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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210250/simultaneous-activation-of-iron-and-thiol-based-sensor-regulator-systems-by-redox-active-compounds
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Kang-Lok Lee, Ji-Sun Yoo, Gyeong-Seok Oh, Atul K Singh, Jung-Hye Roe
Bacteria in natural habitats are exposed to myriad redox-active compounds (RACs), which include producers of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive electrophile species (RES) that alkylate or oxidize thiols. RACs can induce oxidative stress in cells and activate response pathways by modulating the activity of sensitive regulators. However, the effect of a certain compound on the cell has been investigated primarily with respect to a specific regulatory pathway. Since a single compound can exert multiple chemical effects in the cell, its effect can be better understood by time-course monitoring of multiple sensitive regulatory pathways that the compound induces...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208801/atomic-force-microscopy-a-powerful-tool-to-address-scaffold-design-in-tissue-engineering
#2
Marica Marrese, Vincenzo Guarino, Luigi Ambrosio
Functional polymers currently represent a basic component of a large range of biological and biomedical applications including molecular release, tissue engineering, bio-sensing and medical imaging. Advancements in these fields are driven by the use of a wide set of biodegradable polymers with controlled physical and bio-interactive properties. In this context, microscopy techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) are emerging as fundamental tools to deeply investigate morphology and structural properties at micro and sub-micrometric scale, in order to evaluate the in time relationship between physicochemical properties of biomaterials and biological response...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207738/testing-the-limits-of-gradient-sensing
#3
Vinal Lakhani, Timothy C Elston
The ability to detect a chemical gradient is fundamental to many cellular processes. In multicellular organisms gradient sensing plays an important role in many physiological processes such as wound healing and development. Unicellular organisms use gradient sensing to move (chemotaxis) or grow (chemotropism) towards a favorable environment. Some cells are capable of detecting extremely shallow gradients, even in the presence of significant molecular-level noise. For example, yeast have been reported to detect pheromone gradients as shallow as 0...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207248/mechanochemical-and-conventional-synthesis-of-zn-ii-cd-ii-luminescent-coordination-polymers-dual-sensing-probe-for-selective-detection-of-chromate-anions-and-tnp-in-aqueous-phase
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Bhavesh Parmar, Yadagiri Rachuri, Kamal Kumar Bisht, Ridhdhi Laiya, Eringathodi Suresh
Isostructural Zn(II)/Cd(II) mixed ligand coordination polymers (CPs) {[M(IPA)(L)]}n (CP1 and CP2) built from isophthalic acid (H2IPA) and 3-pyridylcarboxaldehyde nicotinoylhydrazone (L) were prepared using versatile synthetic routes: viz., diffusion of precursor solutions, conventional reflux methods, and green mechanochemical (grinding) reactions. Both robust CPs synthesized by different routes were characterized by various analytical methods, and their thermal and chemical stability as well as the phase purity was established...
February 16, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206876/sample-treatment-in-pesticide-residue-determination-in-food-by-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-are-generic-extraction-methods-the-end-of-the-road
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Roberto Romero-González, Francisco Javier Arrebola Liébanas, Rosalía López-Ruiz, Antonia Garrido Frenich
The use of high-resolution MS (HRMS) is becoming popular in laboratories for the determination of pesticide residues in food commodities. The recent improvements in the instrumentation have helped to increase the number of active compounds and transformation products that can be monitored within a simple chromatographic run. However, prior to instrumental determination, it is necessary to perform a nonspecific, or generic, sample treatment that allows the efficient extraction of several compounds with very relevant differences in their physical and chemical properties...
