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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448118/diamide-inhibitors-of-the-bacillus-subtilis-n-acetylglucosaminidase-lytg-that-exhibit-anti-bacterial-activity
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Saman Nayyab, Mary O'Connor, Jennifer Brewster, James Gravier, Mitchell Jamieson, Ethan Magno, Ryan Miller, Drew Phelan, Keyana Roohani, Paul G Williard, Amit Basu, Christopher W Reid
N-acetylglucosaminidases (GlcNAcases) play an important role in the remodeling and recycling of bacterial peptidoglycan by degrading the polysaccharide backbone. Genetic deletions of autolysins can impair cell division and growth, suggesting an opportunity for using small molecule autolysin inhibitors as both tools for studying the chemical biology of autolysins and also serving as anti-bacterial agents. We report here the synthesis and evaluation of a panel of diamides that inhibit the growth of Bacillus subtilis...
April 27, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447717/knockdown-of-zfpl1-results-in-increased-autophagy-and-autophagy%C3%A2-related-cell-death-in-nci%C3%A2-n87-and-bgc%C3%A2-823-human-gastric-carcinoma-cell-lines
#2
Yong-Zheng Xie, Wan-Li Ma, Ji-Ming Meng, Xue-Qun Ren
Macroautophagy, which will hereafter be referred to as autophagy, is an evolutionarily conserved process, during which cells recycle and remove damaged organelles and proteins in response to cellular stress. However, the mechanisms underlying the regulation of autophagy remain to be fully elucidated. The present study demonstrated that knockdown of zinc finger protein like 1 (ZFPL1) induces autophagy and increases autophagic cell death in NCI‑N87 and BGC‑823 human gastric carcinoma cell lines. To examine the role of ZFPL1 in gastric carcinoma cells, ZFPL1 expression was downregulated by lentiviral infection...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447703/conserved-effects-and-altered-trafficking-of-cetuximab-antibodies-conjugated-to-gold-nanoparticles-with-precise-control-of-their-number-and-orientation
#3
Lorena García-Fernández, Javier Garcia-Pardo, Olivia Tort, Ian Prior, Mathias Brust, Eudald Casals, Julia Lorenzo, Victor F Puntes
Gold nanoparticles (17 nm) have been functionalized with the antiangiogenic monoclonal antibody drug Cetuximab at a well-defined orientation and coverage density of antibodies. Functionalization has been carried out through site-directed chemistry via the selective oxidation of the carbohydrate moiety of antibodies linked to a thiolated hydrazide. A431 tumor cells have been exposed to these conjugates for in vitro evaluation of their effects. In addition to epithelial growth factor receptor blocking, trafficking and signaling alterations were also observed...
April 27, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447541/sensor-array-for-detection-of-organic-and-inorganic-contaminants-in-post-consumer-recycled-plastics-for-food-contact
#4
Nathan Davis, Jeffery Danes, Keith Vorst
Post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic material is made by collecting used plastic products (e.g., bottles and other plastic packaging materials) and re-processing them into solid-state pellets or flakes. Plastic recycling has positive environmental benefits, but may also carry potential drawbacks due to unwanted organic and inorganic contaminants. These contaminants can migrate into food packaging made from these recycled plastic materials. The purpose of this research was to identify economically viable real-time monitoring technologies that can be used during conversion of virgin and recycled resin feedstocks (i...
April 27, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446907/regulation-and-molecular-basis-of-environmental-muropeptide-uptake-and-utilization-in-fastidious-oral-anaerobe-tannerella-forsythia
#5
Angela Ruscitto, Kiyonobu Honma, Vamsee M Veeramachineni, Kiyoshi Nishikawa, Graham P Stafford, Ashu Sharma
Tannerella forsythia is a Gram-negative oral anaerobe associated with periodontitis. This bacterium is auxotrophic for the peptidoglycan amino sugar N-acetylmuramic (MurNAc) and likely relies on scavenging peptidoglycan fragments (muropeptides) released by cohabiting bacteria during their cell wall recycling. Many Gram-negative bacteria utilize an inner membrane permease, AmpG, to transport peptidoglycan fragments into their cytoplasm. In the T. forsythia genome, the Tanf_08365 ORF has been identified as a homolog of AmpG permease...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446786/how-and-why-do-t-cells-and-their-derived-cytokines-affect-the-injured-and-healthy-brain
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Anthony J Filiano, Sachin P Gadani, Jonathan Kipnis
The evolution of adaptive immunity provides enhanced defence against specific pathogens, as well as homeostatic immune surveillance of all tissues. Despite being 'immune privileged', the CNS uses the assistance of the immune system in physiological and pathological states. In this Opinion article, we discuss the influence of adaptive immunity on recovery after CNS injury and on cognitive and social brain function. We further extend a hypothesis that the pro-social effects of interferon-regulated genes were initially exploited by pathogens to increase host-host transmission, and that these genes were later recycled by the host to form part of an immune defence programme...
