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Tulsankar Sachin Laxman, Santosh Puttervu, Anjali Mishra, Sarvesh Verma, S P Singh, K V Sashidhara, C M Marandi, Shivani Saxena, Manoj K Yadav, Rabi S Bhatta
1) 16α-hydroxycleroda-3, 13(14) Z -dien-15, 16-olide (4655K-09 or K-09) is a novel clerodane diterpene lactone reported for its anti hyperlipidemic efficacy. The objective of the present study was to investigate the probable reversible metabolism of 4655K-09 and evaluate its effects on pharmacokinetic (PK) properties. 2) The PK studies were carried out through intravenous (IV) bolus administration of 4655K-09 and K-9T in mice at a dose of 3, 6, and 12 mg/kg separately. The oral PK study of 4655K-09 were carried out at therapeutic dose of 25 mg/kg...
March 22, 2018: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi, Noor Mohammad Danesh, Mohammad Ramezani, Ahmad Sarreshtehdar Emrani, Khalil Abnous
Zearalenone (ZEN) toxicity is a significant risk for human beings. Thus, it is of high importance to develop sensitive, precise and inexpensive analytical methods for ZEN detection, especially in human serum. Here, a colorimetric aptasensor is presented for determination of ZEN based on nontarget-induced aptamer walker, catalytic reaction of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), exonuclease III (Exo III) as signal amplifier and 4-nitrophenol as colorimetric agent. Low amount of ZEN requirement and signal amplification are some of the distinct advantages of the proposed aptasensor...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Bhubanananda Sahu, Akiko Maeda
The retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) is a single layer of polarized epithelial cells which plays many important roles for visual function. One of such roles is production of visual chromophore, 11-cis-retinal through the visual cycle. The visual cycle consists of biochemical processes for regenerating chromophore by a collective action of the RPE and photoreceptor. Photoreceptors harbor the G protein-coupled receptors, opsin which enables to receive light when it bounds to 11-cis-retinal. With absorption of a photon of light, 11-cis-retinal photoisomerizes to all-trans-retinal...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Naoki Shinno, Hirokazu Kimura, Ryota Sada, Shuji Takiguchi, Masaki Mori, Katsumi Fumoto, Yuichiro Doki, Akira Kikuchi
Aberrant expression of the secretory protein Dickkopf1 (DKK1) is associated with poor prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), but the underlying mechanism of how DKK1 is involved in aggressiveness of ESCC is not clear. In this study, we show that cytoskeleton-associated protein 4 (CKAP4) functions as a DKK1 receptor in ESCC cells. Immunohistochemical analyses of ESCC revealed that both DKK1 and CKAP4 are minimally expressed in associated normal esophageal squamous mucosa of non-tumor regions, but strongly expressed in tumor lesions...
March 22, 2018: Oncogene
Dan Chen, Chao Yang, Sha Liu, Weijian Hang, Xianghong Wang, Juan Chen, Anbing Shi
Arf6/ARF-6 is a crucial regulator of the endosomal phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2) pool in endocytic recycling. To further characterize ARF-6 regulation, we performed an ARF-6 interactor screen in Caenorhabditis elegans and identified SAC-1, the homologue of the phosphoinositide phosphatase Sac1p in yeast, as a novel ARF-6 partner. In the absence of ARF-6, basolateral endosomes show a loss of SAC-1 staining in epithelial cells. Steady-state cargo distribution assays revealed that loss of SAC-1 specifically affected apical secretory delivery and basolateral recycling...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Tuerdimaimaiti Abudula, Lassaad Gzara, Giovanna Simonetti, Ahmed Alshahrie, Numan Salah, Pierfrancesco Morganti, Angelo Chianese, Afsoon Fallahi, Ali Tamayol, Sidi A Bencherif, Adnan Memic
Chitin and lignin primarily accumulate as bio-waste resulting from byproducts of crustacean crusts and plant biomass. Recently, their use has been proposed for diverse and unique bioengineering applications, amongst others. However, their weak mechanical properties need to be improved in order to facilitate their industrial utilization. In this paper, we fabricated hybrid fibers composed of a chitin-lignin (CL)-based sol-gel mixture and elastomeric poly (glycerol sebacate) (PGS) using a standard electrospinning approach...
