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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820488/phase-behaviour-and-miscibility-studies-of-collagen-silk-fibroin-macromolecular-system-in-dilute-solutions-and-solid-state
#1
Ima Ghaeli, Mariana A de Moraes, Marisa M Beppu, Katarzyna Lewandowska, Alina Sionkowska, Frederico Ferreira-da-Silva, Maria P Ferraz, Fernando J Monteiro
Miscibility is an important issue in biopolymer blends for analysis of the behavior of polymer pairs through the detection of phase separation and improvement of the mechanical and physical properties of the blend. This study presents the formulation of a stable and one-phase mixture of collagen and regenerated silk fibroin (RSF), with the highest miscibility ratio between these two macromolecules, through inducing electrostatic interactions, using salt ions. For this aim, a ternary phase diagram was experimentally built for the mixtures, based on observations of phase behavior of blend solutions with various ratios...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820482/in-situ-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-the-polyelectrolyte-coated-sericin-pva-film-for-enhanced-antibacterial-application
#2
Rui Cai, Gang Tao, Huawei He, Pengchao Guo, Meirong Yang, Chaoxiang Ding, Hua Zuo, Lingyan Wang, Ping Zhao, Yejing Wang
To develop silk sericin (SS) as a potential antibacterial biomaterial, a novel composite of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) coated sericin/poly(vinyl alcohol) (SS/PVA) film modified with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) has been developed using a layer-by-layer assembly technique and ultraviolet-assisted AgNPs synthesis method. Ag ions were enriched by PEMs via the electrostatic attraction between Ag ions and PEMs, and then reduced to AgNPs in situ with the assistance of ultraviolet irradiation. PEMs facilitated the high-density growth of AgNPs and protected the synthesized AgNPs due to the formation of a 3D matrix, and thus endowed SS/PVA film with highly effective and durable antibacterial activity...
August 18, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820420/alterations-in-placenta-redox-status-during-experimental-model-of-hypoxia-induced-preeclampsia
#3
A Sharashenidze, L Panchulidze, T Sanikidze
An important pathogenetic link of preeclampsia (PE) is hypoxia of uterine-placental tissues, accompanied by damage of the vascular endothelium and the release of vasoactive mediators, violate vascular tone and microcirculation in the maternal organism and placenta and development of a number of pathological processes in the mother's and fetus body. The aim of the study was to establish metabolic abnormalities of oxidative metabolism of the placenta during experimental model of PE (uterine/placental hypoxia)...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820237/a-conformal-silk-azobenzene-composite-for-optically-switchable-diffractive-structures
#4
Giovanna Palermo, Luca Barberi, Giovanni Perotto, Roberto Caputo, Luciano De Sio, Cesare Umeton, Fiorenzo G Omenetto
The use of biomaterials as optical components has recently attracted attention because of their ease of functionalization and fabrication, along with their potential use when integrated with biological materials. We present here an observation of the optical properties of a silk-azobenzene material (Azosilk) and demonstrate the operation of an Azosilk/PDMS composite structure that serves as a conformable and switchable optical diffractive structure. Characterization of thermal and isomeric properties of the device, along with its overall performance, is presented in terms of diffractive characteristics and response times...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820140/clarity-of-objectives-and-working-principles-enhances-the-success-of-biomimetic-programs
#5
Jonas Wolff, David Wells, Chris Reid, Sean John Blamires
Biomimetics, the transfer of functional principles from living systems into product designs, is increasingly being utilized by engineers. Nevertheless, recurring problems must be overcome if it is to avoid becoming a short-lived fad. Here we assess the efficiency and suitability of methods typically employed by examining three flagship examples of biomimetic design approaches from different disciplines: (1) the creation of gecko-inspired adhesives; (2) the synthesis of spider silk, and (3) the derivation of computer algorithms from natural self-organizing systems...