April 27, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446782/high-performance-flexible-supercapacitors-obtained-via-recycled-jute-bio-waste-to-energy-storage-approach
#7
Camila Zequine, C K Ranaweera, Z Wang, Petar R Dvornic, P K Kahol, Sweta Singh, Prashant Tripathi, O N Srivastava, Satbir Singh, Bipin Kumar Gupta, Gautam Gupta, Ram K Gupta
In search of affordable, flexible, lightweight, efficient and stable supercapacitors, metal oxides have been shown to provide high charge storage capacity but with poor cyclic stability due to structural damage occurring during the redox process. Here, we develop an efficient flexible supercapacitor obtained by carbonizing abundantly available and recyclable jute. The active material was synthesized from jute by a facile hydrothermal method and its electrochemical performance was further enhanced by chemical activation...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445647/how-will-copper-contamination-constrain-future-global-steel-recycling
#8
Katrin Ellen Daehn, Andre Cabrera Serrenho, Julian M Allwood
Copper in steel causes metallurgical problems, but is pervasive in end-of-life scrap and cannot currently be removed commercially once in the melt. Contamination can be managed to an extent by globally trading scrap for use in tolerant applications and dilution with primary iron sources. However, the viability of long-term strategies can only be evaluated with a complete characterization of copper in the global steel system and this is presented in this paper. The copper concentration of flows along the 2008 steel supply chain is estimated from a survey of literature data and compared with estimates of the maximum concentration that can be tolerated in steel products...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445146/autophagy-and-mitophagy-in-the-context-of-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
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REVIEW
Navid Koleini, Elissavet Kardami
Doxorubicin (Dox) is a cytotoxic drug widely incorporated in various chemotherapy protocols. Severe side effects such as cardiotoxicity, however, limit Dox application. Mechanisms by which Dox promotes cardiac damage and cardiomyocyte cell death have been investigated extensively, but a definitive picture has yet to emerge. Autophagy, regarded generally as a protective mechanism that maintains cell viability by recycling unwanted and damaged cellular constituents, is nevertheless subject to dysregulation having detrimental effects for the cell...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444937/soluble-inorganic-nanoparticle-constructed-porous-coordination-frameworks-as-homogenized-heterogeneous-photocatalysts-for-suzuki-coupling-reaction-under-near-infrared-light
#10
Baodui Wang, Yuting Luo, Yong Peng, Weisheng Liu, Fengjuan Chen
Self-assembly has emerged as a promising method to control the structure and properties of ensembles of inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) for exploiting their collective effects. However, the rational assembly of inorganic NPs into soluble porous architectures as homogenized heterogeneous catalyst has been less studied. Here, we show that inorganic NPs can be used for the assembly of soluble porous coordination frameworks (PCFs) by atom-scale interfacial coordination-driven assembly strategy. Given large pore size, high dispersity in solution, strong absorption in the near-infrared range (NIR), and a long living electron-hole pair, the obtained soluble framework can serve as a platform for homogenize heterogeneous photocatalysts, which exhibited excellent activity, high apparent quantum efficiency, and recyclability to catalyze the noble metal free Suzuki coupling reaction under NIR light at room temperature...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444696/self-assembly-of-luminescent-lanthanide-mesocates-as-efficient-catalysts-for-transforming-co2-into-cyclic-carbonates
#11
Qingxin Han, Li Wang, Zhaohua Shi, Cong Xu, Zhe Dong, Zuolin Mou, Weisheng Liu
Four di-nuclear lanthanide mesocates have been fabricated through a spontaneous self-assembly method, and the formation of these complexes was well studied by their absorption and emission spectra. These stable complexes also exhibit superior catalytic performance and excellent recyclability in catalyzing the coupling reaction between epoxides and CO2. Meanwhile the catalyst can be prepared large scale. Moreover, Yb-complex and Lu-complex can feature near-infrared and visible emission, respectively, the intensity and life time of which could be used to identify the catalysts...
April 25, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443601/self-assembly-of-defect-rich-graphene-oxide-nanosheets-with-na-sub-2-sub-ti-sub-3-sub-o-sub-7-sub-nanowires-and-their-superiorly-absorptive-capacity-towards-to-toxic-dyes
#12
Yibai Sun, Wanlin Fu, Yunqian Dai, Yiyang Huang, Jie Zhou, Chengqian Huang, Chongya Yang, Meiyou Huang, Rongwei Ma, Baoping Lin
Graphene sheets, a flexible two-dimensional material with excellent absorptive capacity, have great potential as absorbing materials. However, it has always been suffering from irreversible aggregation and thus lose the abundant active sites and large surface area. In this paper, large-scale graphene oxide (GO) sheets were cut and reduced into tiny reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets by a cell-break sonicator, for producing numerous defects which is the center of chemisorption. Furthermore, sodium titanate nanowires functioned as a framework help to disperse tiny RGO sheets uniformly...
