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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439027/biochemical-and-structural-characterization-of-oxygen-sensitive-2-thiouridine-synthesis-catalyzed-by-an-iron-sulfur-protein-ttua
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Minghao Chen, Shin-Ichi Asai, Shun Narai, Shusuke Nambu, Naoki Omura, Yuriko Sakaguchi, Tsutomu Suzuki, Masao Ikeda-Saito, Kimitsuna Watanabe, Min Yao, Naoki Shigi, Yoshikazu Tanaka
Two-thiouridine (s(2)U) at position 54 of transfer RNA (tRNA) is a posttranscriptional modification that enables thermophilic bacteria to survive in high-temperature environments. s(2)U is produced by the combined action of two proteins, 2-thiouridine synthetase TtuA and 2-thiouridine synthesis sulfur carrier protein TtuB, which act as a sulfur (S) transfer enzyme and a ubiquitin-like S donor, respectively. Despite the accumulation of biochemical data in vivo, the enzymatic activity by TtuA/TtuB has rarely been observed in vitro, which has hindered examination of the molecular mechanism of S transfer...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438016/highly-oriented-low-dimensional-tin-halide-perovskites-with-enhanced-stability-and-photovoltaic-performance
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Yuqin Liao, Hefei Liu, Wenjia Zhou, Dongwen Yang, Yuequn Shang, Zhifang Shi, Binghan Li, Xianyuan Jiang, Lijun Zhang, Li Na Quan, Rafael Quintero-Bermudez, Brandon R Sutherland, Qixi Mi, Edward H Sargent, Zhijun Ning
The low toxicity and a near-ideal choice of bandgap make tin (Sn) perovskite an attractive alternative to lead perovskite in low cost solar cells. However, the development of Sn perovskite solar cells has been impeded by their extremely poor stability when exposed to oxygen. We report low-dimensional Sn perovskites that exhibit markedly-enhanced air stability in comparison with their 3D counterparts. The reduced degradation under air exposure is attributed to the improved thermodynamic stability after dimensional reduction, the encapsulating organic ligands, and the compact perovskite film preventing oxygen ingress...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436939/an-inflammatory-bowel-disease-risk-variant-in-inava-decreases-pattern-recognition-receptor-induced-outcomes
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Jie Yan, Matija Hedl, Clara Abraham
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by dysregulation in both cytokines and responses to intestinal microbes, and proper regulation of pattern recognition receptor (PRR) signaling is critical for intestinal immune homeostasis. Altered functions for the IBD risk locus containing rs7554511, which encompasses the C1orf106 gene (recently named INAVA), and roles for the protein encoded by the INAVA gene are unknown. Here, we investigated the role of INAVA and INAVA genotype in regulating PRR-initiated outcomes in primary human cells...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433189/synergic-regulation-of-redox-potential-and-oxygen-uptake-to-enhance-production-of-coenzyme-q10-in-rhodobacter-sphaeroides
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Yongqiang Zhu, Lidan Ye, Zhaofeng Chen, Weijiang Hu, Yanghui Shi, Jianbo Chen, Chenfei Wang, Yong Li, Weifeng Li, Hongwei Yu
The physiological role of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) as an electron carrier suggests its association with redox potential. Overexpression of glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase type I (gapA-1) in Rhodobacter sphaeroides elevated the NADH/NAD(+) ratio and meanwhile enhanced the CoQ10 content by 58%, but at the sacrifice of biomass. On the other hand, Vitreoscilla hemoglobin was heterologously expressed to enhance the oxygen uptake ability of the cells, leading to 127% improvement of biomass. Subsequent coexpression of gapA-1 and vgb resulted in a CoQ10 titer of 83...