August 18, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819314/a-symbiotic-like-biologically-driven-regenerating-fabric
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Neta Raab, Joe Davis, Rachel Spokoini-Stern, Moran Kopel, Ehud Banin, Ido Bachelet
Living organisms constantly maintain their structural and biochemical integrity by the critical means of response, healing, and regeneration. Inanimate objects, on the other hand, are axiomatically considered incapable of responding to damage and healing it, leading to the profound negative environmental impact of their continuous manufacturing and trashing. Objects with such biological properties would be a significant step towards sustainable technology. In this work we present a feasible strategy for driving regeneration in fabric by means of integration with a bacterial biofilm to obtain a symbiotic-like hybrid - the fabric provides structural framework to the biofilm and supports its growth, whereas the biofilm responds to mechanical tear by synthesizing a silk protein engineered to self-assemble upon secretion from the cells...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819239/sequential-conformational-transitions-and-%C3%AE-helical-supercoiling-regulate-a-sensor-histidine-kinase
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Oskar Berntsson, Ralph P Diensthuber, Matthijs R Panman, Alexander Björling, Emil Gustavsson, Maria Hoernke, Ashley J Hughes, Léocadie Henry, Stephan Niebling, Heikki Takala, Janne A Ihalainen, Gemma Newby, Silke Kerruth, Joachim Heberle, Marianne Liebi, Andreas Menzel, Robert Henning, Irina Kosheleva, Andreas Möglich, Sebastian Westenhoff
Sensor histidine kinases are central to sensing in bacteria and in plants. They usually contain sensor, linker, and kinase modules and the structure of many of these components is known. However, it is unclear how the kinase module is structurally regulated. Here, we use nano- to millisecond time-resolved X-ray scattering to visualize the solution structural changes that occur when the light-sensitive model histidine kinase YF1 is activated by blue light. We find that the coiled coil linker and the attached histidine kinase domains undergo a left handed rotation within microseconds...
August 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819237/disruption-of-the-plant-specific-cfs1-gene-impairs-autophagosome-turnover-and-triggers-eds1-dependent-cell-death
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Arpaporn Sutipatanasomboon, Stefanie Herberth, Ellen G Alwood, Heidrun Häweker, Britta Müller, Mojgan Shahriari, Anke Y Zienert, Birger Marin, Silke Robatzek, Gerrit J K Praefcke, Kathryn R Ayscough, Martin Hülskamp, Swen Schellmann
Cell death, autophagy and endosomal sorting contribute to many physiological, developmental and immunological processes in plants. They are mechanistically interconnected and interdependent, but the molecular basis of their mutual regulation has only begun to emerge in plants. Here, we describe the identification and molecular characterization of CELL DEATH RELATED ENDOSOMAL FYVE/SYLF PROTEIN 1 (CFS1). The CFS1 protein interacts with the ENDOSOMAL SORTING COMPLEX REQUIRED FOR TRANSPORT I (ESCRT-I) component ELCH (ELC) and is localized at ESCRT-I-positive late endosomes likely through its PI3P and actin binding SH3YL1 Ysc84/Lsb4p Lsb3p plant FYVE (SYLF) domain...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819179/identification-of-polo-like-kinases-as-potential-novel-drug-targets-for-influenza-a-virus
#9
Marie O Pohl, Jessica von Recum-Knepper, Ariel Rodriguez-Frandsen, Caroline Lanz, Emilio Yángüez, Stephen Soonthornvacharin, Thorsten Wolff, Sumit K Chanda, Silke Stertz
In recent years genome-wide RNAi screens have revealed hundreds of cellular factors required for influenza virus infections in human cells. The long-term goal is to establish some of them as drug targets for the development of the next generation of antivirals against influenza. We found that several members of the polo-like kinases (PLK), a family of serine/threonine kinases with well-known roles in cell cycle regulation, were identified as hits in four different RNAi screens and we therefore studied their potential as drug target for influenza...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819135/ribosomal-transcription-is-regulated-by-pgc-1alpha-and-disturbed-in-huntington-s-disease
#10
Sarah Jesse, Hanna Bayer, Marius C Alupei, Martina Zügel, Medhanie Mulaw, Francesca Tuorto, Silke Malmsheimer, Karmveer Singh, Jürgen Steinacker, Uwe Schumann, Albert C Ludolph, Karin Scharffetter-Kochanek, Anke Witting, Patrick Weydt, Sebastian Iben
PGC-1α is a versatile inducer of mitochondrial biogenesis and responsive to the changing energy demands of the cell. As mitochondrial ATP production requires proteins that derive from translation products of cytosolic ribosomes, we asked whether PGC-1α directly takes part in ribosomal biogenesis. Here, we show that a fraction of cellular PGC-1α localizes to the nucleolus, the site of ribosomal transcription by RNA polymerase I. Upon activation PGC-1α associates with the ribosomal DNA and boosts recruitment of RNA polymerase I and UBF to the rDNA promoter...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819120/dual-delivery-of-fgf-2-ctgf-from-silk-fibroin-plcl-peo-coaxial-fibers-enhances-msc-proliferation-and-fibrogenesis
#11
Ruodan Xu, Huiling Zhao, Hanif Muhammad, Mingdong Dong, Flemming Besenbacher, Menglin Chen
