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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914364/structure-based-exploration-and-exploitation-of-the-s4-subsite-of-norovirus-3cl-protease-in-the-design-of-potent-and-permeable-inhibitors
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Anushka C Galasiti Kankanamalage, Yunjeong Kim, Athri D Rathnayake, Vishnu C Damalanka, Pathum M Weerawarna, Sean T Doyle, Amer F Alsoudi, D M Padmasankha Dissanayake, Gerald H Lushington, Nurjahan Mehzabeen, Kevin P Battaile, Scott Lovell, Kyeong-Ok Chang, William C Groutas
Human noroviruses are the primary cause of epidemic and sporadic acute gastroenteritis. The worldwide high morbidity and mortality associated with norovirus infections, particularly among the elderly, immunocompromised patients and children, constitute a serious public health concern. There are currently no approved human vaccines or norovirus-specific small-molecule therapeutics or prophylactics. Norovirus 3CL protease has recently emerged as a potential therapeutic target for the development of anti-norovirus agents...
November 14, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914346/tuning-particle-geometry-of-chemically-anisotropic-dumbbell-shaped-colloids
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Bas G P van Ravensteijn, Willem K Kegel
Chemically anisotropic dumbbell-shaped colloids are prepared starting from cross-linked polymer seed particles coated with a chlorinated outer layer. These chlorinated seeds are swollen with monomer. Subsequently, a liquid protrusion is formed on the surface of the seed particle by phase separation between the monomer and the swollen polymer network. Solidification of these liquid lobes by polymerization leads to the desired dumbbell-shaped colloids. The chlorine groups remain confined on the seed lobe of the particles, ensuring chemical anisotropy of the resulting particles...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914342/cu3-btc-2-catalyzed-dehydrogenative-coupling-of-dimethylphenylsilane-with-phenol-and-homocoupling-of-dimethylphenylsilane-to-disiloxane
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Nagaraj Anbu, Amarajothi Dhakshinamoorthy
Cu3(BTC)2 (BTC: 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid) showed to be an efficient and reusable heterogeneous solid catalyst for the formation of SiO bond through dehydrogenative coupling of dimethylphenylsilane (1) with phenol under mild reaction conditions. It is observed that Fe(BTC), MIL-101(Cr) and UiO-66(Zr) are not able to promote this cross coupling between 1 and phenol. Cu3(BTC)2 exhibits higher stability and activity compared to other MOFs studied here. Furthermore, Cu3(BTC)2 is reused for three consecutive cycles with a slight decay in its activity...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914341/single-crystalline-titanium-dioxide-hollow-tetragonal-nanocones-with-large-exposed-101-facets-for-excellent-photocatalysis
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Zhengcui Wu, Yejing Xue, Zexian Zou, Xia Wang, Feng Gao
Crystal facet engineering and surface modification of semiconductor have become important strategies to improve photocatalytic activity by optimizing surface charge carrier separation/transfer and extending solar spectrum utilization. In this work, we report anatase single-crystalline TiO2 hollow tetragonal nanocones with large exposed (101) facets by a facile liquid-phase interfacial synthetic strategy, using the hydrolysis of tetrabutyltitanate with adscititious water in the organic solvent of cyclohexane and a capping agent of 1, 6-hexanediamine...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914333/nano-zinc-oxide-incorporated-graphene-oxide-nanocellulose-composite-for-the-adsorption-and-photo-catalytic-degradation-of-ciprofloxacin-hydrochloride-from-aqueous-solutions
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T S Anirudhan, J R Deepa
Purpose of this study is to report the synthetic procedure of a novel photo catalyst, nano zinc oxide incorporated graphene oxide/nanocellulose (ZnO-GO/NC) for the effective adsorption and subsequent photo degradation of ciprofloxacin (CF), an antibiotic widely used in the poultry. Self cleaning property in cellulose was achieved by introducing a nano zinc oxide incorporated graphene oxide into nanocellulose (NC) matrix. By incorporating nano zinc oxide (ZnO) in graphene oxide (GO), band gap could be tuned to 2...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914329/facile-synthesis-of-go-sno2-tio2-nanofibers-and-their-behavior-in-photovoltaics
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Ibrahim M A Mohamed, Van-Duong Dao, Ahmed S Yasin, Ho-Suk Choi, KhalilAbdelrazek Khalil, Nasser A M Barakat
