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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640622/catalytic-asymmetric-synthesis-of-butenolides-and-butyrolactones
#1
Bin Mao, Martín Fañanás-Mastral, Ben L Feringa
γ-Butenolides, γ-butyrolactones, and derivatives, especially in enantiomerically pure form, constitute the structural core of numerous natural products which display an impressive range of biological activities which are important for the development of novel physiological and therapeutic agents. Furthermore, optically active γ-butenolides and γ-butyrolactones serve also as a prominent class of chiral building blocks for the synthesis of diverse biological active compounds and complex molecules. Taking into account the varying biological activity profiles and wide-ranging structural diversity of the optically active γ-butenolide or γ-butyrolactone structure, the development of asymmetric synthetic strategies for assembling such challenging scaffolds has attracted major attention from synthetic chemists in the past decade...
June 22, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640580/a-bio-inspired-alginate-gum-arabic-hydrogel-with-micro-nano-scale-structures-for-controlled-drug-release-in-chronic-wound-healing
#2
Mi Li, Haichang Li, Xiangguang Li, Hua Zhu, Zihui Xu, Lianqing Liu, Jianjie Ma, Mingjun Zhang
Bio-polymeric hydrogels have drawn increasingly research interests in biomaterials due to its tunable physical and chemical properties for both creating bioactive cellular micro-environment and serving as sustainable therapeutic reagents. Inspired by a naturally occurring hydrogel secreted from the carnivorous Sundew plant for trapping insects, here we have developed a bio-inspired hydrogel to deliver mitsugumin53 (MG53), an important protein in cell membrane repair, for chronic wound healing. Both chemical compositions and micro/nano morphological properties inherent from the natural Sundew hydrogel were mimicked using sodium alginate and gum arabic with calcium ion-mediated cross-linking...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636874/next-generation-matrix-metalloproteinase-inhibitors-novel-strategies-bring-new-prospects
#3
REVIEW
Maxim Levin, Yael Udi, Inna Solomonov, Irit Sagi
Enzymatic proteolysis of cell surface proteins and extracellular matrix (ECM) is critical for tissue homeostasis and cell signaling. These proteolytic activities are mediated predominantly by a family of proteases termed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). The growing evidence in recent years that ECM and non-ECM bioactive molecules (e.g., growth factors, cytokines, chemokines, on top of matrikines and matricryptins) have versatile functions redefines our view on the roles matrix remodeling enzymes play in many physiological and pathological processes, and underscores the notion that ECM proteolytic reaction mechanisms represent master switches in the regulation of critical biological processes and govern cell behavior...
June 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636370/an-access-to-fused-tricyclic-%C3%AE-butyrolactones-a-natural-product-like-scaffold
#4
Hanuman Popat Kalmode, Kishor L Handore, D Srinivasa Reddy
Serendipitous findings of an acid mediated skeletal rearrangement of bicyclo-β-ketoester having cyclopropyl ring to access fused tricyclic γ-butyrolactones has been described. This novel transformation has been optimized to 30 mole % p-toluenesulphonic acid (p-TSA) in toluene using Dean-Stark apparatus, where the aldol condensation, cyclopropyl ring opening followed by cyclization took place in a single-pot operation. The resulting tricyclic compounds are interesting chemotype with natural product resemblance, may find useful applications in the future...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636352/prevention-of-marine-biofouling-using-the-natural-allelopathic-compound-batatasin-iii-and-synthetic-analogues
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Lindon W K Moodie, Rozenn Trepos, Gunnar Cervin, Kari Anne Bråthen, Bente Lindgård, Rigmor Reiersen, Patrick Cahill, Henrik Pavia, Claire Hellio, Johan Svenson
The current study reports the first comprehensive evaluation of a class of allelopathic terrestrial natural products as antifoulants in a marine setting. To investigate the antifouling potential of the natural dihydrostilbene scaffold, a library of 22 synthetic dihydrostilbenes with varying substitution patterns, many of which occur naturally in terrestrial plants, were prepared and assessed for their antifouling capacity. The compounds were evaluated in an extensive screen against 16 fouling marine organisms...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636315/fabrication-of-hierarchical-macroporous-biocompatible-scaffolds-by-combining-pickering-high-internal-phase-emulsion-templates-with-three-dimensional-printing
