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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345876/engineering-cellular-microenvironments-with-photo-and-enzymatically-responsive-hydrogels-toward-biomimetic-3d-cell-culture-models
#1
Roger Y Tam, Laura J Smith, Molly S Shoichet
Conventional cell culture techniques using 2D polystyrene or glass have provided great insight into key biochemical mechanisms responsible for cellular events such as cell proliferation, differentiation, and cell-cell interactions. However, the physical and chemical properties of 2D culture in vitro are dramatically different than those found in the native cellular microenvironment in vivo. Cells grown on 2D substrates differ significantly from those grown in vivo, and this explains, in part, why many promising drug candidates discovered through in vitro drug screening assays fail when they are translated to in vivo animal or human models...
March 27, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345278/remembering-eric-forest-1957-2017-from-analytical-chemistry-to-the-rise-of-hdxms-for-structural-biology-of-complex-protein-systems
#2
Vangie Gan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 27, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340705/towards-automation-in-protein-digestion-development-of-a-monolithic-trypsin-immobilized-reactor-for-highly-efficient-on-line-digestion-and-analysis
#3
Marina Naldi, Urh Černigoj, Ales Štrancar, Manuela Bartolini
Reducing experimental variability, limiting contamination and increasing automation are essential goals in the development of reliable analytical platforms for mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics. In this work novel trypsin-based monolithic immobilized enzyme reactors (tryp-IMERs), obtained by covalent immobilization on convective interaction media (CIMac™) analytical columns (5mm×5.2mm I.D.), were developed. Notwithstanding the small dimensions, column format allowed the insertion in common high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems, thus avoiding the use of expensive micro- or nano-platforms...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340417/interfacial-interactions-between-skeletonema-costatum-extracellular-organic-matter-and-metal-oxides-implications-for-ceramic-membrane-filtration
#4
Noor Zaouri, Leonardo Gutierrez, Laure Dramas, Daniel Garces, Jean-Philippe Croue
In the current study, the interfacial interactions between the high molecular weight (HMW) compounds of Skeletonema costatum (SKC) extracellular organic matter (EOM) and ZrO2 or Al2O3, were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). HMW SKC-EOM was rigorously characterized and described as a hydrophilic organic compound mainly comprised of polysaccharide-like structures. Lipids and proteins were also observed, although in lower abundance. HMW SKC-EOM displayed attractive forces during approaching (i.e., leading to jump-to-contact events) and adhesion forces during retracting regime to both metal oxides at all solution conditions tested, where electrostatics and hydrogen bonding were suggested as dominant interacting mechanisms...
March 21, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337855/simple-protein-modification-using-zwitterionic-polymer-to-mitigate-the-bioactivity-loss-of-conjugated-insulin
#5
Jinbing Xie, Yang Lu, Wei Wang, Hui Zhu, Zhigang Wang, Zhiqiang Cao
Polymer-protein conjugation has been extensively explored toward a better protein drug with improved pharmacokinetics. However, a major problem with polymer-protein conjugation is that the polymers drastically reduce the bioactivity of the modified protein. There is no perfect solution to prevent the bioactivity loss, no matter the polymer is conjugated in a non-site specific way, or a more complex site-specific procedure. Here the authors report for the first time that when zwitterionic carboxybetaine polymer (PCB) is conjugated to insulin through simple conventional coupling chemistry...
March 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337779/the-chemistry-function-patho-physiology-of-stratum-corneum-barrier-ceramides
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REVIEW
David J Moore, Anthony V Rawlings
Research on understanding of the chemistry, function and (patho)physiology of stratum corneum (SC) lipids and especially ceramides has evolved over the last two decades. This has been made successful through the application of separation techniques that have become increasingly more sophisticated and it has become increasingly evident that our understanding of these molecules remains in its infancy. Thirteen classes of ceramides with over 300 and possibly up to 1000 distinct ceramide species have been identified suggesting an exquisitely subtle relationship between the types of ceramides and physical and chemical behavior...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336066/construction-of-protein-based-biosensors-using-ligand-directed-chemistry-for-detecting-analyte-binding
#7
Kei Yamaura, Shigeki Kiyonaka, Itaru Hamachi
Protein-based fluorescent biosensors are powerful tools for quantitative detection of biomolecules or drugs with high sensitivity under physiological conditions. However, conventional methods for construction of biosensors require structural data with high resolution or amino acid sequence information in most cases, which hampers applicability of this method to structurally complicated receptor proteins. To sidestep such limitations, we recently developed a new method that employs ligand-directed chemistry coupled with a bimolecular fluorescence quenching and recovery system, which enabled the conversion of various kinds of membrane-bound receptors to "turn-on" type fluorescent sensors...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334749/ctg-repeat-targeting-oligonucleotides-for-down-regulating-huntingtin-expression
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Eman M Zaghloul, Olof Gissberg, Pedro M D Moreno, Lee Siggens, Mattias Hällbrink, Anna S Jørgensen, Karl Ekwall, Rula Zain, Jesper Wengel, Karin E Lundin, C I Edvard Smith
Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal, neurodegenerative disorder in which patients suffer from mobility, psychological and cognitive impairments. Existing therapeutics are only symptomatic and do not significantly alter the disease progression or increase life expectancy. HD is caused by expansion of the CAG trinucleotide repeat region in exon 1 of the Huntingtin gene (HTT), leading to the formation of mutant HTT transcripts (muHTT). The toxic gain-of-function of muHTT protein is a major cause of the disease...
