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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732925/analysis-of-staphylococcus-aureus-cell-viability-sublethal-injury-and-death-induced-by-synergistic-combination-of-ultrasound-and-mild-heat
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Jiao Li, Yuanjie Suo, Xinyu Liao, Juhee Ahn, Donghong Liu, Shiguo Chen, Xingqian Ye, Tian Ding
This study was designed to investigate the combined effects of ultrasound and mild heat on the viability of S. aureus in association with the cell membrane integrity and intracellular enzyme activity. Cells were treated by ultrasound under 55°C for 3, 5, 7, 10, and 15min. The dynamic changes of S. aureus cell viability, sublethal injury and death were evaluated using flow cytometric assay. Microscopies were applied to identify the morphological appearance, ultrastructure and topography of S. aureus. The results showed the membrane damage was synchronous with esterase inhibition during the exposure to sonication, leading to the immediate lethal effect...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729765/meta-analysis-study-to-evaluate-the-association-of-mthfr-c677t-polymorphism-with-risk-of-ischemic-stroke
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P A Abhinand, M Manikandan, R Mahalakshmi, P K Ragunath
Ischemic stroke is a condition characterized by reduced blood supply to part of the brain, initiating the ischemic cascade, leading to dysfunction of the brain tissue in that area. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability and is estimated to cause around 5.7 million deaths worldwide. Methyl tetra hydro-folate reductase (MTHFR) is a rate limiting enzyme in the methyl cycle which catalyzes the only biochemical reaction which produces 5, Methyl tetra hydro folate, the co-substrate for the re-methylation of homocystiene to produce methionine...
2017: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721737/a-new-water-soluble-nano-micelle-through-self-assembly-pectin-curcumin-conjugates-preparation-characterization-and-anti-cancer-activity-evaluation
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Feng Bai, Jiajing Diao, Ying Wang, Shixin Sun, Hongmei Zhang, Yunyun Liu, Yanqing Wang, Jian Cao
Curcumin is a dominating active component of curcuma longa and has been studied widely because of its prominent biological activities. Extremely low aqueous solubility, stability and bioavailability of curcumin limits its application in the field of medicine. In this study, we developed pectin-curcumin (PEC-CCM) conjugates which could self-assemble water-soluble nano-micelles in aqueous solution. The structure of PEC-CCM conjugates was characterized by ultraviolet and visible spectra (UV-Vis), fluorescence spectra, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698076/synthesis-and-characterization-of-chitosan-pvp-nanocellulose-composites-for-in-vitro-wound-dressing-application
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R Poonguzhali, S Khaleel Basha, V Sugantha Kumari
Biocompatible Chitosan/Poly (vinyl pyrrolidone)/Nanocellulose (CPN) composites were successfully prepared by solution casting method. The prepared bionanocomposites were characterized by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) spectra. TEM images revealed the average particle size of the nanocellulose is 6.1nm. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that the thermal stability of the composites was decreased with increasing concentration of nanocellulose...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693035/k2p2-1-trek-1-activator-complexes-reveal-a-cryptic-selectivity-filter-binding-site
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Marco Lolicato, Cristina Arrigoni, Takahiro Mori, Yoko Sekioka, Clifford Bryant, Kimberly A Clark, Daniel L Minor
Polymodal thermo- and mechanosensitive two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channels of the TREK subfamily generate 'leak' currents that regulate neuronal excitability, respond to lipids, temperature and mechanical stretch, and influence pain, temperature perception and anaesthetic responses. These dimeric voltage-gated ion channel (VGIC) superfamily members have a unique topology comprising two pore-forming regions per subunit. In contrast to other potassium channels, K2P channels use a selectivity filter 'C-type' gate as the principal gating site...
