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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924829/diverse-specificity-of-cellulosome-attachment-to-the-bacterial-cell-surface
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Joana L A Brás, Benedita A Pinheiro, Kate Cameron, Fiona Cuskin, Aldino Viegas, Shabir Najmudin, Pedro Bule, Virginia M R Pires, Maria João Romão, Edward A Bayer, Holly L Spencer, Steven Smith, Harry J Gilbert, Victor D Alves, Ana Luísa Carvalho, Carlos M G A Fontes
During the course of evolution, the cellulosome, one of Nature's most intricate multi-enzyme complexes, has been continuously fine-tuned to efficiently deconstruct recalcitrant carbohydrates. To facilitate the uptake of released sugars, anaerobic bacteria use highly ordered protein-protein interactions to recruit these nanomachines to the cell surface. Dockerin modules located within a non-catalytic macromolecular scaffold, whose primary role is to assemble cellulosomal enzymatic subunits, bind cohesin modules of cell envelope proteins, thereby anchoring the cellulosome onto the bacterial cell...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923327/formation-of-nanofibrous-matrices-3d-scaffolds-and-microspheres-from-theory-to-practice
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Chi Ma, Xiaohua Liu
Nanofibrous architecture presents unique biophysical cues to facilitate cellular responses and is considered an indispensable feature of a biomimetic three-dimensional (3D) scaffold and cell carrier. While electrospinning is a widely used method to prepare natural extracellular matrix-like nanofibers, it faces significant challenges to incorporate nanofibrous architecture into well-defined macroporous 3D scaffolds or injectable microspheres. Here we report a non-electrospinning approach that is generally effective at generating nanofibers from a variety of synthetic and natural biodegradable polymers and integrating these nanofibers into (1) 3D scaffolds with constructive geometry and designed internal macropore structures; and (2) injectable microspheres...
December 6, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920698/a-case-of-en-bloc-excision-of-a-chest-wall-leiomyosarcoma-and-closure-of-the-defect-with-non-cross-linked-collagen-matrix-egis-%C3%A2
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Marco Rastrelli, Saveria Tropea, Romina Spina, Alessandra Costa, Roberto Stramare, Simone Mocellin, Maria Giuseppina Bonavina, Carlo Riccardo Rossi
Sarcomas arising from the chest wall account for less than 20% of all soft tissue sarcomas, and at this site, primitive tumors are the most frequent to occur. Leiomyosarcoma is a malignant smooth muscle tumor and the best outcomes are achieved with wide surgical excision. Although advancements have been made in treatment protocols, leiomyosarcoma remains one of the more difficult soft tissue sarcoma to treat. Currently, general local control is obtained with surgical treatment with wide negative margins. We describe the case of a 50-year-old man who underwent a chest wall resection involving a wide portion of the pectoralis major and minor muscle, the serratus and part of the second, third and fourth ribs of the left side...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918967/nanoencapsulation-an-efficient-and-promising-approach-to-maximize-wound-healing-efficacy-of-curcumin-a-review-of-new-trends-and-state-of-the-art
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Zahid Hussain, Hnin Ei Thu, Shiow-Fern Ng, Shahzeb Khan, Haliza Katas
Wound healing is a multifarious and vibrant process of replacing devitalized and damaged cellular structures, leading to restoration of the skin's barrier function, re-establishment of tissue integrity, and maintenance of the internal homeostasis. Curcumin (CUR) and its analogs have gained widespread recognition due to their remarkable anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, anticancer, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, and wound healing activities. However, their pharmaceutical significance is limited due to inherent hydrophobic nature, poor water solubility, low bioavailability, chemical instability, rapid metabolism and short half-life...