The success of mesenchymal stem cell transplantation is highly dependent on their survival and controlled fate regulation. This study demonstrates that dual-delivery of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2) from a core-shell fiber of Silk Fibroin/poly(L-lactic acid-co-ε-caprolactone)-polyethylene oxide (SF/PLCL-PEO) enhanced fibrogenic lineage differentiation of MSCs. The core-shell structure was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), fluorescence microscopy and attenuated total reflection (ATR) Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817694/a-new-holistic-3d-non-invasive-analysis-of-cellular-distribution-and-motility-on-fibroin-alginate-microcarriers-using-light-sheet-fluorescent-microscopy
#12
Serena Duchi, Filippo Piccinini, Michela Pierini, Alessandro Bevilacqua, Maria Luisa Torre, Enrico Lucarelli, Spartaco Santi
Cell interaction with biomaterials is one of the keystones to developing medical devices for tissue engineering applications. Biomaterials are the scaffolds that give three-dimensional support to the cells, and are vectors that deliver the cells to the injured tissue requiring repair. Features of biomaterials can influence the behaviour of the cells and consequently the efficacy of the tissue-engineered product. The adhesion, distribution and motility of the seeded cells onto the scaffold represent key aspects, and must be evaluated in vitro during the product development, especially when the efficacy of a specific tissue-engineered product depends on viable and functional cell loading...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815647/wildlife-disease-ecology-from-the-individual-to-the-population-insights-from-a-long-term-study-of-a-naturally-infected-european-badger-population
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Jenni L McDonald, Andrew Robertson, Matthew J Silk
1. Long-term individual-based datasets on host-pathogen systems are a rare and valuable resource for understanding the infectious disease dynamics in wildlife. A study of European badgers (Meles meles) naturally infected with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) at Woodchester Park in Gloucestershire (UK) has produced a unique dataset, facilitating investigation of a diverse range of epidemiological and ecological questions with implications for disease management. 2. Since the 1970s this badger population has been monitored with a systematic mark-recapture regime yielding a dataset of >15,000 captures of >3000 individuals, providing detailed individual life-history, morphometric, genetic, reproductive and disease data...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812388/silk-nanoparticles-proof-of-lysosomotropic-anticancer-drug-delivery-at-single-cell-resolution
#14
John D Totten, Thidarat Wongpinyochit, F Philipp Seib
Silk nanoparticles are expected to improve chemotherapeutic drug targeting to solid tumours by exploiting tumour pathophysiology, modifying the cellular pharmacokinetics of the payload and ultimately resulting in trafficking to lysosomes and triggering drug release. However, experimental proof for lysosomotropic drug delivery by silk nanoparticles in live cells is lacking and the importance of lysosomal pH and enzymes controlling drug release is currently unknown. Here, we demonstrate, in live single human breast cancer cells, the role of the lysosomal environment in determining silk nanoparticle-mediated drug release...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811498/genome-re-sequencing-reveals-the-history-of-apple-and-supports-a-two-stage-model-for-fruit-enlargement
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Naibin Duan, Yang Bai, Honghe Sun, Nan Wang, Yumin Ma, Mingjun Li, Xin Wang, Chen Jiao, Noah Legall, Linyong Mao, Sibao Wan, Kun Wang, Tianming He, Shouqian Feng, Zongying Zhang, Zhiquan Mao, Xiang Shen, Xiaoliu Chen, Yuanmao Jiang, Shujing Wu, Chengmiao Yin, Shunfeng Ge, Long Yang, Shenghui Jiang, Haifeng Xu, Jingxuan Liu, Deyun Wang, Changzhi Qu, Yicheng Wang, Weifang Zuo, Li Xiang, Chang Liu, Daoyuan Zhang, Yuan Gao, Yimin Xu, Kenong Xu, Thomas Chao, Gennaro Fazio, Huairui Shu, Gan-Yuan Zhong, Lailiang Cheng, Zhangjun Fei, Xuesen Chen
Human selection has reshaped crop genomes. Here we report an apple genome variation map generated through genome sequencing of 117 diverse accessions. A comprehensive model of apple speciation and domestication along the Silk Road is proposed based on evidence from diverse genomic analyses. Cultivated apples likely originate from Malus sieversii in Kazakhstan, followed by intensive introgressions from M. sylvestris. M. sieversii in Xinjiang of China turns out to be an "ancient" isolated ecotype not directly contributing to apple domestication...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808158/the-influence-of-the-gut-microbiota-composition-on-campylobacter-jejuni-colonization-in-chickens
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Zifeng Han, Thomas Willer, Li Li, Colin Pielsticker, Ivan Rychlik, Philippe Velge, Bernd Kaspers, Silke Rautenschlein
Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni)-host-interaction may be affected by the host's gut microbiota through competitive exclusion, metabolites or modification of the immune response. To understand this interaction C. jejuni colonization and local immune responses were compared in chickens with different gut microbiota composition. Birds were treated with an antibiotic cocktail (AT) (Experiment 1 and 2) or raised under germ-free (GF) conditions (Experiment 3). At 18 days post hatch (dph), they were either orally inoculated with 10(4) colony forming units (CFU) of C...