July 10, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677589/regeneration-of-periapical-lesions-post-endodontic-treatment-and-periapical-surgeries-in-experimental-animals-utilizing-thermo-responsive-nano-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate-chitosan-hydrogel-a-proof-of-concept
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Wafa I Abdel-Fattah, Salma Hassan El Ashry, Ghareib W Ali, Mohamed Aiad Abdel Hamid, Amina Gamal El-Din, Bassma El-Ashry
Using phosphate nanoparticles/polymeric hydrogels presents an interesting approach, especially concerning the reduced particle migration and enhanced biocompatibility. The current work aims to achieve a proof of concept for the development of a thermo-sensitive nano β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP)/chitosan (Cs)/glycerophosphate (Gl)/glyoxal (Gly) hydrogel to be applied in periapical surgeries post endodontic treatment. Physicochemical characterization using x-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared, TEM and SEM was performed...
July 5, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672263/functionalizing-soy-protein-nano-aggregates-with-ph-shifting-and-mano-thermo-sonication
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Gulcin Yildiz, Juan Andrade, Nicki E Engeseth, Hao Feng
Plant protein-mediated nano-delivery systems have gained increasing attention in the food and pharmaceutical industries in recent years. Several physical and chemical methods for improving the functional properties of plant proteins with respect to the native forms have been proposed. This study presents a new approach, which combines pH-shifting and mano-thermo-sonication (MTS) to produce soy protein nano-aggregates with significantly improved functional properties. Soy-protein isolate (SPI) was treated with pH-shifting at pH 12 or in combination with MTS and high-pressure homogenization (HPH)...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656459/involvement-of-thermosensitive-trp-channels-in-energy-metabolism
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Kunitoshi Uchida, Katsuya Dezaki, Takeshi Yoneshiro, Tatsuo Watanabe, Jun Yamazaki, Masayuki Saito, Toshihiko Yada, Makoto Tominaga, Yusaku Iwasaki
To date, 11 thermosensitive transient receptor potential (thermo-TRP) channels have been identified. Recent studies have characterized the mechanism of thermosensing by thermo-TRPs and the physiological role of thermo-TRPs in energy metabolism. In this review, we highlight the role of various thermo-TRPs in energy metabolism and hormone secretion. In the pancreas, TRPM2 and other TRPs regulate insulin secretion. TRPV2 expressed in brown adipocytes contributes to differentiation and/or thermogenesis. Sensory nerves that express TRPV1 promote increased energy expenditure by activating sympathetic nerves and adrenaline secretion...
September 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651974/variants-of-ppulcc-a-multi-dye-decolorizing-laccase-from-pleurotus-pulmonarius-expressed-in-pichia-pastoris
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Christoph J Behrens, Diana Linke, Aldrige B Allister, Katerina Zelena, Ralf G Berger
A laccase of the basidiomycete Pleurotus pulmonarius (PpuLcc) possessed strong decolorizing abilities towards artificial and natural dyes. The PpuLcc was purified from the culture supernatant via FPLC, and the corresponding gene cloned and expressed in Pichia pastoris GS115. To examine the impact of the C-terminal tail region and the signal peptide on the recombinant expression of PpuLcc, a non-modified version or different truncations (-2, -5, -13 AA) of the target protein were combined with different secretion signals...
June 23, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651356/heterologous-expression-in-pichia-pastoris-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-unmodified-sulfatase-from-fusarium-proliferatum-le1
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Svetlana A Korban, Kirill S Bobrov, Maria A Maynskova, Stanislav N Naryzhny, Olga L Vlasova, Elena V Eneyskaya, Anna A Kulmisnkaya
Sulfatases are a family of enzymes (sulfuric ester hydrolases, EC 3.1.6.-) that catalyze the hydrolysis of a wide array of sulfate esters. To date, despite the discovery of many sulfatase genes and the accumulation of data on numerous sulfated molecules, the number of characterized enzymes that are key players in sulfur metabolism remains extremely limited. While mammalian sulfatases are well studied due to their involvement in a wide range of normal and pathological biological processes, lower eukaryotic sulfatases, especially fungal sulfatases, have not been thoroughly investigated at the biochemical and structural level...