June 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428250/functional-roles-of-globin-proteins-in-hypoxia-tolerant-ectothermic-vertebrates
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Angela Fago
Globins are heme-containing proteins ubiquitously expressed in vertebrates, where they serve a broad range of biological functions, directly or indirectly related to the tight control of oxygen levels and its toxic products in vivo. Perhaps the most investigated of all proteins, hemoglobin and myoglobin are primarily involved in oxygen transport and storage, but also in facilitating arterial vasodilation, suppressing mitochondrial respiration and preventing tissue oxidative damage via accessory redox enzymatic activities during hypoxia...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425588/drug-resistance-reversal-by-combretastatin-a4-phosphate-loaded-with-doxorubicin-in-polymersomes-independent-of-angiogenesis-effect
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Jinfang Zhu, Mengying Hu, Liyan Qiu
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate that the polymersomes (Ps-DOX-CA4P) dual-loaded with combretastatin-A4 phosphate (CA4P) and doxorubicin (DOX) overcame drug resistance and sensitized tumour cells to chemotherapeutic drugs. METHODS: Ps-DOX-CA4P were prepared by solvent evaporation method using mPEG-b-PLA as carriers. The potential capability of CA4P to reverse DOX resistance was verified by cytotoxicity test, apoptosis assay and cellular uptake of DOX. The comparison between free drugs and drug-loaded polymersomes was also made on a single-layer cell model and multicellular tumour spheroids to display the superiority of the drug vehicles...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425281/hybridized-c-o-si-interface-states-at-the-origin-of-efficiency-improvement-in-cnt-si-solar-cell
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Stefano Ponzoni, Simona Achilli, Chiara Pintossi, Giovanni Drera, Luigi Sangaletti, Paola Castrucci, Maurizio De Crescenzi, Stefania Pagliara
Despite the astonishing values of the power conversion efficiency reached, in just less than a decade, by the carbon nanotube / silicon (CNT/Si) solar cells, many doubts remain on the underlying transport mechanisms across the CNT/Si heterojunction. Here, by combining transient optical spectroscopy in the femtosecond timescale, X-ray photoemission and a systematic tracking of I-V curves across all phases of the interlayer SiOx growth at the interface, we grasp the mechanism that adequately preserves charge separation at the junction, hindering the photoexcited carrier recombination...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424608/blood-transcriptomic-meta-analysis-identifies-dysregulation-of-hemoglobin-and-iron-metabolism-in-parkinson-disease
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Jose A Santiago, Judith A Potashkin
Disrupted iron metabolism has been implicated in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that severely affects movement and coordination, yet the molecular mechanisms underlying this association remain unknown. To this end, we performed a transcriptomic meta-analysis of four blood microarrays in PD. We observed a significant downregulation of genes related to hemoglobin including, hemoglobin delta (HBD), alpha hemoglobin stabilizing protein (ASHP), genes implicated in iron metabolism including, solute carrier family 11 member 2 (SLC11A2), ferrochelatase (FECH), and erythrocyte-specific genes including erythrocyte membrane protein (EPB42), and 5'-aminolevulinate synthase 2 (ALAS2)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417485/tumor-microenvironment-triggered-supramolecular-system-as-an-in-situ-nanotheranostic-generator-for-cancer-phototherapy
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Chengchao Chu, Huirong Lin, Heng Liu, Xiaoyong Wang, Junqing Wang, Pengfei Zhang, Haiyan Gao, Chao Huang, Yun Zeng, Yuanzhi Tan, Gang Liu, Xiaoyuan Chen
The efficacy of photosensitizers in cancer phototherapy is often limited by photobleaching, low tumor selectivity, and tumor hypoxia. Assembling photosensitizers into nanostructures can improve photodynamic therapy efficacy and the safety profile of photosensitizers. Herein by employing supramolecular assembly, enhanced theranostic capability of Mn(2+) -assisted assembly of a photosensitizer (sinoporphyrin sodium, DVDMS) is demonstrated. A tumor environment-triggered coassembly strategy is further developed to form Mn/DVDMS nanotheranostics (nanoDVD) for cancer phototherapy...
April 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416813/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-val-66-met-genotype-and-ovarian-steroids-interactively-modulate-working-memory-related-hippocampal-function-in-women-a-multimodal-neuroimaging-study
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S-M Wei, E B Baller, P D Kohn, J S Kippenhan, B Kolachana, S J Soldin, D R Rubinow, P J Schmidt, K F Berman
Preclinical evidence suggests that the actions of ovarian steroid hormones and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are highly convergent on brain function. Studies in humanized mice document an interaction between estrus cycle-related changes in estradiol secretion and BDNF Val(66)Met genotype on measures of hippocampal function and anxiety-like behavior. We believe our multimodal imaging data provide the first demonstration in women that the effects of the BDNF Val/Met polymorphism on hippocampal function are selectively modulated by estradiol...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409821/nano-curcumin-safely-prevents-streptozotocin-induced-inflammation-and-apoptosis-in-pancreatic-%C3%A3-cells-for-effective-management-of-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Raghu Ganugula, Meenakshi Arora, Patcharawalai Jaisamut, Ruedeekorn Wiwattanapatapee, Heather G Jørgensen, Vinod P Venkatpurwar, Beiyan Zhou, Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann, Rita Basu, Shaodong Guo, Majeti N V Ravi Kumar
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Approaches to prevent selective and progressive loss of insulin-producing ß-cells in Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) will help conquer this prevalent and devastating disease. Curcumin (CUR), a natural anti-inflammatory, suppresses diabetes associated inflammation and cell death. However, very high doses have been tested owing to poor oral bioavailability, making it difficult to translate to the clinic. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We recently prepared biodegradable nanosystems encapsulating curcumin (nCUR), resulting in at least 9-fold improvement in oral bioavailability...