April 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443502/fe3o4-sio2-kit-6-as-an-efficient-and-reusable-catalyst-for-the-synthesis-of-novel-derivatives-of-3-3-aryl-1-phenyl-1h-pyrazol-4-yl-methylene-bis-1h-indole
#13
Mohammad Nikpassand, Leila Zare Fekri, Mozhdeh Nabatzadeh
Korea advanced institute of science and technology cubic ordered mesoporous silica (KIT-6 mesoporous) silica coated magnetite nanoparticles, is an effective, eco-benign and recyclable catalyst for the electrophilic substitution reactions of indoles with various synthetized aldehydes to afford the corresponding novel diindolylmethanes in high yields and short reaction times. The catalyst can be recovered and reused without loss of activity. The work-up of the reaction consists of a simple separation, followed by concentration of the crude product and purification...
April 25, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443330/mechanisms-by-which-salt-concentration-moderates-the-dynamics-of-human-serum-transferrin
#14
Haleh Abdizadeh, Ali Rana Atilgan, Canan Atilgan
The dynamical and thermodynamic behavior of human transferrin (hTf) protein in saline aqueous solution of various concentrations is studied. hTf is an essential transport protein circulating iron in the blood and delivering it to tissues. It displays highly pH dependent cooperativity between the two lobes each carrying an iron, and forms a tight complex with the receptor during endocytosis, eventually recycled to the serum after iron release. Molecular dynamics simulations are used to investigate the effects of the amount of salt on protein conformation and dynamics to analyze the structure-function relationship in free hTf at serum pH...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442497/an-in-silico-model-of-retinal-cholesterol-dynamics-rcd-model-insights-into-the-pathophysiology-of-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration
#15
Seyedeh Maryam Zekavat, James Lu, Cyrille Maugeais, Norman A Mazer
We developed an in-silico mathematical model of retinal cholesterol (Ch) dynamics (RCD) to quantify the physiological rate of Ch turnover in the rod outer segment (ROS), the lipoprotein transport mechanisms by which Ch enters and leaves the outer retina, and the rates of drusen growth and macrophage-mediated clearance in dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Based on existing experimental data and mechanistic hypotheses, we estimate the Ch turnover rate in the ROS to be 1-6 pg/mm2/min, dependent on the rate of Ch recycling in the outer retina, and find comparable rates for LDL receptor-mediated endocytosis of Ch by the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), ABCA1-mediated Ch transport from the RPE to outer retina, ABCA1-mediated Ch efflux from the RPE to choroid, and the secretion of 70 nm ApoB-Ch particles from the RPE...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441759/synaptic-homeostasis-and-its-immunological-disturbance-in-neuromuscular-junction-disorders
#16
REVIEW
Masaharu Takamori
In the neuromuscular junction, postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) clustering, trans-synaptic communication and synaptic stabilization are modulated by the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity. The synaptic functions are based presynaptically on the active zone architecture, synaptic vesicle proteins, Ca(2+) channels and synaptic vesicle recycling. Postsynaptically, they are based on rapsyn-anchored nAChR clusters, localized sensitivity to ACh, and synaptic stabilization via linkage to the extracellular matrix so as to be precisely opposed to the nerve terminal...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441569/the-cytoskeleton-autophagy-connection
#17
REVIEW
David J Kast, Roberto Dominguez
Actin cytoskeleton dynamics play vital roles in most forms of intracellular trafficking by promoting the biogenesis and transport of vesicular cargoes. Mounting evidence indicates that actin dynamics and membrane-cytoskeleton scaffolds also have essential roles in macroautophagy, the process by which cellular waste is isolated inside specialized vesicles called autophagosomes for recycling and degradation. Branched actin polymerization is necessary for the biogenesis of autophagosomes from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane...
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441419/correction-fluoride-regulate-osteoblastic-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-signaling-by-mediating-recycling-of-the-type-i-receptor-alk5
#18
Chen Yang, Yan Wang, Hui Xu
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2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440944/the-regulatory-significance-of-tag-recycling-in-the-mycobacterial-pup-proteasome-system
#19
Yifat Elharar, Shai Schlussel, Nir Hecht, Michael M Meijler, Eyal Gur
Pup, a ubiquitin analog, tags proteins for degradation by the bacterial proteasome. As an intracellular proteolytic system, the Pup-proteasome system (PPS) must be carefully regulated to prevent excessive protein degradation. Currently, those factors underlying PPS regulation remain poorly understood. Here, experimental analysis combined with theoretical modeling of in vivo protein pupylation revealed how the basic PPS design allows stable and controlled protein pupylation. Specifically, the recycling of Pup when targets are degraded allows the PPS to maintain steady state levels of protein pupylation and degradation at a rate limited by proteasome function, and at a pupylome level limited by Pup concentrations...
April 25, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440929/marine-and-freshwater-microplastic-research-in-south-africa
#20
Carina Verster, Karin Minnaar, Hindrik Bouwman
South Africa has a vibrant plastics manufacturing industry, but recycling is limited and insufficient with a notable proportion of the unmanaged waste entering the environment. South Africa is a developing country with microplastics research in its inception. Very little is known about freshwater microplastics, and studies on South African marine microplastics are limited but actively being pursued. In a water-scarce country, protection of freshwater resources remains a priority, but in the face of other socioeconomic issues (poverty, unemployment, and HIV/AIDS), it receives insufficiently effective attention...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
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