November 30, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917931/metagenomic-profiling-of-historic-colorado-front-range-flood-impact-on-distribution-of-riverine-antibiotic-resistance-genes
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Emily Garner, Joshua S Wallace, Gustavo Arango Argoty, Caitlin Wilkinson, Nicole Fahrenfeld, Lenwood S Heath, Liqing Zhang, Mazdak Arabi, Diana S Aga, Amy Pruden
Record-breaking floods in September 2013 caused massive damage to homes and infrastructure across the Colorado Front Range and heavily impacted the Cache La Poudre River watershed. Given the unique nature of this watershed as a test-bed for tracking environmental pathways of antibiotic resistance gene (ARG) dissemination, we sought to determine the impact of extreme flooding on ARG reservoirs in river water and sediment. We utilized high-throughput DNA sequencing to obtain metagenomic profiles of ARGs before and after flooding, and investigated 23 antibiotics and 14 metals as putative selective agents during post-flood recovery...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917069/stereochemical-control-of-enzymatic-carbon-carbon-bond-forming-michael-type-additions-by-substrate-engineering
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Yufeng Miao, Pieter G Tepper, Edzard M Geertsema, Gerrit J Poelarends
The enzyme 4-oxalocrotonate tautomerase (4-OT) promiscuously catalyzes the Michael-type addition of acetaldehyde to β-nitrostyrene derivatives to yield chiral γ-nitroaldehydes, which are important precursors for pharmaceutically active γ-aminobutyric acids. In this study, we investigated the effect of different substituents at the aromatic ring of the Michael acceptor on the catalytic efficiency and stereoselectivity of the 4-OT-catalyzed acetaldehyde addition reactions. Highly enantioenriched (R)- and (S)-γ-nitroaldehydes and 4-substituted chroman-2-ol could be obtained in good to excellent yields by applying different substituents at appropriate positions of the aromatic substrate...
November 2016: European Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914540/evaluation-of-antidesmone-alkaloid-as-a-photosynthesis-inhibitor
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Olívia Moreira Sampaio, Murilo Marinho de Castro Lima, Thiago André Moura Veiga, Beatriz King-Díaz, Maria Fátima das Graças Fernandes da Silva, Blas Lotina-Hennsen
Antidesmone, isolated from Waltheria brachypetala Turcz., owns special structural features as two α,β-unsaturated carbonyl groups and a side alkyl chain that can compete with the quinones involved in the pool of plastoquinones at photosystem II (PSII). In this work, we showed that the alkaloid is an inhibitor of Hill reaction and its target was located at the acceptor side of PSII. Studies of chlorophyll (Chl) a fluorescence showed a J-band that indicates direct action of antidesmone in accumulation of QA(-) (reduced plastoquinone A) due to the electron transport blocked at the QB (plastoquinone B) level similar to DCMU...
November 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914018/encapsulation-of-%C3%AE-sitosterol-in-polyurethane-by-sol-gel-electrospinning
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Musarat Amina, Touseef Amna, Nawal Al-Musayeib, Sami A Zabin, M Shamshi Hassan, Myung-Seob Khil
Pristine β-sitosterol or in combination with other phytosterols is utilized in an array of enriched commercial foods. Considering the presence of β-sitosterol in different functional foods and its potential role in prevention and cure of neurodegenerative diseases, the aims of our investigation were to encapsulate β-sitosterol in nanofibers and to estimate influence of β-sitosterol on proliferation of fibroblasts. Electrospun nanofibers have widely been used as scaffolds to mimic natural extracellular matrix...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911735/computational-protein-design-with-backbone-plasticity
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James T MacDonald, Paul S Freemont
The computational algorithms used in the design of artificial proteins have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, producing a series of remarkable successes. The most dramatic of these is the de novo design of artificial enzymes. The majority of these designs have reused naturally occurring protein structures as 'scaffolds' onto which novel functionality can be grafted without having to redesign the backbone structure. The incorporation of backbone flexibility into protein design is a much more computationally challenging problem due to the greatly increased search space, but promises to remove the limitations of reusing natural protein scaffolds...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907087/prenylated-polyphenols-from-clusiaceae-and-calophyllaceae-with-immunomodulatory-activity-on-endothelial-cells
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Caroline Rouger, Sylvain Pagie, Séverine Derbré, Anne-Marie Le Ray, Pascal Richomme, Béatrice Charreau
