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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735229/synthetic-antibody-mimics-for-the-inhibition-of-protein-ligand-interactions
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Christina Haußner, Johannes Lach, Jutta Eichler
The rational/structure-based design and/or combinatorial development of molecules capable of selectively binding to a protein, represents a promising strategy for a range of biomedical applications, in particular the inhibition of disease-associated protein-ligand interactions. The design of such protein binding molecules is often based on an antibody against the target protein, or involves the generation of smaller molecules that retain the binding characteristics of the antibody. Alternatively, protein binding molecules can be selected from protein libraries based on small, stably folded protein scaffolds presenting flexible loops, which are randomized in the libraries...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735000/application-of-pharmacometrics-and-quantitative-systems-pharmacology-to-cancer-therapy-the-example-of-luminal-a-breast-cancer
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Brett Fleisher, Kayla Andrews, Ashley A Brown, Sihem Ait-Oudhia
Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer in women, and the second most frequent cause of cancer-related deaths in women worldwide. It is a heterogeneous disease composed of multiple subtypes with distinct morphologies and clinical implications. Quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) is an emerging discipline bridging systems biology with pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) leveraging the systematic understanding of drugs' efficacy and toxicity. Despite numerous challenges in applying computational methodologies for QSP and mechanism-based PK/PD models to biological, physiological, and pharmacological data, bridging these disciplines has the potential to enhance our understanding of complex disease systems such as BC...
July 19, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734279/a-discrete-fourier-encoded-diagonal-free-experiment-to-simplify-homonuclear-2d-nmr-correlations
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Zebin Huang, Quanshuai Guan, Zhong Chen, Lucio Frydman, Yulan Lin
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has long served as an irreplaceable, versatile tool in physics, chemistry, biology, and materials sciences, owing to its ability to study molecular structure and dynamics in detail. In particular, the connectivity of chemical sites within molecules, and thereby molecular structure, becomes visible by multi-dimensional NMR. Homonuclear correlation experiments are a powerful tool for identifying coupled spins. Generally, diagonal peaks in these correlation spectra display the strongest intensities and do not offer any new information beyond the standard one-dimensional spectrum, whereas weaker, symmetrically placed cross peaks contain most of the coupling information...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734001/control-of-reversible-activation-dynamics-of-ru-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-%C3%AE%C2%BA%C3%A2-c%C3%A2-h%C3%A2-c%C3%A2-h%C3%A2-nh%C3%A2-xy-n-and-the-effect-of-chelate-ligand-variation
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Francisco Martínez-Peña, Ana M Pizarro
The potential use of organometallic ruthenium complexes as anticancer drugs is well known. Here we show a family of activatable tethered ruthenium(II) arene complexes of general formula [Ru(η⁶:κ¹-C₆H₅(C₆H₄)NH₂)(XY)]n+ (closed tether-ring) bearing different chelating XY ligands (XY = aliphatic diamine, phenylenediamine, oxalato, bis(phosphino)ethane). The activation of these complexes (closed-to-open tether conversion) occurs in methanol and dimethylsulfoxide at different rates, and to different reaction extents at equilibrium...
July 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733698/expert-agreed-standards-for-the-selection-and-development-of-cancer-support-group-leaders-an-online-reactive-delphi-study
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Amanda Pomery, Penelope Schofield, Miranda Xhilaga, Karla Gough
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to develop pragmatic, consensus-based minimum standards for the role of a cancer support group leader. Secondly, to produce a structured interview designed to assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of the individuals who seek to undertake the role. METHODS: An expert panel of 73 academics, health professionals, cancer agency workers and cancer support group leaders were invited to participate in a reactive online Delphi study involving three online questionnaire rounds...