Chemical doping is a widely-used strategy to improve the performance of TiO2 for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). However, the effect of two efficient dopants has been rarely investigated. We present the synthesis of GO@SnO2/TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) by a facile method using electrospinning and hydrothermal processes. The synthesized NFs are described in terms of morphology, crystallinity and chemistry through FESEM, TEM, HR-TEM, XRD, EDX, XPS, FT-IR and Raman spectra. As the results, the axial ratio and the average diameter of NFs decreased after the hydrothermal treatment and calcination process, respectively...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914328/synthesis-and-stability-of-ir-820-and-fitc-doped-silica-nanoparticles
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Atul V Thorat, Tandra Ghoshal, Lan Chen, Justin D Holmes, Michael A Morris
Fluorescent silica nanoparticles (NPs) have potential in biomedical applications as diagnostics and traceable drug delivery agents. In this study, we have synthesized fluorescent dye grafted silica NPs in two step process. First, a stable method to synthesize various sizes of silica NPs ranging from 20 to 52, 95, 210 and 410nm have been successfully demonstrated. Secondly, as-synthesized silica NPs are readily grafted with some fluorescent dyes like IR-820 and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) dyes by simple impregnation method...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914321/functional-regulation-of-ginsenoside-biosynthesis-by-rna-interferences-of-a-udp-glycosyltransferase-gene-in-panax-ginseng-and-panax-quinquefolius
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Chao Lu, Shoujing Zhao, Guanning Wei, Huijuan Zhao, Qingling Qu
Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng) and Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng) have been used as medicinal and functional herbal remedies worldwide. Different properties of P. ginseng and P. quinquefolius were confirmed not only in clinical findings, but also at cellular and molecular levels. The major pharmacological ingredients of P. ginseng and P. quinquefolius are the triterpene saponins known as ginsenosides. The P. ginseng roots contain a higher ratio of ginsenoside Rg1:Rb1 than that in P. quinquefolius...
November 25, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914320/biochemical-precursor-effects-on-the-fatty-acid-production-in-cell-suspension-cultures-of-theobroma-cacao-l
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O Parra, A M Gallego, A Urrea, L F Rojas, C Correa, L Atehortúa
Cocoa butter (CB) is composed of 96% palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic fatty acids that are responsible for the hardness, texture and fusion properties of chocolate. Through in vitro plant cell culture it is possible to modify CB lipid profiles and to study the fatty acid biosynthesis pathway on a subcellular level, evaluating fundamental aspects to enhance in vitro fatty acid production in a specific and controlled way. In this research, culture media was supplemented with acetate, biotin, pyruvate, bicarbonate and glycerol at three different concentrations and the effects on the biomass production (g/L), cell viability, and fatty acids profile and production was evaluated in in vitro cell suspensions culture...
November 25, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914300/structure-based-analysis-of-bacilli-and-plasmid-dihydrofolate-reductase-evolution
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Mona Alotaibi, Ben Delos Reyes, Tin Le, Phuong Luong, Faramarz Valafar, Robert P Metzger, Gary B Fogel, David Hecht
Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), a key enzyme in tetrahydrofolate-mediated biosynthetic pathways, has a structural motif known to be highly conserved over a wide range of organisms. Given its critical role in purine and amino acid synthesis, DHFR is a well established therapeutic target for treating a wide range of prokaryotic and eukaryotic infections as well as certain types of cancer. Here we present a structural-based computer analysis of bacterial (Bacilli) and plasmid DHFR evolution. We generated a structure-based sequence alignment using 7 wild-type DHFR x-ray crystal structures obtained from the RCSB Protein Data Bank and 350 chromosomal and plasmid homology models we generated from sequences obtained from the NCBI Protein Database...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914283/binding-pattern-of-intermediate-udp-4-keto-xylose-to-human-udp-xylose-synthase-synthesis-and-std-nmr-of-model-keto-saccharides
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Claudia Puchner, Thomas Eixelsberger, Bernd Nidetzky, Lothar Brecker
Human UDP-xylose synthase (hUXS1) exclusively converts UDP-glucuronic acid to UDP-xylose via intermediate UDP-4-keto-xylose (UDP-Xyl-4O). Synthesis of model compounds like methyl-4-keto-xylose (Me-Xyl-4O) is reported to investigate the binding pattern thereof to hUXS1. Hence, selective oxidation of the desired hydroxyl function required employment of protecting group chemistry. Solution behavior of synthesized keto-saccharides was studied without enzyme via (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy with respect to existent forms in deuterated potassium phosphate buffer...
