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Sarah E Fordham, Helen J Blair, Claire J Elstob, Ruth Plummer, Yvette Drew, Nicola J Curtin, Olaf Heidenreich, Deepali Pal, David Jamieson, Catherine Park, John Pollard, Scott Fields, Paul Milne, Graham H Jackson, Helen J Marr, Tobias Menne, Gail L Jones, James M Allan
The ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR) protein kinase promotes cancer cell survival by signaling stalled replication forks generated by replication stress, a common feature of many cancers including acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Here we show that the antileukemic activity of the chemotherapeutic nucleoside analogs hydroxyurea and gemcitabine was significantly potentiated by ATR inhibition via a mechanism involving ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) abrogation and inhibition of replication fork progression...
May 22, 2018: Blood Advances
Meng Pan, Suqin Sun, Qun Zhou, Jianbo Chen
Extra virgin olive oil has been one of the most common targets for economically motivated food adulteration. This research employed the hand-held FTIR spectrometer to develop the simple and portable screening methods for extra virgin olive oils adulterated with other cheaper vegetable oils. With the help of the ATR probe and chemometrics tools, oil samples can be measured directly without any pretreatment, then the spectra can be interpreted automatically to determine the possibility of adulteration and estimate the content of adulterant oil...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Alexandre De Neef, Cédric Samuel, Grégory Stoclet, Mohamed Rguiti, Christian Courtois, Philippe Dubois, Jérémie Soulestin, Jean-Marie Raquez
Poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) displays attractive ferroelectric/piezoelectric properties and its polar β-crystals are specifically targeted for achieving electroactive applications. However, their direct crystallization from the melt state represents a challenging task that has never been addressed using melt-state processes. The use of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) is herein investigated to promote the PVDF polar β-phase using melt-blending and extrusion-calendering technologies. The presence of the β-phase is here confirmed by ATR-FTIR and WAXS experiments with blends at a PMMA content as low as 5 wt%...
May 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Norifumi Shioda, Yasushi Yabuki, Kouya Yamaguchi, Misaki Onozato, Yue Li, Kenji Kurosawa, Hideyuki Tanabe, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Takumi Era, Hiroshi Sugiyama, Takahito Wada, Kohji Fukunaga
Alpha-thalassemia X-linked intellectual disability (ATR-X) syndrome is caused by mutations in ATRX, which encodes a chromatin-remodeling protein. Genome-wide analyses in mouse and human cells indicate that ATRX tends to bind to G-rich sequences with a high potential to form G-quadruplexes. Here, we report that Atrx mutation induces aberrant upregulation of Xlr3b expression in the mouse brain, an outcome associated with neuronal pathogenesis displayed by ATR-X model mice. We show that ATRX normally binds to G-quadruplexes in CpG islands of the imprinted Xlr3b gene, regulating its expression by recruiting DNA methyltransferases...
May 21, 2018: Nature Medicine
Daniel Wiktelius, Linnea Ahlinder, Andreas Larsson, Karin Höjer Holmgren, Rikard Norlin, Per Ola Andersson
Collecting data under field conditions for forensic investigations of chemical warfare agents calls for the use of portable instruments. In this study, a set of aged, crude preparations of sulfur mustard were characterized spectroscopically without any sample preparation using handheld Raman and portable IR instruments. The spectral data was used to construct Random Forest multivariate models for the attribution of test set samples to the synthetic method used for their production. Colored and fluorescent samples were included in the study, which made Raman spectroscopy challenging although fluorescence was diminished by using an excitation wavelength of 1064 nm...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
Tianxiang Li, Zhengren Shi, Xianru He, Ping Jiang, Xiaobin Lu, Rui Zhang, Xin Wang
With the aim of improving the anti-aging properties of nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR), a functional organic filler, namely LDH⁻SAS, prepared by intercalating 4-amino-benzenesulfonic acid monosodium salt (SAS) into layered double hydroxides (LDHs) through anion exchange, was added to nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR), giving the NBR/LDH⁻SAS composites. Successful preparation of LDH⁻SAS was confirmed by XRD, TGA and FTIR. LDH⁻SAS was well dispersed in the NBR matrix, owing to its strong interaction with the nitrile group of NBR...