July 21, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733650/emergence-of-polysaccharide-membrane-walls-through-macro-space-partitioning-via-interfacial-instability
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Kosuke Okeyoshi, Maiko K Okajima, Tatsuo Kaneko
Living organisms in drying environments build anisotropic structures and exhibit directionality through self-organization of biopolymers. However, the process of macro-scale assembly is still unknown. Here, we introduce a dissipative structure through a non-equilibrium process between hydration and deposition in the drying of a polysaccharide liquid crystalline solution. By controlling the geometries of the evaporation front in a limited space, multiple nuclei emerge to grow vertical membrane walls with macroscopic orientation...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733629/improving-nitrogen-source-utilization-from-defatted-soybean-meal-for-nisin-production-by-enhancing-proteolytic-function-of-lactococcus-lactis-f44
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Jiaheng Liu, Jianjian Zhou, Lihong Wang, Zelin Ma, Guangrong Zhao, Zhiqiang Ge, Hongji Zhu, Jianjun Qiao
Nisin, one kind of natural antimicrobial peptide, is produced by certain Lactococcus lactis strains, which generally require expensive high-quality nitrogen sources due to limited ability of amino acids biosynthesis. Here we use defatted soybean meal (DSM) as sole nitrogen source to support L. lactis growth and nisin production. DSM medium composition and fermentation conditions were optimized using the methods of Plackett-Burman design and central composite design. The highest nisin production of 3879.58 IU/ml was obtained in DSM medium, which was 21...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733623/crystal-structure-of-a-low-molecular-weight-activator-blm-pep-with-yeast-20s-proteasome-insights-into-the-enzyme-activation-mechanism
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Julia Witkowska, Małgorzata Giżyńska, Przemysław Grudnik, Przemysław Golik, Przemysław Karpowicz, Artur Giełdoń, Grzegorz Dubin, Elżbieta Jankowska
Proteasomes are responsible for protein turnover in eukaryotic cells, degrading short-lived species but also removing improperly folded or oxidatively damaged ones. Dysfunction of a proteasome results in gradual accumulation of misfolded/damaged proteins, leading to their aggregation. It has been postulated that proteasome activators may facilitate removal of such aggregation-prone proteins and thus prevent development of neurodegenerative disorders. However, the discovery of pharmacologically relevant compounds is hindered by insufficient structural understanding of the activation process...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733585/robust-hierarchical-3d-carbon-foam-electrode-for-efficient-water-electrolysis
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Tung Ngoc Pham, Tiva Sharifi, Robin Sandström, William Siljebo, Andrey Shchukarev, Krisztian Kordas, Thomas Wågberg, Jyri-Pekka Mikkola
Herein we report a 3D heterostructure comprising a hierarchical macroporous carbon foam that incorporates mesoporous carbon nanotubes decorated with cobalt oxide nanoparticles as an unique and highly efficient electrode material for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in electrocatalytic water splitting. The best performing electrode material showed high stability after 10 h, at constant potential of 1.7 V vs. RHE (reversible hydrogen electrode) in a 0.1 M KOH solution and high electrocatalytic activity in OER with low overpotential (0...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733192/pharmacological-evaluation-of-phytochemicals-from-south-indian-black-turmeric-curcuma-caesia-roxb-to-target-cancer-apoptosis
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K S Mukunthan, R S Satyan, T N Patel
Curcuma caesia Roxb. (Black turmeric), a perennial herb of the family Zingiberaceae is indigenous to India. C. caesia is used as a spice, food preservative and coloring agent commonly in the Indian subcontinent. Functional parametric pharmacological evaluations like drug ability and toxicity profile of this endangered species is poorly documented. In our present study, among all the extracts of dried C. caesia rhizome viz- hexane, ethyl acetate, methanol and water tested for free radical scavenging capacity by total antioxidant activity (TAO) method, Hexane Rhizome Extract (HRE) wzs found to possess remarkable activity (1200mg ascorbic acid equivalent/100g)...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732126/chinese-isms-dimensions-in-mainland-china-and-taiwan-convergence-and-extension-of-american-isms-dimensions
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Zhuo Job Chen, Kung-Yu Hsu, Xinyue Zhou, Gerard Saucier
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies of American-English isms terms have uncovered as many as five broad factors: Tradition-oriented Religiousness (TR), Subjective Spirituality (SS), Communal Rationalism (CR), Unmitigated Self-Interest (USI), and Inequality Aversion (IA). The present studies took a similar lexical approach to investigate the Chinese-language isms structures in both mainland China and Taiwan. METHOD AND RESULTS: In Study 1, exploratory factor analyses with 915 mainland Chinese subjects uncovered four interpretable factors dimensionalizing 165 mainland Chinese dictionary isms terms...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731962/polymorphisms-in-cytochrome-p450-oxidoreductase-and-its-effect-on-drug-metabolism-and-efficacy
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Liang Gong, Cong-Min Zhang, Jin-Feng Lv, Hong-Hao Zhou, Lan Fan
Cytochrome P450 oxidoreductase (POR) has played a potential role in the metabolism of drugs and steroids by supplying electrons to microsomal cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes. More than 200 different POR mutations and polymorphisms causing more than 130 amino acid changes in the POR protein have been reported since 2004. A503V is a common amino acid sequence variant encoded by POR*28, whereas A287P and R457H are the most common disease-causing mutations in Europeans and Asians, respectively. Polymorphisms in the POR gene can affect POR activity, CYP-mediated drug metabolism activities, and the efficacy of several clinically used drugs...
July 20, 2017: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731683/synthesis-and-optical-properties-of-cu6e6-snph-2-pph2et-6-e-s-se-te-cluster-molecules
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Andreas Eichhöfer, Michael Kühn, Sergei Lebedkin, Max Kehry, Manfred M Kappes, Florian Weigend
A homologous series of three copper-tin-chalcogenide cluster molecules [Cu6E6(SnPh)2(PPh2Et)6] (E = S, Se, Te) was synthesized by reactions of CuO(O)CCH3 and PhSnCl3 with E(SiMe3)2 in the presence of PPh2Et. The cluster cage structures are similar, with slight differences in the bridging modes of the respective chalcogenide ligands E. The onset of the optical absorption displays a significant decrease of ca. 1.1 eV on going from sulfur to tellurium. The differences in bonding and electronic excitations can be rationalized by DFT and TDDFT calculations...