February 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334528/why-prodrugs-and-propesticides-succeed
#9
John E Casida
What are the advantages of bioactivation in optimizing drugs and pesticides? Why are there so many prodrugs and propesticides? These questions are examined here by considering compounds selected on the basis of economic value or market success. The 100 major drugs and 90 major pesticides are divided into ones acting directly and those definitely or possibly requiring bioactivation. Established or candidate prodrugs accounted for 19% of the total drug sales with corresponding values of 20, 37 and 17% for proinsecticides, proherbicides and profungicides...
March 23, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328212/cu-ii-based-paramagnetic-probe-to-study-rna-protein-interactions-by-nmr
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Leah M Seebald, Christopher M DeMott, Srivathsan Ranganathan, Papa Nii Asare Okai, Anastasia Glazunova, Alan Chen, Alexander Shekhtman, Maksim Royzen
Paramagnetic NMR techniques allow for studying three-dimensional structures of RNA-protein complexes. In particular, paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) data can provide valuable information about long-range distances between different structural components. For PRE NMR experiments, oligonucleotides are typically spin-labeled using nitroxide reagents. The current work describes an alternative approach involving a Cu(II) cyclen-based probe that can be covalently attached to an RNA strand in the vicinity of the protein's binding site using "click" chemistry...
March 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328208/ubiquitin-signalling-chemistry-comes-to-rescue
#11
Sachitanand M Mali, Sumeet K Singh, Emad Eid, Ashraf Brik
Posttranslational modification of proteins by ubiquitin, i.e. ubiquitination, mediates a variety of cellular processes ranging from protein homeostasis, cell cycle, DNA repair to viral infections. Understanding the molecular mechanism of ubiquitination in these events is the basis for unraveling its precise role in health and disease. However, the inherent complexity of ubiquitin signalling due to the high atomic complexity of ubiquitin conjugates, where ubiquitin is attached to other ubiquitin molecules and to protein substrates in various forms, imposes a major challenge for these studies...
March 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326537/gax-suppresses-chemerin-cmklr1-induced-preadipocyte-biofunctions-through-the-inhibition-of-akt-mtor-and-erk-signaling-pathways
#12
Yunqi Jiang, Ping Liu, Wenlin Jiao, Juan Meng, Jinbo Feng
Adipose tissue is closely associated with angiogenesis and vascular remodeling. Chemerin is involved in inflammatory reaction and vascular dysfunction. However, the mechanisms of chemerin participating in vascular remodeling and whether Growth arrest-specific homeobox (Gax) can effectively intervene it remain obscured. Here, 3T3-F442A preadipocytes were cultured, injected into athymic mice to model fat pads, and treated respectively with Ad-chemerin, Ad-Gax, or specific inhibitors in vitro and in vivo. MTT, flow cytometry, Western blotting, and imunohisto(cyto)-chemistry analyses showed that chemerin enhanced the expression of FABP4 and VEGF, activated Akt/mTOR and ERK pathways, increased the cell percent of S phase, decreased the percent of G0-G1 phase and apoptotic cells, and augmented neovascular density in fat pads...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325781/hete-signals-through-g-protein-coupled-receptor-gpr75-gq-to-affect-vascular-function-and-trigger-hypertension
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Victor Garcia, Ankit Gilani, Brian Shkolnik, Varunkumar Pandey, Frank F Zhang, Rambabu Dakarapu, Shyam K Gandham, N R Reddy, Joan P Graves, Artiom Gruzdev, Darryl C Zeldin, Jorge H Capdevila, John R Falck, Michal L Schwartzman
Rationale: 20-Hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE), one of the principle cytochrome P450 (CYP) eicosanoids, is a potent vasoactive lipid whose vascular effects include stimulation of smooth muscle contractility, migration and proliferation, as well as endothelial cell dysfunction and inflammation. Increased levels of 20-HETE in experimental animals and in humans are associated with hypertension, stroke, myocardial infarction and vascular diseases. Objective: To date, a receptor/binding site for 20-HETE has been implicated based on the use of specific agonists and antagonists...