June 23, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647221/effect-of-thermo-tolerant-actinomycetes-inoculation-on-cellulose-degradation-and-the-formation-of-humic-substances-during-composting
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Yi Zhao, Yue Zhao, Zhechao Zhang, Yuquan Wei, Huan Wang, Qian Lu, Yanjie Li, Zimin Wei
The inoculum containing four cellulolytic thermophilic actinomycetes was screened from compost samples, and was inoculated into co-composting during different inoculation phases. The effect of different inoculation phases on cellulose degradation, humic substances formation and the relationship between inoculation and physical-chemical parameters was determined. The results revealed that inoculation at different phases of composting improved cellulase activities, accelerated the degradation of cellulose, increased the content of humic substances and influenced the structure of actinomycetic community, but there were significant differences between different inoculation phases...
June 21, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644899/new-insights-in-dehydration-stress-behavior-of-two-maize-hybrids-using-advanced-distributed-reactivity-model-drm-responses-to-the-impact-of-24-epibrassinolide
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Hadi Waisi, Bojan Janković, Marija Janković, Bogdan Nikolić, Ivica Dimkić, Blažo Lalević, Vera Raičević
Proposed distributed reactivity model of dehydration for seedling parts of two various maize hybrids (ZP434, ZP704) was established. Dehydration stresses were induced thermally, which is also accompanied by response of hybrids to heat stress. It was found that an increased value of activation energy counterparts within radicle dehydration of ZP434, with a high concentration of 24-epibrassinolide (24-EBL) at elevated operating temperatures, probably causes activation of diffusion mechanisms in cutin network and may increases likelihood of formation of free volumes, large enough to accommodate diffusing molecule...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644497/novel-tunable-green-red-emitting-oxynitride-phosphors-co-activated-with-ce-3-tb-3-and-eu-3-photoluminescence-and-energy-transfer
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Jiansheng Huo, Langping Dong, Wei Lü, Baiqi Shao, Hongpeng You
A series of novel Ce(3+), Tb(3+) and Eu(3+) ion doped Y4SiAlO8N-based oxynitride phosphors were synthesized by the solid-state method and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence, lifetimes and thermo-luminescence. The excitation of the Ce(3+)/Tb(3+) co-doped and Ce(3+)/Tb(3+)/Eu(3+) tri-doped phosphor with near-UV radiation results in strong linear Tb(3+) green and Eu(3+) red emission. The occurrence of Ce(3+)-Tb(3+) and Ce(3+)-Tb(3+)-Eu(3+) energy transfer processes is responsible for the bright green or red luminescence...
June 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643343/alpha-beta-hydrolases-a-unique-structural-motif-coordinates-catalytic-acid-residue-in-40-protein-fold-families
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Polytimi S Dimitriou, Alexander Denesyuk, Seiji Takahashi, Satoshi Yamashita, Mark S Johnson, Toru Nakayama, Konstantin Denessiouk
The alpha/beta-hydrolases (ABH) are a family of acid-base-nucleophile catalytic triad enzymes with a common fold, but using a wide variety of substrates, having different pH optima, catalyzing unique catalytic reactions and often showing improved chemical and thermo stability. The ABH enzymes are prime targets for protein engineering. Here, we have classified active sites from 51 representative members of 40 structural ABH fold families into eight distinct conserved geometries. We demonstrate the occurrence of a common structural motif, the catalytic acid zone, at the catalytic triad acid turn...
June 23, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633613/thermal-effects-on-cognition-a-new-quantitative-synthesis
#15
José Ignacio López-Sánchez, P A Hancock
There is little doubt that increases in thermal load beyond the thermo-neutral state prove progressively stressful to all living organisms. Increasing temperatures across the globe represent in some locales, and especially for outdoors workers, a significant source of such chronic load increase. However, increases in thermal load affect cognition as well as physical work activities. Such human cognition has perennially been viewed as the primary conduit through which to solve many of the iatrogenic challenges we now face...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632279/%C3%AE%C2%B5-polylysine-based-thermo-responsive-adsorbents-for-immunoglobulin-adsorption-desorption-under-mild-conditions
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Masashi Maruyama, Keisuke Shibuya
Thermo-responsive adsorbents for immunoglobulin G (IgG) employing ε-polylysine (EPL) as a polymer backbone were developed. The introduction of mercaptoethylpyridine (MEP) as an IgG-binding ligand and hydrophobization of side chains afforded thermo-responsive IgG adsorbents, whose thermo-responsive IgG desorption ratio was up to 88% (EPL/MEP derivative 3m). The changes in surface densities of active MEP groups, which are caused by thermal conformational changes of the adsorbents, play key roles for IgG desorption...