November 5, 2016: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914267/intein-mediated-site-specific-synthesis-of-tumor-targeting-protein-delivery-system-turning-peg-dilemma-into-prodrug-like-feature
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Yingzhi Chen, Meng Zhang, Hongyue Jin, Yisi Tang, Huiyuan Wang, Qin Xu, Yaping Li, Feng Li, Yongzhuo Huang
Poor tumor-targeted and cytoplasmic delivery is a bottleneck for protein toxin-based cancer therapy. Ideally, a protein toxin drug should remain stealthy in circulation for prolonged half-life and reduced side toxicity, but turn activated at tumor. PEGylation is a solution to achieve the first goal, but creates a hurdle for the second because PEG rejects interaction between the drugs and tumor cells therein. Such PEG dilemma is an unsolved problem in protein delivery. Herein proposed is a concept of turning PEG dilemma into prodrug-like feature...
November 27, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914252/synthesis-of-copper-containing-bioactive-glass-nanoparticles-using-a-modified-st%C3%A3-ber-method-for-biomedical-applications
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Kai Zheng, Xinyi Dai, Miao Lu, Norbert Hüser, Nicola Taccardi, Aldo R Boccaccini
Copper (Cu)-containing bioactive glasses (BGs) are attracting attention for bone regeneration and wound healing since they have bone-bonding capability and potential osteogenesis and angiogenesis properties. In this study, highly dispersed and spherical Cu-containing bioactive glass nanoparticles (Cu-BGNs) were successfully synthesized via a modified Stöber method. The content of incorporated Cu in the particles could be tailored by adjusting the amount of the added Cu precursor, a procedure that had no significant effects on the morphological and structural characteristics of the nanoparticles...
November 15, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914216/synthesis-and-luminescence-characterization-of-y2-bazno5-re-re%C3%A2-%C3%A2-eu-3-tb-3-pr-3-and-sm-3-phosphors
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D R Taikar, C P Joshi, S V Moharil
Modified synthesis and luminescence of Y2 BaZnO5 phosphors activated with the rare earths (RE) Eu(3)(+) , Tb(3)(+) , Pr(3)(+) and Sm(3)(+) are reported. RE2 BaZnO5 phosphors have attracted attention because of their interesting magnetic and optical properties; and are usually prepared using a two-step solid-state reaction. In the first step, carbonates or similar precursors are thoroughly mixed and heated at 900°C to decompose them to oxides. To eliminate the unwanted phases like BaRE2 O4 , the resulting powders are reheated at 1100°C for a long time...
December 2, 2016: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914190/culturally-competent-patient-provider-communication-in-the-management-of-cancer-an-integrative-literature-review
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Ottilia Brown, Wilma Ten Ham-Baloyi, Dalena Rm van Rooyen, Colleen Aldous, Leonard Charles Marais
BACKGROUND: Managing cancer in a multicultural environment poses several challenges, which include the communication between the patient and the healthcare provider. Culture is an important consideration in clinical care as it contributes to shaping patients' health-related values, beliefs, and behaviours. This integrative literature review gathered evidence on how culturally competent patient-provider communication should be delivered to patients diagnosed with cancer. DESIGN: Whittemore and Knafl's approach to conducting an integrative literature review was used...