May 18, 2018: Materials
N A Al-Eesa, A Johal, R G Hill, F S L Wong
OBJECTIVES: Dental materials that can form apatite offer the potential to not only prevent demineralisation but enhance remineralisation of the enamel. The objective of this study was to investigate the ability of a novel BAG-resin adhesive to form apatite in 3 immersion media. METHODS: A novel fluoride containing BAG-resin adhesive described previously, with 80% by weight filler load, was used to fabricate 90 disks. Each disk was immersed in 10ml of either tris buffer (TB), or artificial saliva at pH=7 (AS7) or pH=4 (AS4)...
May 17, 2018: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
S Olsztyńska-Janus, Z Kiełbowicz, M A Czarnecki
Near infrared (NIR) radiation has been widely used in medicine and biomedical engineering. In spite of numerous studies the molecular mechanism of NIR radiation on biological systems has not been established as yet. The objective of this work was examination of the effect of NIR irradiation on the skin components. Modifications of lipid organization after NIR exposure vs. temperature (from 20 to 90 °C) have been investigated using Attenuated Total Reflectance Infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy. This work is a continuation of our previous studies on the temperature effect on skin components [1]...
May 11, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Xue-Nan Li, Yu-Zhu Zuo, Lei Qin, Wei Liu, Yan-Hua Li, Jin-Long Li
Atrazine (ATR) is one of the most extensively used herbicide that eventually leaches into groundwater and surface water from agricultural areas. Exposure to ATR does harm to the health of human and animals, especially the heart. However, ATR exposure caused cardiotoxicity in bird remains unclear. To evaluate ATR-exerted potential cardiotoxicity in heart, quail were exposed with 0, 50, 250, and 500 mg/kg BW/day ATR by gavage treatment for 45 days. Cardiac histopathological alternation was observed in ATR-induced quail...
May 9, 2018: Chemosphere
Leandro S A Pereira, Fernanda L C Lisboa, José Coelho Neto, Frederico N Valladão, Marcelo M Sena
Several new psychoactive substances (NPS) have reached the illegal drug market in recent years, and ecstasy-like tablets are one of the forms affected by this change. Cathinones and tryptamines have increasingly been found in ecstasy-like seized samples as well as other amphetamine type stimulants. A presumptive method for identifying different drugs in seized ecstasy tablets (n=92) using ATR-FTIR (attenuated total reflectance - Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) and PLS-DA (partial least squares discriminant analysis) was developed...
May 9, 2018: Forensic Science International
S Lu, W Hu, Z Zhang, Z Ji, T Zhang
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the manufacturing method and anti-adhesion properties of a new composite mesh in the rat model, which was made from sirolimus (SRL) grafts on a poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA)-modified polypropylene (PP) hernia mesh. METHODS: PLLA was first grafted onto argon-plasma-treated native PP mesh through catalysis of stannous chloride. SRL was grafted onto the surface of PP-PLLA meshes using catalysis of 1-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) and 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP) in a CH2 Cl2 solvent...
May 18, 2018: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
Ming Liu, Yan Wang, Yiqiang Wu, Hui Wan
Urea formaldehyde (UF) resin residues generate many poisonous chemicals during traditional disposal technologies for organic hazardous wastes. In this study, hydrothermal hydrolysis was developed to decompose, remove, and recycle cured UF resin. Under 140 °C and 2 h of hydrothermal process, 20 mL of either 2 M HCl or 30 w.t. % of formaldehyde solutions can decompose as much as 1.7 g of cured UF resin. In addition, from the attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GCMS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and 1 H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analyses, it confirmed that the hydrothermal hydrolysis could hydrolyze cured UF resin...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Zhengke Li, Bochao Liu, Weiwei Jin, Xiwei Wu, Mian Zhou, Vincent Wenzhe Liu, Ajay Goel, Zhiyuan Shen, Li Zheng, Binghui Shen
DNA2 is a nuclease/helicase that is involved in Okazaki fragment maturation, replication fork processing, and end resection of DNA double-strand breaks. Similar such helicase activity for resolving secondary structures and structure-specific nuclease activity are needed during DNA replication to process the chromosome-specific higher order repeat units present in the centromeres of human chromosomes. Here, we show that DNA2 binds preferentially to centromeric DNA The nuclease and helicase activities of DNA2 are both essential for resolution of DNA structural obstacles to facilitate DNA replication fork movement...