November 1, 2016: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202725/stretchable-living-materials-and-devices-with-hydrogel-elastomer-hybrids-hosting-programmed-cells
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Xinyue Liu, Tzu-Chieh Tang, Eléonore Tham, Hyunwoo Yuk, Shaoting Lin, Timothy K Lu, Xuanhe Zhao
Living systems, such as bacteria, yeasts, and mammalian cells, can be genetically programmed with synthetic circuits that execute sensing, computing, memory, and response functions. Integrating these functional living components into materials and devices will provide powerful tools for scientific research and enable new technological applications. However, it has been a grand challenge to maintain the viability, functionality, and safety of living components in freestanding materials and devices, which frequently undergo deformations during applications...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198607/interfacial-polymerization-on-dynamic-complex-colloids-creating-stabilized-janus-droplets
#7
Yuan He, Suchol Savagatrup, Lauren D Zarzar, Timothy M Swager
Complex emulsions, including Janus droplets, are becoming increasingly important in pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics, the fabrication of microcapsules for drug delivery, chemical sensing, E-paper display technologies, and optics. Because fluid Janus droplets are often sensitive to external perturbation, such as unexpected changes in the concentration of the surfactants or surface-active biomolecules in the environment, stabilizing their morphology is critical for many real-world applications. To endow Janus droplets with resistance to external chemical perturbations, we demonstrate a general and robust method of creating polymeric hemispherical shells via interfacial free-radical polymerization on the Janus droplets...
February 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196889/quantum-interpolation-for-high-resolution-sensing
#8
Ashok Ajoy, Yi-Xiang Liu, Kasturi Saha, Luca Marseglia, Jean-Christophe Jaskula, Ulf Bissbort, Paola Cappellaro
Recent advances in engineering and control of nanoscale quantum sensors have opened new paradigms in precision metrology. Unfortunately, hardware restrictions often limit the sensor performance. In nanoscale magnetic resonance probes, for instance, finite sampling times greatly limit the achievable sensitivity and spectral resolution. Here we introduce a technique for coherent quantum interpolation that can overcome these problems. Using a quantum sensor associated with the nitrogen vacancy center in diamond, we experimentally demonstrate that quantum interpolation can achieve spectroscopy of classical magnetic fields and individual quantum spins with orders of magnitude finer frequency resolution than conventionally possible...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196478/genetic-analysis-of-impaired-trimethylamine-metabolism-using-whole-exome-sequencing
#9
Yiran Guo, Liang-Dar Hwang, Jiankang Li, Jason Eades, Chung Wen Yu, Corrine Mansfield, Alexis Burdick-Will, Xiao Chang, Yulan Chen, Fujiko F Duke, Jianguo Zhang, Steven Fakharzadeh, Paul Fennessey, Brendan J Keating, Hui Jiang, Hakon Hakonarson, Danielle R Reed, George Preti
BACKGROUND: Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) is a genetic disorder whereby people cannot convert trimethylamine (TMA) to its oxidized form (TMAO), a process that requires the liver enzyme FMO3. Loss-of-function variants in the FMO3 gene are a known cause of TMAU. In addition to the inability to metabolize TMA precursors like choline, patients often emit a characteristic odor because while TMAO is odorless, TMA has a fishy smell. The Monell Chemical Senses Center is a research institute with a program to evaluate people with odor complaints for TMAU...
February 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195382/contribution-of-atm-and-atr-kinase-pathways-to-p53-mediated-response-in-etoposide-and-methyl-methanesulfonate-induced-dna-damage
#10
Bin Sun, Susan M Ross, Sean Rowley, Yeyejide Adeleye, Rebecca A Clewell
p53 is a key integrator of cellular response to DNA damage, supporting post-translational repair and driving transcription-mediated responses including cell cycle arrest, apoptosis, and repair. DNA damage sensing kinases recognize different types of DNA damage and initiate specific responses through various post-translational modifications of p53. This study evaluated chemical specificity of the p53 pathway response by manipulating p53 or its upstream kinases and assessing the effect on DNA damage and cellular responses to prototype chemicals: etoposide (ETP, topoisomerase II inhibitor) and methyl methane sulfonate (MMS, alkylating agent)...