March 21, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325143/synthesis-and-characterization-of-a-new-benzo-indole-derivative-with-apoptotic-activity-against-colon-cancer-cells
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Fatemeh Hajiaghaalipou, Fadhil Lafta Faraj, Elham Bagheri, Hamid Khaledi, Hapipah Mohd Ali, Nazia Abdul Majid, Mahmood Ameen Abdulla
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in both men and women around the world. The chemistry and biological study of heterocyclic compounds have been an interesting area for a long time in pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry. METHODS: A new synthetic compound, 2-(1,1-Dimethyl-1,3-dihydro-benzo[e]indol-2-ylidene)-3-(2-hydroxy-phenylimino)-propionaldehyde, abbreviated as DBID has been synthesized by reaction of 2-(1,1-Dimethyl-1,3-dihydro-benzo[e]indol-2-ylidene)-malonaldehyde with 2-aminophenol...
March 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323071/the-central-role-of-trna-in-genetic-code-expansion
#15
REVIEW
Noah M Reynolds, Oscar Vargas-Rodriguez, Dieter Söll, Ana Crnković
BACKGROUND: The development of orthogonal translation systems (OTSs) for genetic code expansion (GCE) has allowed for the incorporation of a diverse array of non-canonical amino acids (ncAA) into proteins. Transfer RNA, the central molecule in the translation of the genetic message into proteins, plays a significant role in the efficiency of ncAA incorporation. SCOPE OF REVIEW: Here we review the biochemical basis of OTSs for genetic code expansion. We focus on the role of tRNA and discuss strategies used to engineer tRNA for the improvement of ncAA incorporation into proteins...
March 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322960/sericin-binded-deprotenized-natural-rubber-film-containing-chitin-whiskers-as-elasto-gel-dressing
#16
Anyarat Watthanaphanit, Ratana Rujiravanit
Here, we aims to demonstrate a simple concept in biomaterials design by using natural resources solely as raw materials to fabricate elastic wound care dressing. Elasto-gel films comprise of silk sericin (SRC), natural rubber (NR), and chitin whisker (CTW) were developed. A glue-like protein SRC found in silk cocoons is beneficial for the treatment of wounds due to its superior skin moisturizing ability. However, the pure SRC film is generally difficult to be fabricated because of its weak structural feature...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321657/novel-hemostatic-agents-based-on-gelatin-microbial-transglutaminase-mix
#17
Fang Lv, Xiaonan Cong, Wenshu Tang, Yiming Han, Yu Tang, Yongrui Liu, Liqiang Su, Mingyao Liu, Mingfei Jin, Zhengfang Yi
Hemostasis is a major challenge in surgical procedures and traumas. Conventional hemostatic methods have limited efficacy and may cause additional tissue damage. In this study, we designed a novel hemostatic agent based on the in situ gel formation of gelatin cross-linked by a novel microbial transglutaminase (mTGase), in which the amino acid sequences differed from commercial mTGases. The new hemostatic agent showed the same biochemical crosslinking chemistry as the final stages of the blood coagulation cascade while using gelatin as a "structural" protein (rather than fibrin) and a calcium-independent mTGase as the crosslinking catalyst (rather than factor XIIIa)...
March 17, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318212/multiple-myeloma-diagnosis-and-treatment
#18
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Thomas C Michels, Keith E Petersen
Multiple myeloma accounts for 1.6% of all cancer cases and approximately 10% of hematologic malignancies in the United States. In 2015, an estimated 28,850 new cases of multiple myeloma were diagnosed in the United States, and the disease caused more than 11,000 deaths. Patients older than 65 years account for 85% of those diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and there is a twofold increased incidence in blacks compared with whites. Patients may present with bone pain or with symptoms that are often nonspecific, such as nausea, vomiting, malaise, weakness, recurrent infections, and weight loss...
March 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316235/evaluation-of-nanobody-conjugates-and-protein-fusions-as-bioanalytical-reagents
#19
Virginia J Bruce, Brian R McNaughton
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), flow cytometry, and Western blot are common bioanalytical techniques. Successful execution traditionally requires the use of one or more commercially available antibody-small-molecule dye, or antibody-reporter protein conjugates that recognize relatively short peptide tags (<15 amino acids). However, the size of antibodies, and their molecular complexity (by virtue of post-translational disulfide formation and glycosylation) typically requires either expression in mammalian cells or purification from immunized mammals...
March 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301944/orientation-and-characterization-of-immobilized-antibodies-for-improved-immunoassays-review
#20
Nicholas G Welch, Judith A Scoble, Benjamin W Muir, Paul J Pigram
Orientation of surface immobilized capture proteins, such as antibodies, plays a critical role in the performance of immunoassays. The sensitivity of immunodiagnostic procedures is dependent on presentation of the antibody, with optimum performance requiring the antigen binding sites be directed toward the solution phase. This review describes the most recent methods for oriented antibody immobilization and the characterization techniques employed for investigation of the antibody state. The introduction describes the importance of oriented antibodies for maximizing biosensor capabilities...
March 16, 2017: Biointerphases
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