#6
Ting Yang, Yang Hu, Chaoyang Wang, Bernard P Binks
Biocompatible and biodegradable porous scaffolds with adjustable pore structure have aroused increasing interest in bone tissue engineering. Here, we report a facile method to fabricate hierarchical macroporous biocompatible (HmPB) scaffolds by combining Pickering high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) templates with three-dimensional (3D) printing. HmPB scaffolds composed of a polymer matrix of poly(L-lactic acid), PLLA, and poly(ε-caprolactone), PCL, are readily fabricated by solvent evaporation of 3D printed Pickering HIPEs which are stabilized by hydrophobically modified silica nanoparticles (h-SiO2)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636311/insights-into-integrated-lead-generation-and-target-identification-in-malaria-and-tuberculosis-drug-discovery
#7
John Okombo, Kelly Chibale
New, safe and effective drugs are urgently needed to treat and control malaria and tuberculosis, which affect millions of people annually. However, financial return on investment in the poor settings where these diseases are mostly prevalent is very minimal to support market-driven drug discovery and development. Moreover, the imminent loss of therapeutic lifespan of existing therapies due to evolution and spread of drug resistance further compounds the urgency to identify novel effective drugs. However, the advent of new public-private partnerships focused on tropical diseases and the recent release of large data sets by pharmaceutical companies on antimalarial and antituberculosis compounds derived from phenotypic whole cell high throughput screening have spurred renewed interest and opened new frontiers in malaria and tuberculosis drug discovery...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636010/engineering-multi-functional-bacterial-outer-membrane-vesicles-as-modular-nanodevices-for-biosensing-and-bioimaging
#8
Qi Chen, Sharon Rozovsky, Wilfred Chen
Outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) are proteoliposomes derived from the outer membrane and periplasmic space of many Gram-negative bacteria including E. coli as part of their natural growth cycle. Inspired by the natural ability of E. coli to sort proteins to both the exterior and interior of OMVs, we reported here a one-pot synthesis approach to engineer multi-functionalized OMV-based sensors for both antigen binding and signal generation. SlyB, a native lipoprotein, was used a fusion partner to package nanoluciferase (Nluc) within OMVs, while a previously developed INP-Scaf3 surface scaffold was fused to the Z-domain for antibody recruiting...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635132/the-fabrication-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-nanofiber-composites-by-electrospinning-and-their-applications-in-tissue-engineering
#9
REVIEW
Chris J Mortimer, Chris J Wright
This paper reviews the use of iron oxide nanoparticle-nanofiber composites in tissue engineering with a focus on the electrospinning technique. Electrospinning is an established method of scaffold fabrication offering a number of key advantages which include its facile nature, with electrospun materials offering a high surface area to volume ratio, potential for the release of drugs and antimicrobials, controllable fiber diameters and high porosity and permeability. A number of different techniques for the preparation of iron oxide nanoparticles including their functionalization are discussed along with their applications in the biomedical field...
June 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634774/learning-from-synthetic-models-of-extracellular-matrix-differential-binding-of-wild-type-and-amyloidogenic-human-apolipoprotein-a-i-to-hydrogels-formed-from-molecules-having-charges-similar-to-those-found-in-natural-gags
#10
Silvana A Rosú, Leandro Toledo, Bruno F Urbano, Susana A Sanchez, Graciela C Calabrese, M Alejandra Tricerri
Among other components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), glycoproteins and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) have been strongly associated to the retention or misfolding of different proteins inducing the formation of deposits in amyloid diseases. The composition of these molecules is highly diverse and a key issue seems to be the equilibrium between physiological and pathological events. In order to have a model in which the composition of the matrix could be finely controlled, we designed and synthesized crosslinked hydrophilic polymers, the so-called hydrogels varying the amounts of negative charges and hydroxyl groups that are prevalent in GAGs...