February 14, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195191/polymodal-responses-in-c-elegans-phasmid-neurons-rely-on-multiple-intracellular-and-intercellular-signaling-pathways
#11
Wenjuan Zou, Hankui Cheng, Shitian Li, Xiaomin Yue, Yadan Xue, Sixi Chen, Lijun Kang
Animals utilize specialized sensory neurons enabling the detection of a wide range of environmental stimuli from the presence of toxic chemicals to that of touch. However, how these neurons discriminate between different kinds of stimuli remains poorly understood. By combining in vivo calcium imaging and molecular genetic manipulation, here we investigate the response patterns and the underlying mechanisms of the C. elegans phasmid neurons PHA/PHB to a variety of sensory stimuli. Our observations demonstrate that PHA/PHB neurons are polymodal sensory neurons which sense harmful chemicals, hyperosmotic solutions and mechanical stimulation...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195158/infection-derived-lipids-elicit-an-immune-deficiency-circuit-in-arthropods
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Dana K Shaw, Xiaowei Wang, Lindsey J Brown, Adela S Oliva Chávez, Kathryn E Reif, Alexis A Smith, Alison J Scott, Erin E McClure, Vishant M Boradia, Holly L Hammond, Eric J Sundberg, Greg A Snyder, Lei Liu, Kathleen DePonte, Margarita Villar, Massaro W Ueti, José de la Fuente, Robert K Ernst, Utpal Pal, Erol Fikrig, Joao H F Pedra
The insect immune deficiency (IMD) pathway resembles the tumour necrosis factor receptor network in mammals and senses diaminopimelic-type peptidoglycans present in Gram-negative bacteria. Whether unidentified chemical moieties activate the IMD signalling cascade remains unknown. Here, we show that infection-derived lipids 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoglycerol (POPG) and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl diacylglycerol (PODAG) stimulate the IMD pathway of ticks. The tick IMD network protects against colonization by three distinct bacteria, that is the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and the rickettsial agents Anaplasma phagocytophilum and A...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193061/metal-organic-frameworks-for-resonant-gravimetric-detection-of-trace-level-xylene-molecules
#13
Tao Xu, Pengcheng Xu, Dan Zheng, Haitao Yu, Xinxin Li
As one of typical VOCs, xylene is seriously harmful to human health. Nowadays, however, there is really lack of portable sensing method to directly detect environmental xylene that has chemical inertness. Especially when the concentration of xylene is lower than the human olfactory threshold of 470 ppb, people are indeed hard to be aware of and avoid this harmful vapor. Herein the metal-organic framework (MOF) of HKUST-1 is first explored for sensing to the nonpolar molecule of p-xylene. And the sensing mechanism is identified that is via host-guest interaction of MOF with xylene molecule...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193040/wettability-switching-of-electrode-for-signal-amplification-conversion-of-conformational-change-of-stimuli-responsive-polymer-into-enhanced-electrochemical-chiral-analysis
#14
Shushu Ding, Sumei Cao, Anwei Zhu, Guoyue Shi
Signal amplification of chiral interaction is a much needed task for sensing of enantiomers due to nearly identical chemical and physical properties of the chiral isomers. In this article, we established an electrochemical chiral sensing method with high sensitivity and selectivity for monosacharrides based on the stimuli-responsive copolymer/graphene hybrid-modified screen-printed carbon electrodes. The hybrid synthesized by the "grafting from" atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) process not only acted as a chiral recognition element but also provided a chiral signal amplification strategy...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192949/one-pot-synthesis-of-fluorescent-silicon-nanoparticles-for-sensitive-and-selective-determination-of-2-4-6-trinitrophenol-in-aqueous-solution
#15
Yangxia Han, Yonglei Chen, Jie Feng, Juanjuan Liu, Sudai Ma, Xingguo Chen
Since 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) and its analogues such as 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) possess similar chemical structures and properties, the reliable and accurate detection of TNP from its analogues still remained a challenging task. In the present work, a selective and sensitive method based on the water-soluble silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs) for the determination of TNP was established. The SiNPs with good thermostability and excellent anti-photobleaching capability were prepared via a simple one-pot method...
