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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549380/synthesis-of-pyridinic-rich-n-s-co-doped-carbon-quantum-dots-as-effective-enzyme-mimics
#1
Teng Liu, Zhi-Wei Cui, Jun Zhou, Ying Wang, Zhi-Gang Zou
N and S co-doped carbon quantum dots (N, S-CQDs) with high N- and S-doping level were synthesized by microwave solid-phase pyrolysis within 50 s. Owing to the dominant pyridinic N injection into the conjugated framework, both high enzyme mimics catalytic activity and photoluminescence quantum yield are achieved simultaneously.
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549374/metabolic-engineering-of-escherichia-coli-to-high-efficient-synthesis-phenylacetic-acid-from-phenylalanine
#2
Lihua Zhang, Qian Liu, Hong Pan, Xun Li, Daoyi Guo
Phenylacetic acid (PAA) is a fine chemical with a high industrial demand for its widespread uses. Whereas, microorganic synthesis of PAA is impeded by the formation of by-product phenethyl alcohol due to quick, endogenous, and superfluous conversion of aldehydes to their corresponding alcohols, which resulted in less conversation of PAA from aldehydes. In this study, an Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655 strain with reduced aromatic aldehyde reduction (RARE) that does duty for a platform for aromatic aldehyde biosynthesis was used to prompt more PAA biosynthesis...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549346/functional-heterogeneity-in-tumor-derived-human-pancreatic-stellate-cells-differential-expression-of-hgf-and-implications-for-mitogenic-signaling-and-migration-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#3
Vegard Tjomsland, Monica Aasrum, Thoralf Christoffersen, Ivar P Gladhaug
The pancreatic stellate cell (PSC) is the principal cell type of the desmoplastic stroma of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). PSCs interact with cancer cells and influence the progression of the disease through a complex network of signaling molecules including hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Functional heterogeneity of PSCs within a tumor might conceivably influence tumor progression. We investigated PSC populations isolated from different human PDACs and examined the effects of PSC-conditioned medium on BxPC-3 and AsPC-1 pancreatic cancer cells...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549332/synthesis-and-characterization-of-fullerene-modified-znalti-ldo-in-photo-degradation-of-bisphenol-a-under-simulated-visible-light-irradiation
#4
Liting Ju, Pingxiao Wu, Xiaolin Lai, Shanshan Yang, Beini Gong, Meiqing Chen, Nengwu Zhu
In this study, ZnAlTi layered double hydroxide (ZnAlTi-LDH) combined with fullerene (C60) was fabricated by the urea method, and calcined under vacuum atmosphere to obtain nanocomposites of C60-modified ZnAlTi layered double oxide (ZnAlTi-LDO). The morphology, structure and composition of the nanocomposites were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy, High-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction patterns, Fourier transform infrared and specific surface area. The UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra indicated that the incorporation of C60 expanded the absorption of ZnAlTi-LDO to visible-light region...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549322/high-throughput-continuous-production-of-liposomes-using-hydrodynamic-flow-focusing-microfluidic-devices
#5
Mariano Michelon, Davi Rocha Bernardes Oliveira, Guilherme de Figueiredo Furtado, Lucimara Gaziola de la Torre, Rosiane Lopes Cunha
The microfluidic hydrodynamic flow-focusing is a simple technique for nanoscale liposome formation that provides several advantages compared to the traditional manufacturing techniques. This work aimed to perform a systematic study of the liposome formation using planar microfluidic devices with different channel aspect-ratios, as an alternative to enhance the throughput of liposome synthesis. In general, liposomes with a low polydispersity and a precise control of the size were successfully produced from alteration of the flow rate ratio and channel aspect-ratio...