July 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731533/improvement-of-d-lactic-acid-production-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-under-acidic-conditions-by-evolutionary-and-rational-metabolic-engineering
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Seung-Ho Baek, Eunice Y Kwon, Sang-Jeong Bae, Bo-Ram Cho, Seon-Young Kim, Ji-Sook Hahn
Microbial lactic acid (LA) production under acidic fermentation conditions is favorable to reduce the production cost, but circumventing LA toxicity is a major challenge. We generated D-LA-producing Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain JHY5610 by expressing D-lactate dehydrogenase gene (Lm. ldhA) from Leuconostoc mesenteroides, while deleting genes involved in ethanol production (ADH1, ADH2, ADH3, ADH4, and ADH5), glycerol production (GPD1 and GPD2), and degradation of D-LA (DLD1). Adaptive laboratory evolution of JHY5610 led to a strain JHY5710 having higher LA tolerance and D-LA-production capability...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731344/correction-to-rational-design-and-synthesis-of-carboxylate-gemini-surfactants-with-an-excellent-aggregate-behavior-for-nano-la2o3-morphology-controllable-preparation
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Xueming Liao, Zhinong Gao, Yan Xia, Fei Niu, Wenzhong Zhai
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July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731332/tuning-the-cavity-size-and-chirality-of-self-assembling-3d-dna-crystals
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Chad R Simmons, Fei Zhang, Tara MacCulloch, Nour Eddine Fahmi, Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Yan Liu, Nadrian C Seeman, Hao Yan
The foundational goal of structural DNA nanotechnology-the field that uses oligonucleotides as a molecular building block for the programmable self-assembly of nanostructured systems-was to use DNA to construct three-dimensional (3D) lattices for solving macromolecular structures. The programmable nature of DNA makes it an ideal system for rationally constructing self-assembled crystals, and immobilizing guest molecules in a repeating 3D array through their specific stereospatial interactions with the scaffold...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731321/conjugation-dependent-interaction-of-folic-acid-with-folate-binding-protein
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Rachel Leah Merzel, Carolina Frey, Junjie Chen, Rachel Garn, Mallory A van Dongen, Casey A Dougherty, Ananda Kandaluru, Philip S Low, E Neil G Marsh, Mark M Banaszak Holl
Serum proteins play a critical role in the transport, uptake, and efficacy of targeted drug therapies, and here we investigate the interactions between folic acid-polymer conjugates and serum folate binding protein (FBP), the soluble form of the cellular membrane-bound folate receptor. We demonstrate that both choice of polymer and method of ligand conjugation affect the interactions between folic acid-polymer conjugates and serum FBP, resulting in changes in the folic acid-induced protein aggregation process...
July 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730671/many-faces-of-rationality-implications-of-the-great-rationality-debate-for-clinical-decision-making
#18
Benjamin Djulbegovic, Shira Elqayam
Given that more than 30% of healthcare costs are wasted on inappropriate care, suboptimal care is increasingly connected to the quality of medical decisions. It has been argued that personal decisions are the leading cause of death, and 80% of healthcare expenditures result from physicians' decisions. Therefore, improving healthcare necessitates improving medical decisions, ie, making decisions (more) rational. Drawing on writings from The Great Rationality Debate from the fields of philosophy, economics, and psychology, we identify core ingredients of rationality commonly encountered across various theoretical models...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730449/rational-engineering-of-a-modular-group-i-ribozyme-to-control-its-activity-by-self-dimerization
#19
Takahiro Tanaka, Yoshiya Ikawa, Shigeyoshi Matsumura
We designed and constructed a dimer of the Tetrahymena group I ribozyme the activity of which is regulated by self-dimerization. This dimer was rationally designed by utilizing the P5abc and ΔP5abc domains as large RNA motifs. This strategy enabled us to install large ribozyme functions into an RNA structure. This is a step toward expanding the field of RNA nanotechnology beyond the limitation of using only relatively small functional motifs. Self-dimerization can also be rationally programmed by modular engineering of RNA interaction motifs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730323/the-pathogenesis-diagnosis-and-management-of-metastatic-tumors-to-the-ovary-a-comprehensive-review
#20
REVIEW
Ondřej Kubeček, Jan Laco, Jiří Špaček, Jiří Petera, Jindřich Kopecký, Alena Kubečková, Stanislav Filip
Secondary tumors of the ovary account for 10-25% of all ovarian malignancies. The most common tumors that give rise to ovarian metastases include breast, colorectal, endometrial, stomach, and appendix cancer. The correct diagnosis of secondary ovarian tumors may be challenging as they are not infrequently misdiagnosed as primary ovarian cancer, particularly in the case of mucinous adenocarcinomas. The distinction from the latter is essential, as it requires different treatment. Immunohistochemistry plays an important role in distinguishing primary ovarian tumors from extra-ovarian metastases and, furthermore, may suggest the primary tumor site...
July 20, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
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