Endothelial cells (ECs) are key players in inflammation and immune responses involved in numerous pathologies. Although attempts were experimentally undertaken to prevent and control EC activation, drug leads and probes still remain necessary. Natural products (NPs) from Clusiaceous and Calophyllaceous plants were previously reported as potential candidates to prevent endothelial dysfunction. The present study aimed to identify more precisely the molecular scaffolds that could limit EC activation. Here, 13 polyphenols belonging to 5 different chemical types of secondary metabolites (i...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905494/laser-speckle-rheology-for-evaluating-the-viscoelastic-properties-of-hydrogel-scaffolds
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Zeinab Hajjarian, Hadi Tavakoli Nia, Shawn Ahn, Alan J Grodzinsky, Rakesh K Jain, Seemantini K Nadkarni
Natural and synthetic hydrogel scaffolds exhibit distinct viscoelastic properties at various length scales and deformation rates. Laser Speckle Rheology (LSR) offers a novel, non-contact optical approach for evaluating the frequency-dependent viscoelastic properties of hydrogels. In LSR, a coherent laser beam illuminates the specimen and a high-speed camera acquires the time-varying speckle images. Cross-correlation analysis of frames returns the speckle intensity autocorrelation function, g2(t), from which the frequency-dependent viscoelastic modulus, G*(ω), is deduced...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903929/a-comparison-of-outcomes-of-particulated-juvenile-articular-cartilage-and-bone-marrow-aspirate-concentrate-for-articular-cartilage-lesions-of-the-talus
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Nathan S Lanham, John J Carroll, Minton T Cooper, Venkat Perumal, Joseph S Park
Background Articular cartilage lesions of the talus remain a challenging clinical problem because of the lack of natural regeneration and limited treatment options. Microfracture is often the first-line therapy, however lesions larger than 1.5 cm(2) have been shown to not do as well with this treatment method. Methods The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the outcomes of iliac crest bone marrow aspirate concentrate/collagen scaffold (ICBMA) and particulated juvenile articular cartilage (PJAC) for larger articular cartilage lesions of the talus...
November 30, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900785/a-tryptoline-ring-distortion-strategy-leads-to-complex-and-diverse-biologically-active-molecules-from-the-indole-alkaloid-yohimbine
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Nicholas Paciaroni, Ranjala Ratnayake, James Matthews, Verrill Norwood, Austin Arnold, Long Dang, Hendrik Luesch, Robert William Huigens Iii
High-throughput screening (HTS) is the primary driver to current drug discovery efforts. New therapeutic agents that enter the market are a direct reflection of the structurally simple compounds that make up screening libraries. Unlike medically relevant natural products (e.g., morphine), small molecules currently being screened have low fraction sp3 character and few, if any, stereogenic centers. Although simple compounds have been useful in drugging certain biological targets (e.g., protein kinases), more sophisticated targets (e...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898014/future-prospects-for-scaffolding-methods-and-biomaterials-in-skin-tissue-engineering-a-review
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REVIEW
Atul A Chaudhari, Komal Vig, Dieudonné Radé Baganizi, Rajnish Sahu, Saurabh Dixit, Vida Dennis, Shree Ram Singh, Shreekumar R Pillai
Over centuries, the field of regenerative skin tissue engineering has had several advancements to facilitate faster wound healing and thereby restoration of skin. Skin tissue regeneration is mainly based on the use of suitable scaffold matrices. There are several scaffold types, such as porous, fibrous, microsphere, hydrogel, composite and acellular, etc., with discrete advantages and disadvantages. These scaffolds are either made up of highly biocompatible natural biomaterials, such as collagen, chitosan, etc...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892651/fumarate-copolymer-chitosan-cross-linked-scaffold-directed-to-osteochondrogenic-tissue-engineering
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María Laura Lastra, María Silvina Molinuevo, Ana María Cortizo, María Susana Cortizo
Natural and synthetic cross-linked polymers allow the improvement of cytocompatibility and mechanical properties of the individual polymers. In osteochondral lesions of big size it will be required the use of scaffolds to repair the lesion. In this work a borax cross-linked scaffold based on fumarate-vinyl acetate copolymer and chitosan directed to osteochondrondral tissue engineering is developed. The cross-linked scaffolds and physical blends of the polymers are analyzed in based on their morphology, glass transition temperature, and mechanical properties...