May 17, 2018: EMBO Journal
Hyeong-Seop Jung, Min Hee Kim, Ji Youn Shin, Se Ra Park, Ju-Young Jung, Won Ho Park
A nanofibrous β-chitin web was fabricated via electrospinning for use as a novel wound dressing material. β-chitin was extracted from cuttlefish bone using deproteinization and demineralization. First, cuttlefish bone was alkali-treated to remove the proteins and was then treated with the acid for demineralization. The extracted β-chitin was dissolved in formic acid as solvent to evaluate its electrospinnability, and the electrospinnability increased remarkably when β-chitin was blended with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) than without...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Jörn Güldenhaupt, Marta Amaral, Carsten Kötting, Djordje Musil, Jonas Schartner, Matthias Frech, Klaus Gerwert
A detailed investigation of protein-ligand interactions is crucial during the early drug discovery process. However, most available techniques lack either structural or temporal resolution. In contrast, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy can monitor protein-ligand interactions label-free with high spatiotemporal resolution. Here we immobilize as example the heat shock protein HSP90 on an ATR-crystal. This protein is an important molecular target for drugs against several diseases including cancer. With our novel approach we investigated a ligand induced secondary structural change...
May 17, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Delong Zeng, Shulin Deng, Chengcheng Sang, Jianfu Zhao Zhao, Tianfeng Chen
Chemical drug design based on the biochemical characteristics of cancer cells has become an important strategy for discovery of targeted therapies for personalized cancer medicine. Herein, cancer targeting RGD peptide has been covalently conjugated to selenadiazole derivative (RGD-SeD) to improve its cancer selectivity. The RGD decoration significantly enhances the anticancer efficacy of RGD-SeD in αVβ3 integrin-overexpressing HepG2 liver cancer cells, but not in normal liver cells. Cellular uptake assay and fluorescent imaging confirmed the selectivity of RGD-SeD to integrin overexpressing cancer cells...
May 17, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Da Tian, Wenchao Wang, Mu Su, Junyi Zheng, Yuanyi Wu, Shimei Wang, Zhen Li, Shuijin Hu
Phosphate-solubilizing fungi (PSF) can secrete large amounts of organic acids. In this study, the application of the fungus Penicillium oxalicum and geological fluorapatite (FAp) to lead immobilization was investigated. The formation and morphology of the lead-related minerals were analyzed by ATR-IR, XRD, Raman, and SEM. The quantity of organic acids secreted by P. oxalicum reached the maximum on the fourth day, which elevated soluble P concentrations from 0.4 to 108 mg/L in water. The secreted oxalic acid dominates the acidity in solution...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Emily S Park, Justin P Yan, Richard A Ang, Jeong Hyun Lee, Xiaoyan Deng, Simon P Duffy, Kevin Beja, Matti Annala, Peter C Black, Kim N Chi, Alexander W Wyatt, Hongshen Ma
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are malignant cells released into the bloodstream with the potential to form metastases in secondary sites. These cells, acquired non-invasively, represent a sample of highly relevant tumor tissue that is an alternative to difficult and low-yield tumor biopsies. In recent years, there has been growing interest in genomic profiling of CTCs to enable longitudinal monitoring of the tumor's adaptive response to therapy. However, due to their extreme rarity, genotyping CTCs has proved challenging...
May 15, 2018: Lab on a Chip
Jiying Sun, Lin Shi, Aiko Kinomura, Atsuhiko Fukuto, Yasunori Horikoshi, Yukako Oma, Masahiko Harata, Masae Ikura, Tsuyoshi Ikura, Roland Kanaar, Satoshi Tashiro
Chromosomal translocations are hallmarks of various types of cancers and leukemias. However, the molecular mechanisms of chromosome translocations remain largely unknown. The ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) protein, a DNA damage signaling regulator, facilitates DNA repair to prevent chromosome abnormalities. Previously, we showed that ATM deficiency led to the 11q23 chromosome translocation, the most frequent chromosome abnormalities in secondary leukemia. Here, we show that ARP8, a subunit of the INO80 chromatin remodeling complex, is phosphorylated after etoposide treatment...
May 8, 2018: ELife
Yuanpeng Li, Fucui Li, Xinhao Yang, Liu Guo, Furong Huang, Zhenqiang Chen, Xingdan Chen, Shifu Zheng
A rapid quantitative analysis model for determining the glycated albumin (GA) content based on Attenuated total reflectance (ATR)-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) combining with linear SiPLS and nonlinear SVM has been developed. Firstly, the real GA content in human serum was determined by GA enzymatic method, meanwhile, the ATR-FTIR spectra of serum samples from the population of health examination were obtained. The spectral data of the whole spectra mid-infrared region (4000-600 cm-1 ) and GA's characteristic region (1800-800 cm-1 ) were used as the research object of quantitative analysis...
May 7, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
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