June 20, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624369/controlled-drug-release-through-regulated-biodegradation-of-poly-lactic-acid-using-inorganic-salts
#17
Sunil Kumar, Shikha Singh, Sudipta Senapati, Akhand Pratap Singh, Biswajit Ray, Pralay Maiti
Biodegradation rate of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) has been regulated, both increase and decrease with respect to the biodegradation of pure PLA, by embedding meager amount of inorganic salts in polymer matrix. Biodegradation is performed in enzyme medium on suspension and film and the extent of biodegradation is measured through spectroscopic technique which is also verified by weight loss measurement. Media pH has been controlled using trace amount of inorganic salt which eventually control the biodegradation of PLA...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624308/efficient-heterologous-expression-functional-characterization-and-molecular-modeling-of-annular-seabream-digestive-phospholipase-a2
#18
Nabil Smichi, Houcemeddine Othman, Neila Achouri, Alexandre Noiriel, Soumaya Triki, Vincent Arondel, Najet Srairi-Abid, Abdelkarim Abousalham, Youssef Gargouri, Nabil Miled, Ahmed Fendri
Here we report the cDNA cloning of a phospholipase A2 (PLA2) from five Sparidae species. The deduced amino acid sequences show high similarity with pancreatic PLA2. In addition, a phylogenetic tree derived from alignment of various available sequences revealed that Sparidae PLA2 are closer to avian PLA2 group IB than to mammals' ones. In order to understand the structure-function relationships of these enzymes, we report here the recombinant expression in E.coli, the refolding and characterization of His-tagged annular seabream PLA2 (AsPLA2)...
June 14, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605594/rational-design-of-branched-nanoporous-gold-nanoshells-with-enhanced-physico-optical-properties-for-optical-imaging-and-cancer-therapy
#19
Jibin Song, Xiangyu Yang, Zhen Yang, Lisen Lin, Yijing Liu, Zijian Zhou, Zheyu Shen, Guocan Yu, Yunlu Dai, Orit Jacobson, Jeeva Munasinghe, Bryant Yung, Gao-Jun Teng, Xiaoyuan Chen
Reported procedures on the synthesis of gold nanoshells with smooth surfaces have merely demonstrated efficient control of shell thickness and particle size, yet no branch and nanoporous features on the nanoshell have been implemented to date. Herein, we demonstrate the ability to control the roughness and nanoscale porosity of gold nanoshells by using redox-active polymer poly(vinylphenol)-b-(styrene) nanoparticles as reducing agent and template. The porosity and size of the branches on this branched nanoporous gold nanoshell (BAuNSP) material can be facilely adjusted by control of the reaction speed or the reaction time between the redox-active polymer nanoparticles and gold ions (Au(3+))...
June 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597656/enhancing-mechanical-and-thermal-properties-of-epoxy-nanocomposites-via-alignment-of-magnetized-sic-whiskers
#20
James Townsend, Ruslan Burtovyy, Pavel Aprelev, Konstantin G Kornev, Igor Luzinov
This research is focused on the fabrication and properties of epoxy nanocomposites containing magnetized SiC whiskers (MSiCWs). To this end, we report an original strategy for fabrication of magnetically active SiCWs by decorating the whiskers with magnetic (iron oxide) nanoparticles via polymer-polymer (poly(acrylic acid)/poly(2-vinyl pyridine)) complexation. The obtained whiskers demonstrated a substantial magnetic response in the polymerizing epoxy resin, with application of only a 20 mT (200 G) magnetic field...
July 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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