May 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549240/dietary-salecan-reverts-partially-the-metabolic-gene-expressions-and-nmr-based-metabolomic-profiles-from-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-rats
#6
Qi Sun, Minghui Li, Xiao Yang, Xi Xu, Junsong Wang, Jianfa Zhang
Previous studies suggest that dietary salecan (a water-soluble β-glucan) effectively reduces high-fat-diet-induced adiposity through disturbing bile-acid-promoted emulsification in mice. However, the effects of salecan on metabolic genes and metabolites involved in lipid accumulation are mostly unknown. Here, we confirmed that dietary 3% and 6% salecan for 4 weeks markedly decreased fat accumulation in liver and adipose tissue in high-fat-diet rats, displaying a decrease in mRNA levels of SREBP1-C, FAS, SCD1 and ACC1 involved in de novo lipogenesis and a reduction of levels of GPAT1, DGAT1 and DGAT2 related to triglyceride synthesis...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549232/identification-and-characterization-of-transcription-factor-zmereb94-involved-in-starch-synthesis-in-maize
#7
Hui Li, Qianlin Xiao, Chunxia Zhang, Jia Du, Xiao Li, Huanhuan Huang, Bin Wei, Yangping Li, Guowu Yu, Hanmei Liu, Yufeng Hu, Yinghong Liu, Junjie Zhang, Yubi Huang
Maize is an important food crop and industrial material owing to its high starch content. However, the mechanism of starch synthesis is not fully elucidated, especially with regard to the expression and regulation of starch synthetic genes. The APETALA2/Ethylene Responsive Factor (AP2/ERF) family plays a crucial role in various biological processes via regulating gene expression. In this study, the ZmEREB94 gene was identified through co-expression analysis. Bioinformatics analysis confirmed that ZmEREB94 belongs to the AP2/ERF family...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549219/design-synthesis-and-properties-of-a-potent-inhibitor-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-deacetylase-lpxc
#8
Grazia Piizzi, David T Parker, Yunshan Peng, Markus Rolf Dobler, Anup Patnaik, Som Wattanasin, Eugene Liu, Francois Lenoir, Jill Nunez, John Kerrigan, David McKenney, Colin S Osborne, Donghui Yu, Leanne Lanieri, Jade Bojkovic, JoAnne Dzink-Fox, Maria-Dawn Lilly, Elizabeth R Sprague, Yipin Lu, Hongming Wang, Srijan Ranjitkar, Bing Wang, Meir Glick, Lawrence G Hamann, Ruben Tommasi, Xia Yang, Charles R Dean
Over the past several decades the frequency of antibacterial resistance in hospitals, including multi-drug resistance (MDR) and its association with serious infectious diseases, has increased at alarming rates. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a leading cause of nosocomial infections, and resistance to virtually all approved antibacterial agents is emerging in this pathogen. To address the need for new agents to treat MDR P. aeruginosa, we focused on inhibiting the first committed step in the biosynthesis of lipid A, the deacetylation of uridyldiphospho-3-O-(R-hydroxydecanoyl)-N-acetylglucosamine by the enzyme LpxC...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549215/nanowire-mesh-templated-growth-of-out-of-plane-three-dimensional-fuzzy-graphene
#9
Raghav Garg, Sahil Kumar Rastogi, Michael Lamparski, Sergio de la Barrera, Gordon T Pace, Noel T Nuhfer, Benjamin Matthew Hunt, Vincent Meunier, Tzahi Cohen-Karni
Graphene, a honeycomb sp(2) hybridized carbon lattice, is a promising building block for hybrid-nanomaterials due to its electrical, mechanical, and optical properties. Graphene can be readily obtained through mechanical exfoliation, solution-based deposition of reduced graphene oxide (rGO), and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The resulting graphene films' topology is two-dimensional (2D) surface. Recently a three-dimensional (3D) graphene topology has been demonstrated by various approaches. However, the resulting graphene films are lying flat on the surface hence still exposing a 2D surface topology...