April 13, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406842/hfe-gene-mutations-and-iron-status-in-100-healthy-polish-children
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Barbara Kaczorowska-Hac, Marcin Luszczyk, Jedrzej Antosiewicz, Wieslaw Ziolkowski, Elzbieta Adamkiewicz-Drozynska, Malgorzata Mysliwiec, Ewa Milosz, Jan J Kaczor
Iron participates in oxygen transport, energetic, metabolic, and immunologic processes. There are 2 main causes of iron overload: hereditary hemochromatosis which is a primary cause, is a metabolic disorder caused by mutations of genes that control iron metabolism and secondary hemochromatosis caused by multitransfusions, chronic hemolysis, and intake of iron rich food. The most common type of hereditary hemochromatosis is caused by HFE gene mutation. In this study, we analyzed iron metabolism in 100 healthy Polish children in relation to their HFE gene status...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405059/uniform-atomic-layer-deposition-of-al2o3-on-graphene-by-reversible-hydrogen-plasma-functionalization
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René H J Vervuurt, Bora Karasulu, Marcel A Verheijen, Wilhelmus Erwin M M Kessels, Ageeth A Bol
A novel method to form ultrathin, uniform Al2O3 layers on graphene using reversible hydrogen plasma functionalization followed by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is presented. ALD on pristine graphene is known to be a challenge due to the absence of dangling bonds, leading to nonuniform film coverage. We show that hydrogen plasma functionalization of graphene leads to uniform ALD of closed Al2O3 films down to 8 nm in thickness. Hall measurements and Raman spectroscopy reveal that the hydrogen plasma functionalization is reversible upon Al2O3 ALD and subsequent annealing at 400 °C and in this way does not deteriorate the graphene's charge carrier mobility...
March 14, 2017: Chemistry of Materials: a Publication of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403123/influence-of-genetic-variations-in-the-sod1-gene-on-the-development-of-ascites-and-spontaneous-bacterial-peritonitis-in-decompensated-liver-cirrhosis
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Sebastian Schwab, Jennifer Lehmann, Philipp Lutz, Christian Jansen, Beate Appenrodt, Frank Lammert, Christian P Strassburg, Ulrich Spengler, Hans-Dieter Nischalke, Jonel Trebicka
BACKGROUND: The balance between generation and elimination of reactive oxygen species by superoxide dismutase (SOD) is crucially involved in the pathophysiology of liver cirrhosis. Reactive oxygen species damage cells and induce inflammation/fibrosis, but also play a critical role in immune defense from pathogens. As both processes are involved in the development of liver cirrhosis and its complications, genetic variation of the SOD1 gene was investigated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Two SOD1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (rs1041740 and rs3844942) were analyzed in 49 cirrhotic patients undergoing liver transplantation...
April 11, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402948/c-type-natriuretic-peptide-modified-lipid-vesicles-fabrication-and-use-for-the-treatment-of-brain-glioma
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Jia-Shuan Wu, Li-Min Mu, Ying-Zi Bu, Lei Liu, Yan Yan, Ying-Jie Hu, Jing Bai, Jing-Ying Zhang, Weiyue Lu, Wan-Liang Lu
Chemotherapy of brain glioma faces a major obstacle owing to the inability of drug transport across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Besides, neovasculatures in brain glioma site result in a rapid infiltration, making complete surgical removal virtually impossible. Herein, we reported a novel kind of C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) modified vinorelbine lipid vesicles for transferring drug across the BBB, and for treating brain glioma along with disrupting neovasculatures. The studies were performed on brain glioma U87-MG cells in vitro and on glioma-bearing nude mice in vivo...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398034/a-general-method-for-large-scale-fabrication-of-semiconducting-oxides-with-high-sers-sensitivity
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Xudong Zheng, Feng Ren, Shunping Zhang, Xiaolei Zhang, Hengyi Wu, Xingang Zhang, Zhuo Xing, Wenjing Qin, Yong Liu, Changzhong Jiang
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a versatile and powerful spectroscopic technique for substance analysis and detection. So far, the highest detection sensitivities have been realized on noble nanostructure substrates, which, however, are costly, unstable, and non-biocompatible. While semiconductor substrates could in principle be used, existing realizations have either resulted in substrates with low sensitivities or used methods that have poor technical control. Here we report a general and versatile method, based on ion irradiation and vacuum annealing, for fabricating large-scale reduced semiconducting oxide SERS substrates with high sensitivities...
April 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397406/artificial-oxygen-carriers-exactly-how-close-are-we-to-an-ultimate-product
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EDITORIAL
Jan Simoni
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397405/artificial-oxygen-carrier-as-therapeutics-rather-than-blood-substitute-for-transfusion
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EDITORIAL
Akira T Kawaguchi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397404/artificial-oxygen-carriers
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EDITORIAL
Paul S Malchesky
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396271/physicochemical-characterization-of-water-soluble-chitosan-derivatives-with-singlet-oxygen-quenching-and-antibacterial-capabilities
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Noelia L Vanden Braber, Ladislao I Díaz Vergara, Faustino E Morán Vieyra, Claudio D Borsarelli, Mariana M Yossen, Jorge R Vega, Silvia G Correa, Mariana A Montenegro
New water-soluble chitosan derivatives (WSCh) were obtained by Maillard reaction (MR) between glucosamine (GA) with both low and medium molecular weight chitosans (Ch). The WSCh showed larger solubility than the respective Ch, while their deacetylation degree (DD) decreased by approximately 12%. Infrared spectroscopy experiments of WSCh confirmed the formation of imine bonds after MR with intensified pyranose structure, and sugar molecules as polymer branches. However, a 6-times reduction of the molecular weight of WSCh was measured, indicating the breakdown of the polysaccharide chain during the MR...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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