2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914179/ammonothermal-synthesis-of-novel-nitrides-case-study-on-cagasin3
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Jonas Häusler, Lukas Neudert, Mathias Mallmann, Robin Niklaus, Anna-Carina L Kimmel, Nicolas S A Alt, Eberhard Schlücker, Oliver Oeckler, Wolfgang Schnick
The first gallium-containing nitridosilicate CaGaSiN3 was synthesized in newly developed high-pressure autoclaves using supercritical ammonia as solvent and nitriding agent. The reaction was conducted in ammonobasic environment starting from intermetallic CaGaSi with NaN3 as mineralizer. At 770 K, intermediate compounds were obtained, which were subsequently converted to the crystalline nitride at temperatures up to 1070 K (70 - 150 MPa). The impact of other mineralizers (e. g. LiN3, KN3 and CsN3) on the product formation was investigated as well...
December 3, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914122/design-synthesis-and-structure-activity-relationships-of-bavachinin-analogues-as-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-agonists
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Guoxin Du, Yuanyuan Zhao, Li Feng, Zhuo Yang, Jiye Shi, Cheng Huang, Bo Li, Fujiang Guo, Weiliang Zhu, Yiming Li
Bavachinin analogues with systematic modifications at the A-, B-, and C-rings were designed, synthesized, and subjected to in vitro bioevaluation as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPAR-γ) agonists. In total, 30 molecules, including flavanone and flavone analogues, were evaluated by reporter gene assays for the PPAR-γ agonist activity. Preliminary structure-activity relationships of PPAR-γ agonist activity of bavachinin analogues were initially summarized and analogues 2b, 3, 4a, 4b, 11c, 11d, and 12b were found with higher PPAR-γ agonist activities compared to bavachinin...
December 3, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914120/effect-of-glycosylation-on-the-biocatalytic-properties-of-hydroxynitrile-lyase-from-the-passion-fruit-passiflora-edulis-a-comparison-of-natural-and-recombinant-enzymes
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Aem Nuylert, Yuko Ishida, Yasuhisa Asano
A hydroxynitrile lyase from the passion fruit, Passiflora edulis (PeHNL) was isolated from the leaves and showed high stability in biphasic co-organic solvent systems for cyanohydrin synthesis. Cyanohydrins are important building blocks for the production of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Thus, to enhance production yields of PeHNL for industrial applications, we cloned and expressed recombinant PeHNL in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and P. pastoris GS115 cells without a signal peptide sequence. The aim of the present study is to determine the effect of N-glycosylation on enzyme stability and catalytic properties in microbial expression systems...
December 3, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914097/ruthenium-catalysts-supported-by-amino-substituted-nhc-ligands-for-olefin-metathesis-of-challenging-substrates
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Vincent César, Yin Zhang, Wioletta Kośnik, Adam Zieliński, Adam A Rajkiewicz, Mirko Ruamps, Stéphanie Bastin, Noël Lugan, Guy Lavigne, Karol Grela
N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) ligands IMesNMe2 and IMes(NMe2)2 derived from the well-known IMes ligand by substituting the carbenic heterocycle for one and two dimethylamino groups, respectively, were employed for the synthesis of 2nd generation Grubbs- and Grubbs-Hoveyda-type ruthenium metathesis precatalysts. Whereas the stability of the complexes was found to be function of the degree of dimethylamino-substitution and of the type of complex, the backbone-substitution was shown to have a positive impact on their catalytic activity in RCM, with a more pronounced effect in the 2nd generation Grubbs-type series...
December 3, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914092/synthesis-characterization-and-study-of-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-of-zno-fe3o4-magnetic-composite-nanoparticles-in-human-breast-cancer-cell-line-mda-mb-231-and-mouse-fibroblast-nih-3t3
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Gunjan Bisht, Sagar Rayamajhi, Biplab Kc, Siddhi Nath Paudel, Deepak Karna, Bhupal G Shrestha
Novel magnetic composite nanoparticles (MCPs) were successfully synthesized by ex situ conjugation of synthesized ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) and Fe3O4 NPs using trisodium citrate as linker with an aim to retain key properties of both NPs viz. inherent selectivity towards cancerous cell and superparamagnetic nature, respectively, on a single system. Successful characterization of synthesized nanoparticles was done by XRD, TEM, FTIR, and VSM analyses. VSM analysis showed similar magnetic profile of thus obtained MCPs as that of naked Fe3O4 NPs with reduction in saturation magnetization to 16...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
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