June 20, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633566/microsphere-based-scaffolds-in-regenerative-engineering
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Vineet Gupta, Yusuf Khan, Cory J Berkland, Cato T Laurencin, Michael S Detamore
Microspheres have long been used in drug delivery applications because of their controlled release capabilities. They have increasingly served as the fundamental building block for fabricating scaffolds for regenerative engineering because of their ability to provide a porous network, offer high-resolution control over spatial organization, and deliver growth factors/drugs and/or nanophase materials. Because they provide physicochemical gradients via spatiotemporal release of bioactive factors and nanophase ceramics, microspheres are a desirable tool for engineering complex tissues and biological interfaces...
June 21, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631375/3d-mimicry-of-native-tissue-fiber-architecture-guides-tendon-derived-cells-and-adipose-stem-cells-into-artificial-tendon-constructs
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Mariana Laranjeira, Rui M A Domingues, Raquel Costa-Almeida, Rui L Reis, Manuela E Gomes
Tendon and ligament (T/L) function is intrinsically related with their unique hierarchically and anisotropically organized extracellular matrix. Their natural healing capacity is, however, limited. Here, continuous and aligned electrospun nanofiber threads (CANT) based on synthetic/natural polymer blends mechanically reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals are produced to replicate the nanoscale collagen fibrils grouped into microscale collagen fibers that compose the native T/L. CANT are then incrementally assembled into 3D hierarchical scaffolds, resulting in woven constructions, which simultaneously mimic T/L nano-to-macro architecture, nanotopography, and nonlinear biomechanical behavior...
June 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630292/tetrahydrobiopterin-regulates-monoamine-neurotransmitter-sulfonation
#13
Ian Cook, Ting Wang, Thomas S Leyh
Monoamine neurotransmitters are among the hundreds of signaling small molecules whose target interactions are switched "on" and "off" via transfer of the sulfuryl-moiety (-SO3) from PAPS (3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphosulfate) to the hydroxyls and amines of their scaffolds. These transfer reactions are catalyzed by a small family of broad-specificity enzymes-the human cytosolic sulfotransferases (SULTs). The first structure of a SULT allosteric-binding site (that of SULT1A1) has recently come to light. The site is conserved among SULT1 family members and is promiscuous-it binds catechins, a naturally occurring family of flavanols...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629081/optimized-composition-of-nanocomposite-scaffolds-formed-from-silk-fibroin-and-nano-tio2-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#14
N Johari, H R Madaah Hosseini, A Samadikuchaksaraei
Natural silk fibroin (SF) polymer has biomedical and mechanical properties as a biomaterial for bone tissue engineering scaffolds. Freeze-dried porous nanocomposite scaffolds were prepared from silk fibroin and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles as a bioactive reinforcing agent by a phase separation method. In order to fabricate SF/TiO2 scaffolds, 5, 10, 15 and 20wt% of the TiO2 were added to the SF. The phase structure, functional groups and morphology of the scaffolds were evaluated using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy techniques, respectively...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629037/regenerated-egg-white-silk-fibroin-composite-films-for-biomedical-applications
#15
Renchuan You, Jie Zhang, Shaojin Gu, Yingshan Zhou, Xiufang Li, Dezhan Ye, Weilin Xu
Protein-based composites have always been desirable biomaterials as they can be fabricated into a wide range of biomaterials with tunable properties, including modulation of mechanical properties and control of cell responses. Both egg white protein (EW) and silk fibroin (SF) are biocompatible, biodegradable, non-toxic and naturally abundant biopolymers. In order to obtain biocompatible composite films with tunable performance, EW and SF were blended at various ratios. Raising the SF ratio in the composite films significantly increased breaking strength, but impaired flexibility...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629025/polycaprolactone-and-polycaprolactone-ceramic-based-3d-bioplotted-porous-scaffolds-for-bone-regeneration-a-comparative-study