March 19, 2018: Materials
Yidong Luo, Lina Qiao, Huanchun Wang, Shun Lan, Yang Shen, Yuanhua Lin, Cewen Nan
The danger of toxic organic pollutants in both aquatic and air environments calls for high-efficiency purification material. Herein, layered bismuth copper oxychalcogenides, BiCuSO, nanosheets of high photocatalytic activity were introduced to the PVDF (Polyvinylidene Fluoride). The fibrous membranes provide an easy, efficient, and recyclable way to purify organic pollutant. The physical and photophysical properties of the BiCuSO and its polymer composite were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron spin resonance (EPR)...
March 19, 2018: Materials
Wuxing Dong, Alison C Todd, Angelika Bröer, Sarah R Hulme, Stefan Bröer, Brian Billups
Astrocytes are glial cells that have an intimate physical and functional association with synapses in the brain. One of their main roles is to recycle the neurotransmitters glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), as a component of the glutamate/GABA-glutamine cycle. They perform this function by sequestering neurotransmitters and releasing glutamine via the neutral amino acid transporter SNAT3. In this way, astrocytes regulate the availability of neurotransmitters and subsequently influence synaptic function...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jin Huang, Wan Tang, Shengquan Zhu, Meini Du
Butyric acid (C3 H7 COOH) is an important chemical that is widely used in foodstuffs along with in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The bioproduction of butyric acid via large-scale fermentation has the potential to be more economical and efficient than petrochemical synthesis. In this paper, the metabolic pathways involved in the production of butyric acid from Clostridium tyrobutyricum using hexose and pentose as substrates are investigated, and approaches to enhance butyric acid production via genetic modification are discussed...
March 21, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Zhi-Hang Zhou, Wen-Wen Dong, Ya-Pan Wu, Jun Zhao, Dong-Sheng Li, Tao Wu, Xian-Hui Bu
The integration of terpyridyl and tricarboxylate functionality in a novel ligand allows concerted 3:1 stoichiometric assembly of size-and charge-complementary Zn2+ /Tb3+ ions into a water-stable 3D luminescent framework (CTGU-8) capable of highly selective, sensitive, and recyclable of nitrofurans.
March 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Li Wan, Hongyuan Song, Junhao Ma, Yuan Ren, Xiaowei Cheng, Jiacan Su, Qin Yue, Yonghui Deng
Iron oxide materials have wide applications due to their special physicochemical properties; however, it is a great challenge to synthesize mesoporous iron oxide based microspheres conveniently and controllably with high surface area, large pore volume and interconnected porous structures. Herein, mesoporous α-Fe2O3 based microspheres with high porosity are synthesized via a facile polymerization induced colloid assembly (PICA) method through polymerization of urea-formaldehyde resin (UF resin) and its simultaneously cooperative assembly with Fe(OH)3 colloids in aqueous solution, followed with subsequent thermal treatment...
March 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Min Liu, Xu-Feng Yang, Hai-Bin Zhu, Bao-Sheng Di, Yue Zhao
A Keggin-type polyoxometalate (POM)-templated metal-organic framework, [Cd(TTPB-4)(DMF)3]4[PMo12O40]2[HPMo12O40]·6DMF·4H2O (1), based on a newly designed linker of TTPB-4 [TTPB-4 = 1,3,5-tris(4-(4H-1,2,4-triazol-4-yl)phenyl)benzene], has been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized using IR, XRD, TGA, UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectra. Single-crystal X-ray crystallography reveals that 1 represents a unique POM-templated four-fold interpenetrated 3-D coordination network. The POM-templated MOF of 1 exhibits strong chemical stability that can withstand aqueous solutions of various pH-values (2-10)...
March 21, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Jisun Jang, Sangmoon Byun, B Moon Kim, Sunwoo Lee
Transition metal-catalyzed silylations have typically involved the use of homogeneous non-recyclable catalytic systems. In this work, the first example of a recyclable catalytic system for the synthesis of arylsilanes has been reported, which utilizes the bimetallic complex, Pd-Pt-Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Various arylsilanes were prepared by the reaction of aryl iodides (or bromides) with hydrosilanes. This methodology showed good functional group tolerance toward ester, ketone, aldehyde, nitro, and cyano groups...