August 14, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807795/d-cycloserine-facilitates-extinction-learning-and-enhances-extinction-related-brain-activation
#17
Anne Klass, Benjamin Glaubitz, Martin Tegenthoff, Silke Lissek
Extinction learning is modulated by N-methyl D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) particularly in prefrontal and hippocampal brain regions. The use of of NMDA agonists in exposure therapy of anxiety disorders has been investigated in various patient groups. Behavioral results showed beneficial effects of pre-learning administration of the partial NMDAR agonist D-Cycloserine (DCS) on therapy success. However, the impact of DCS upon non-fear-related contextual extinction, and associated recruitment of extinction-relevant brain regions is as yet unknown...
August 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807613/identification-and-quantification-and-antioxidant-activity-of-flavonoids-in-different-strains-of-silk-cocoon-bombyx-mori
#18
Supamas Napavichayanun, Oliver Lutz, Martin Fischnaller, Thomas Jakschitz, Günther Bonn, Pornanong Aramwit
Silk cocoon is produced from silkworm (Bombyx mori) to protect itself from outer environment. Various strains of cocoon contain different forms and amounts of flavonoids, which may affect on their antioxidant activity. Moreover, the extraction method would influence the amount of flavonoids extracted. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to identify and quantify the flavonoids in 3 strains of bivoltine Bombyx mori silk cocoon (Chul 1/1; white cocoon, Chul 3/2; greenish cocoon, and Chul 4/2; yellow cocoon) extracted by 6 different solvents including acetone, ethyl acetate, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), ethanol, methanol, and purified water...
August 11, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805825/the-processing-and-heterostructuring-of-silk-with%C3%A2-light
#19
Mehra S Sidhu, Bhupesh Kumar, Kamal P Singh
Spider silk is a tough, elastic and lightweight biomaterial, although there is a lack of tools available for non-invasive processing of silk structures. Here we show that nonlinear multiphoton interactions of silk with few-cycle femtosecond pulses allow the processing and heterostructuring of the material in ambient air. Two qualitatively different responses, bulging by multiphoton absorption and plasma-assisted ablation, are observed for low- and high-peak intensities, respectively. Plasma ablation allows us to make localized nanocuts, microrods, nanotips and periodic patterns with minimal damage while preserving molecular structure...
August 14, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805364/laser-direct-writing-of-tree-shaped-hierarchical-cones-on-a-superhydrophobic-film-for-high-efficiency-water-collection
#20
Meng Wang, Qian Liu, Haoran Zhang, Chuang Wang, Lei Wang, Bingxi Xiang, Yongtao Fan, Chuan Fei Guo, Shuangchen Ruan
Directional water collection has stimulated a great deal of interest because of its potential applications in the field of microfluidics, liquid transportation, fog harvesting, and so forth. There have been some bio or bioinspired structures for directional water collection, from one-dimensional spider silk to two-dimensional star-like patterns to three-dimensional Nepenthes alata. Here we present a simple way for the accurate design and highly controllable driving of tiny droplets: by laser direct writing of hierarchical patterns with modified wettability and desired geometry on a superhydrophobic film, the patterned film can precisely and directionally drive tiny water droplets and dramatically improve the efficiency of water collection with a factor of ∼36 compared with the original superhydrophobic film...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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