February 10, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190566/effects-of-wireless-packet-loss-in-industrial-process-control-systems
#16
Yongkang Liu, Richard Candell, Nader Moayeri
Timely and reliable sensing and actuation control are essential in networked control. This depends on not only the precision/quality of the sensors and actuators used but also on how well the communications links between the field instruments and the controller have been designed. Wireless networking offers simple deployment, reconfigurability, scalability, and reduced operational expenditure, and is easier to upgrade than wired solutions. However, the adoption of wireless networking has been slow in industrial process control due to the stochastic and less than 100% reliable nature of wireless communications and lack of a model to evaluate the effects of such communications imperfections on the overall control performance...
February 9, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187943/valuable-compounds-from-sewage-sludge-by-thermal-hydrolysis-and-wet-oxidation-a-review
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REVIEW
Octavio Suárez-Iglesias, José Luis Urrea, Paula Oulego, Sergio Collado, Mario Díaz
Sewage sludge is considered a costly waste, whose benefit has received a lot of attention for decades. In this sense, a variety of promising technologies, such as thermal hydrolysis and wet oxidation, are currently employed. Thermal hydrolysis is used as a pretreatment step ahead of anaerobic digestion processes and wet oxidation is intended for the solubilization and partial oxidation of the sludge. Such processes could be utilized for solubilizing polysaccharides, lipids, fragments of them and phosphorus (thermal hydrolysis) or for generating carboxylic acids (wet oxidation)...
February 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186408/functional-microgels-and-microgel-systems
#18
Felix A Plamper, Walter Richtering
Microgels are macromolecular networks swollen by the solvent in which they are dissolved. They are unique systems that are distinctly different from common colloids, such as, e.g., rigid nanoparticles, flexible macromolecules, micelles, or vesicles. The size of the microgel networks is in the range of several micrometers down to nanometers (then sometimes called "nanogels"). In a collapsed state, they might resemble hard colloids but they can still contain significant amounts of solvent. When swollen, they are soft and have a fuzzy surface with dangling chains...
February 10, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183868/separation-of-different-pollen-types-by-chemotactile-sensing-in-bombus-terrestris
#19
Fabian A Ruedenauer, Sara D Leonhardt, Fabian Schmalz, Wolfgang Rössler, Martin F Strube-Bloss
When tasting food, animals rely on chemical and tactile cues, which determine the animal's decision on whether or not to eat food. As food nutritional composition has enormous consequences for the survival of animals, food items should generally be tasted before they are eaten or collected for later consumption. Even though recent studies confirmed the importance of e.g. gustatory cues, compared to olfaction only little is known about the representation of chemotactile stimuli at the receptor level (let alone higher brain centers) in animals other than vertebrates...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183656/facile-synthesis-of-carbon-dot-and-residual-carbon-nanobeads-implications-for-ion-sensing-medicinal-and-biological-applications
#20
Rohit Ranganathan Gaddam, Sudip Mukherjee, Neelambaram Punugupati, D Vasudevan, Chitta Ranjan Patra, Ramanuj Narayan, Raju Vsn Kothapalli
Synthesis of carbon dots (Cdots) via chemical route involves disintegration of carbon materials into nano-domains, wherein, after extraction of Cdots, the remaining carbon material is discarded. The present work focuses on studying even the leftover carbon residue namely, carbon nanobeads (CNBs) as an equally important material for applications on par with that of carbon dot. It employs oxidative treatment of carbonised gum olibanum resin (GOR) to produce the carbons namely Cdots and CNBs (as the residue). The Cdots (~5-10nm) exhibit blue-green fluorescence with an optical absorption at ~300nm unlike the CNBs (40-50nm) which fail to exhibit fluorescence...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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