November 28, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891726/everyday-conversation-in-dementia-a-review-of-the-literature-to-inform-research-and-practice
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REVIEW
Jacqueline Kindell, John Keady, Karen Sage, Ray Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: There has been increasing interest in dementia care in recent years, including how practitioners, service providers and society in general can help individuals to live well with the condition. An important aspect to this is provision of advice to ensure conversation partners effectively support the person with dementia in conversation. AIMS: To provide a descriptive review of the literature examining everyday conversation in dementia in order to inform practice and research...
November 27, 2016: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891122/membrane-active-epithelial-keratin-6a-fragments-kamps-are-unique-human-antimicrobial-peptides-with-a-non-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-structure
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Judy T Y Lee, Guangshun Wang, Yu Tong Tam, Connie Tam
Antibiotic resistance is a pressing global health problem that threatens millions of lives each year. Natural antimicrobial peptides and their synthetic derivatives, including peptoids and peptidomimetics, are promising candidates as novel antibiotics. Recently, the C-terminal glycine-rich fragments of human epithelial keratin 6A were found to have bactericidal and cytoprotective activities. Here, we used an improved 2-dimensional NMR method coupled with a new protocol for structural refinement by low temperature simulated annealing to characterize the solution structure of these kerain-derived antimicrobial peptides (KAMPs)...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890820/recent-developments-in-natural-product-based-drug-discovery-for-tuberculosis
#18
REVIEW
Maryline Dong, Bernhard Pfeiffer, Karl-Heinz Altmann
Natural products (NPs) have been at the origin of several established drugs against tuberculosis (TB). Although the current clinical TB pipeline does not feature any candidates derived from new NP scaffolds, numerous novel NP or NP analogs have been discovered in the recent past with promising activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) This includes newly discovered structures as well as known NP classes that had not been previously recognized to be active against Mtb. These compounds could help to replenish the dry clinical TB pipeline and, thus, contribute to improvements in the treatment of a devastating disease...
November 24, 2016: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886552/three-dimensional-electrospun-pcl-pla-blend-nanofibrous-scaffolds-with-significantly-improved-stem-cells-osteogenic-differentiation-and-cranial-bone-formation
#19
Qingqing Yao, Jaqueline G L Cosme, Tao Xu, Jacob M Miszuk, Paulo H S Picciani, Hao Fong, Hongli Sun
Nanofibrous scaffolds that are morphologically/structurally similar to natural ECM are highly interested for tissue engineering; however, the electrospinning technique has the difficulty in directly producing clinically relevant 3D nanofibrous scaffolds with desired structural properties. To address this challenge, we have developed an innovative technique of thermally induced nanofiber self-agglomeration (TISA) recently. The aim of this work was to prepare (via the TISA technique) and evaluate 3D electrospun PCL/PLA blend (mass ratio: 4/1) nanofibrous scaffolds having high porosity of ∼95...
November 15, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885189/-tissue-regenerative-therapies-based-on-regulatory-mechanisms-underlying-bone-and-cartilage-development
#20
Shinsuke Ohba
Regenerative medicine is an approach that maximizes the natural healing ability by modulating regeneration-inducing signals within appropriate cells in combination with scaffolds. Tissue repair processes and developmental processes largely share common molecular mechanisms. Being inspired by the mechanisms, a large number of studies have been carried out on development of efficient systems for bone and cartilage regeneration. It would be the next step in this field to achieve the stability of regenerated tissues by modulating signals and intracellular molecules that are involved in the maintenance and metabolism of the tissues...
2016: Clinical Calcium
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