Elliot L Steel, Alfonso Davila, Christopher P McKay
The active plume at Enceladus' south pole makes the indirect sampling of its global ocean possible. The partially resolved chemistry of the plume, which points to conditions that are seemingly compatible with life, has made orbital sampling missions a priority. We present a conceptual model of energy flux, hydrothermal H2 production, and both abiotic and biotic production of amino acids. Based on the energy flux observed at the south pole and the inferred internal hydrothermal activity, we estimate an H2 production of 0...
September 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915034/affinity-guided-oxime-chemistry-for-selective-protein-acylation-in-live-tissue-systems
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Tomonori Tamura, Zhining Song, Kazuma Amaike, Shin Lee, Sifei Yin, Shigeki Kiyonaka, Itaru Hamachi
Catalyst-mediated protein modification is a powerful approach for the imaging and engineering of natural proteins. We have previously developed affinity-guided 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP) (AGD) chemistry as an efficient protein modification method using a catalytic acyl transfer reaction. However, because of the high electrophilicity of the thioester acyl donor molecule, AGD chemistry suffers from nonspecific reactions to proteins other than the target protein in crude biological environments, such as cell lysates, live cells, and tissue samples...
September 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911545/chemistry-and-health-effects-of-furanocoumarins-in-grapefruit
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REVIEW
Wei-Lun Hung, Joon Hyuk Suh, Yu Wang
Furanocoumarins are a specific group of secondary metabolites that commonly present in higher plants, such as citrus plants. The major furanocoumarins found in grapefruits (Citrus paradisi) include bergamottin, epoxybergamottin, and 6',7'-dihydroxybergamottin. During biosynthesis of these furanocoumarins, coumarins undergo biochemical modifications corresponding to a prenylation reaction catalyzed by the cytochrome P450 enzymes with the subsequent formation of furan rings. Because of undesirable interactions with several medications, many studies have developed methods for grapefruit furanocoumarin quantification that include high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with UV detector or mass spectrometry...
January 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911543/chemistry-and-bioactivity-of-gardenia-jasminoides
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REVIEW
Wenping Xiao, Shiming Li, Siyu Wang, Chi-Tang Ho
Gardenia jasminoides, grown in multiple regions in China, was commonly used as a natural yellow dye but has been one of the popular traditional Chinese medicines since the discovery of its biological property a few decades ago. It has been reported that G. jasminoides possess multiple biological activities, such as antioxidant properties, hypoglycemic effect, inhibition of inflammation, antidepression activity, and improved sleeping quality. In this review, our aim was to have a comprehensive summary of its phytochemistry including the extraction, isolation, and characterization of volatiles and bioactive molecules in G...
January 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910858/overview-of-methods-and-strategies-for-conducting-virtual-small-molecule-screening
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Xavier Fradera, Kerim Babaoglu
Virtual screening (VS) in the context of drug discovery is the use of computational methods to discover novel ligands with a desired biological activity from within a larger collection of molecules. These techniques have been in use for many years, there is a wide range of methodologies available, and many successful applications have been reported in the literature. VS is often used as an alternative or a complement to High-throughput screening (HTS) or other methods to identify ligands for target validation or medicinal chemistry projects...
September 14, 2017: Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910143/the-lost-city-hydrothermal-field-a-spectroscopic-and-astrobiological-analogue-for-nili-fossae-mars
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Elena S Amador, Joshua L Bandfield, William J Brazelton, Deborah Kelley
Low-temperature serpentinization is a critical process with respect to Earth's habitability and the Solar System. Exothermic serpentinization reactions commonly produce hydrogen as a direct by-product and typically produce short-chained organic compounds indirectly. Here, we present the spectral and mineralogical variability in rocks from the serpentine-driven Lost City Hydrothermal Field on Earth and the olivine-rich region of Nili Fossae on Mars. Near- and thermal-infrared spectral measurements were made from a suite of Lost City rocks at wavelengths similar to those for instruments collecting measurements of the martian surface...
September 14, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910135/imaging-of-vanadium-in-microfossils-a-new-potential-biosignature
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Craig P Marshall, Alison Olcott Marshall, Jade B Aitken, Barry Lai, Stefan Vogt, Pierre Breuer, Philippe Steemans, Peter A Lay
The inability to unambiguously distinguish the biogenicity of microfossil-like structures in the ancient rock record is a fundamental predicament facing Archean paleobiologists and astrobiologists. Therefore, novel methods for discriminating biological from nonbiological chemistries of microfossil-like structures are of the utmost importance in the search for evidence of early life on Earth. This, too, is important for the search for life on Mars by in situ analyses via rovers or sample return missions for future analysis here on Earth...
September 14, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906564/use-of-monolithic-supports-for-high-throughput-protein-and-peptide-separation-in-proteomics
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REVIEW
Uroš Andjelković, Srdjan Tufegdžić, Milica Popović
The exclusive properties of monolithic supports enable fast mass transfer, high porosity, low back pressure, easy preparation process and miniaturisation and the availability of different chemistries make them particularly suitable materials for high-throughput (HTP) protein and peptide separation. In this review recent advances in monolith-based chromatographic supports for HTP screening of protein and peptide samples are presented and their application in HTP sample preparation (separation, enrichment, depletion, proteolytic digestion) for HTP proteomics is discussed...
September 14, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904627/mechanochemical-synthesis-of-thioureas-ureas-and-guanidines
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REVIEW
Vjekoslav Štrukil
In this review, the recent progress in the synthesis of ureas, thioureas and guanidines by solid-state mechanochemical ball milling is highlighted. While the literature is abundant on their preparation in conventional solution environment, it was not until the advent of solvent-free manual grinding using a mortar and pestle and automated ball milling that new synthetic opportunities have opened. The mechanochemical approach not only has enabled the quantitative synthesis of (thio)ureas and guanidines without using bulk solvents and the generation of byproducts, but it has also been established as a means to develop "click-type" chemistry for these classes of compounds and the concept of small molecule desymmetrization...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904608/the-chemistry-and-biology-of-mycolactones
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REVIEW
Matthias Gehringer, Karl-Heinz Altmann
Mycolactones are a group of macrolides excreted by the human pathogen Mycobacterium ulcerans, which exhibit cytotoxic, immunosuppressive and analgesic properties. As the virulence factor of M. ulcerans, mycolactones are central to the pathogenesis of the neglected disease Buruli ulcer, a chronic and debilitating medical condition characterized by necrotic skin ulcers. Due to their complex structure and fascinating biology, mycolactones have inspired various total synthesis endeavors and structure-activity relationship studies...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904390/quantum-interference-in-the-presence-of-a-resonant-medium
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Dmitry A Kalashnikov, Elizaveta V Melik-Gaykazyan, Alexey A Kalachev, Ye Feng Yu, Arseniy I Kuznetsov, Leonid A Krivitsky
Interaction of light with media often occurs with a femtosecond response time. Its measurement by conventional techniques requires the use of femtosecond lasers and sophisticated time-gated optical detection. Here we demonstrate that by exploiting quantum interference of entangled photons it is possible to measure the dephasing time of a resonant media on the femtosecond time scale (down to 100 fs) using accessible continuous wave laser and single-photon counting. We insert a sample in the Hong-Ou-Mandel interferometer and observe the modification of the two-photon interference pattern, which is driven by the coherent response of the medium, determined by the dephasing time...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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