March 21, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Andrea E Toth, Piotr Siupka, Thomas J P Augustine, Susanne T Venø, Louiza B Thomsen, Torben Moos, Hannes T Lohi, Peder Madsen, Karin Lykke-Hartmann, Morten S Nielsen
Receptor- and adsorptive-mediated transport through brain endothelial cells (BEC) of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) involves a complex array of subcellular vesicular structures, the endo-lysosomal system. It consists of several types of vesicles, such as early, recycling, and late endosomes, retromer-positive structures, and lysosomes. Since this system is important for receptor-mediated transcytosis of drugs across brain capillaries, our aim was to characterise the endo-lysosomal system in BEC with emphasis on their interactions with astrocytes...
March 20, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Irina Turku, Timo Kärki, Ari Puurtinen
The influence of accelerated weathering, xenon-arc light and freeze-thaw cycling on wood plastic composites extruded from a recycled plastic was studied. The results showed that, in general, weathering had a stronger impact on samples made from plastic waste compared to a sample made from virgin material. After weathering, the mechanical properties, tensile and flexural, were reduced by 2-30%, depending on the plastic source. Wettability of the samples was shown to play a significant role in their stability...
March 2018: Heliyon
Dean Calahan, Edward Osenbaugh, Walter Adey
Humanity is degrading multiple ecosystem services, potentially irreversibly. Two of the most important human impacts are excess agricultural nutrient loading in our fresh and estuarine waters and excess carbon dioxide in our oceans and atmosphere. Large-scale global intervention is required to slow, halt, and eventually reverse these stresses. Cultivating attached polyculture algae within controlled open-field photobioreactors is a practical technique for exploiting the ubiquity and high primary productivity of algae to capture and recycle the pollutants driving humanity into unsafe regimes of biogeochemical cycling, ocean acidification, and global warming...
February 2018: Heliyon
Sean D Workman, Liam J Worrall, Natalie C J Strynadka
Undecaprenyl pyrophosphate phosphatase (UppP) is an integral membrane protein that recycles the lipid carrier essential to the ongoing biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall. Individual building blocks of peptidoglycan are assembled in the cytoplasm on undecaprenyl phosphate (C55-P) before being flipped to the periplasmic face, where they are polymerized and transferred to the existing cell wall sacculus, resulting in the side product undecaprenyl pyrophosphate (C55-PP). Interruption of UppP's regeneration of C55-P from C55-PP leads to the buildup of cell wall intermediates and cell lysis...
March 20, 2018: Nature Communications
Gisela Weibel, Urs Eggenberger, Dmitrii A Kulik, Wolfgang Hummel, Stefan Schlumberger, Waldemar Klink, Martin Fisch, Urs K Mäder
Fly ash from municipal solid waste incineration contains a large potential for recyclable metals such as Zn, Pb, Cu and Cd. The Swiss Waste Ordinance prescribes the treatment of fly ash and recovery of metals to be implemented by 2021. More than 60% of the fly ash in Switzerland is acid leached according to the FLUWA process, which provides the basis for metal recovery. The investigation and optimization of the FLUWA process is of increasing interest and an industrial solution for direct metal recovery within Switzerland is in development...
March 17, 2018: Waste Management
Xiao-Mei Shi, Gao-Chao Fan, Xueying Tang, Qingming Shen, Jun-Jie Zhu
Sensitive and specific detection of DNA is of great significance for clinical diagnosis. In this paper, an effective cascade signal amplification strategy was introduced into photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor for ultrasensitive detection of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) DNA. This proposed signal amplification strategy integrates λ-exonuclease (λ-Exo) aided target recycling with hybridization chain reaction (HCR) and enzyme catalysis. In the presence of target DNA (tDNA) of HTLV-I, the designed hairpin DNA (h1 DNA) hybridized with tDNA, subsequently recognized and cleaved by λ-Exo to set free tDNA...
March 13, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Meng Tian, Yu Long, Dan Xu, Shuoyun Wei, Zhengping Dong
Nowadays, chemical catalytic methods for the treatment of organic wastes are attracting more and more research attention. In the current research, novel catalysts with palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs) supported on the hollow mesoporous silica nanotubes (h-mSiO2 ) were synthesized for the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) and hydrodechlorination (HDC) of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). The key point for the fabrication of the catalysts is that a certain thickness of the silica shell was wrapped on the multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) or Pd/MWNTs through biphase stratification approach, and then the samples were calcined to remove the MWNTs...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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