#16
K K Gómez-Lizárraga, C Flores-Morales, M L Del Prado-Audelo, M A Álvarez-Pérez, M C Piña-Barba, C Escobedo
One of the critical challenges that scaffolding faces in the organ and tissue regeneration field lies in mimicking the structure, and the chemical and biological properties of natural tissue. A high-level control over the architecture, mechanical properties and composition of the materials in contact with cells is essential to overcome such challenge. Therefore, definition of the method, materials and parameters for the production of scaffolds during the fabrication stage is critical. With the recent emergence of rapid prototyping (RP), it is now possible to create three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds with the essential characteristics for the proliferation and regeneration of tissues, such as porosity, mechanical strength, pore size and pore interconnectivity, and biocompatibility...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627170/role-of-the-nozaki-hiyama-takai-kishi-reaction-in-the-synthesis-of-natural-products
#17
Alejandro Gil, Fernando Albericio, Mercedes Álvarez
The Nozaki-Hiyama-Takai-Kishi (NHTK) reaction was discovered in the late 1970s and, since then, its main application has been its use in total synthesis. In this comprehensive review, the efficiency of the NHKT reaction in the synthesis of a great number of different scaffolds present in complex natural products is analyzed. The preparation of enol and allylic and propargylic alcohol motifs is discussed, highlighting factors such as yield, chemoselectivity, stereoselectivity, or the importance of protecting groups...
June 19, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622962/synergistic-structures-from-magnetic-freeze-casting-with-surface-magnetized-alumina-particles-and-platelets
#18
Michael B Frank, Sze Hei Siu, Keyur Karandikar, Chin-Hung Liu, Steven E Naleway, Michael M Porter, Olivia A Graeve, Joanna McKittrick
Magnetic freeze casting utilizes the freezing of water, a low magnetic field and surface magnetized materials to make multi-axis strengthened porous scaffolds. A much greater magnetic moment was measured for larger magnetized alumina platelets compared with smaller particles, which indicated that more platelet aggregation occurred within slurries. This led to more lamellar wall alignment along the magnetic field direction during magnetic freeze casting at 75 mT. Slurries with varying ratios of magnetized particles to platelets (0:1, 1:3, 1:1, 3:1, 7:1, 1:0) produced porous scaffolds with different structural features and degrees of lamellar wall alignment...
June 3, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622604/tissue-engineered-hypertrophic-chondrocyte-grafts-enhanced-long-bone-repair
#19
Jonathan Bernhard, James Ferguson, Bernhard Rieder, Patrick Heimel, Thomas Nau, Stefan Tangl, Heinz Redl, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Bone has innate ability to regenerate following injury. However, large and complex fractures exceed bone's natural repair capacity and result in non-unions, requiring external intervention to facilitate regeneration. One potential treatment solution, tissue-engineered bone grafts, has been dominated by recapitulating intramembranous ossification (bone formation by osteoblasts), although most serious bone injuries heal by endochondral ossification (bone formation by remodeling of hypertrophic cartilaginous anlage)...
September 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622088/engineering-osteoinductive-biomaterials-by-bioinspired-synthesis-of-apatite-coatings-on-collagen-hydrogels-with-varied-pore-microarchitectures
#20
Jacqueline Lorraine Harding, Matthew Osmond, Melissa Diane Krebs
Biomaterial controlled osteoinduction is influenced by the porous microenvironment and the composition of incorporated calcium orthophosphate (CaPi) polymorphs, however for the design of materials that rival the efficacies of natural grafts a systematic approach to assessing the physicochemical properties that affects cellular differentiation is needed. In this research, we introduce a bioinspired synthetic approach to the mineralization of preformed porous collagen hydrogel scaffolds with tunable apatite coatings...
June 16, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
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