May 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549212/synthesis-of-four-monoterpene-derived-organosulfates-and-their-quantification-in-atmospheric-aerosol-samples
#10
Yuchen Wang, Jingyun Ren, X H Hilda Huang, Rongbiao Tong, Jian Zhen Yu
Monoterpenes, a major class of biogenic volatile organic compounds, are known to produce oxidation products that further react with sulfate to form organosulfates. The accurate quantification of monoterpene-derived organosulfates (OSs) is necessary for quantifying this controllable aerosol source; however, it has been hampered by a lack of authentic standards. Here we report a unified synthesis strategy starting from the respective monoterpene through Upjohn dihydroxylation or Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation followed by mono-sulfation with sulfur trioxide-pyridine complex...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549188/eif5a-facilitates-translation-termination-globally-and-promotes-the-elongation-of-many-non-polyproline-specific-tripeptide-sequences
#11
Vicent Pelechano, Paula Alepuz
eIF5A is an essential protein involved in protein synthesis, cell proliferation and animal development. High eIF5A expression is observed in many tumor types and has been linked to cancer metastasis. Recent studies have shown that eIF5A facilitates the translation elongation of stretches of consecutive prolines. Activated eIF5A binds to the empty E-site of stalled ribosomes, where it is thought to interact with the peptidyl-tRNA situated at the P-site. Here, we report a genome-wide analysis of ribosome stalling in Saccharomyces cerevisiae eIF5A depleted cells using 5Pseq...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549174/phosphorylated-sirt1-associates-with-replication-origins-to-prevent-excess-replication-initiation-and-preserve-genomic-stability
#12
Koichi Utani, Haiqing Fu, Sang-Min Jang, Anna B Marks, Owen K Smith, Ya Zhang, Christophe E Redon, Noriaki Shimizu, Mirit I Aladjem
Chromatin structure affects DNA replication patterns, but the role of specific chromatin modifiers in regulating the replication process is yet unclear. We report that phosphorylation of the human SIRT1 deacetylase on Threonine 530 (T530-pSIRT1) modulates DNA synthesis. T530-pSIRT1 associates with replication origins and inhibits replication from a group of 'dormant' potential replication origins, which initiate replication only when cells are subject to replication stress. Although both active and dormant origins bind T530-pSIRT1, active origins are distinguished from dormant origins by their unique association with an open chromatin mark, histone H3 methylated on lysine 4...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549068/oligodendroglial-myelination-requires-astrocyte-derived-lipids
#13
Nutabi Camargo, Andrea Goudriaan, Anne-Lieke F van Deijk, Willem M Otte, Jos F Brouwers, Hans Lodder, David H Gutmann, Klaus-Armin Nave, Rick M Dijkhuizen, Huibert D Mansvelder, Roman Chrast, August B Smit, Mark H G Verheijen
In the vertebrate nervous system, myelination of axons for rapid impulse propagation requires the synthesis of large amounts of lipids and proteins by oligodendrocytes and Schwann cells. Myelin membranes are thought to be cell-autonomously assembled by these axon-associated glial cells. Here, we report the surprising finding that in normal brain development, a substantial fraction of the lipids incorporated into central nervous system (CNS) myelin are contributed by astrocytes. The oligodendrocyte-specific inactivation of sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) cleavage-activating protein (SCAP), an essential coactivator of the transcription factor SREBP and thus of lipid biosynthesis, resulted in significantly retarded CNS myelination; however, myelin appeared normal at 3 months of age...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548957/involvement-of-p38-%C3%AE-trcp-tristetraprolin-tnf%C3%AE-axis-in-radiation-pneumonitis
#14
Pranathi Meda Krishnamurthy, Shirish Shukla, Paramita Ray, Rohit Mehra, Mukesh K Nyati, Theodore S Lawrence, Dipankar Ray
Early release of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) during radiotherapy of thoracic cancers plays an important role in radiation pneumonitis, whose inhibition may provide lung radioprotection. We previously reported radiation inactivates Tristetraprolin (TTP), a negative regulator of TNF-α synthesis, which correlated with increased TNF-α release. However, the molecular events involved in radiation-induced TTP inactivation remain unclear. To determine if eliminating Ttp in mice resulted in a phenotypic response to radiation, Ttp-null mice lungs were exposed to a single dose of 15 Gy, and TNF-α release and lung inflammation were analyzed at different time points post-irradiation...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548864/oral-administration-of-a-medium-containing-both-d-aspartate-producing-live-bacteria-and-d-aspartate-reduces-rectal-temperature-in-chickens
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P H Do, P V Tran, M A Bahry, H Yang, G Han, A Tsuchiya, Y Asami, M Furuse, V S Chowdhury
1. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects on the rectal temperature of young chickens of the oral administration of a medium that contained both live bacteria that produce D-aspartate (D-Asp) and D-Asp. 2. In Experiment 1, chickens were subjected to chronic oral administration of either the medium (containing live bacteria and 2.46 μmol D-Asp) or water from 7 to 14 d of age. Plasma-free amino acids as well as mitochondrial biogenic gene expression in the breast muscle were analysed. In Experiment 2, 7-d-old chickens were subjected to acute oral administration of the above medium or of an equimolar amount of D-Asp to examine their effect on changes in rectal temperature...
May 26, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548863/visible-light-promoted-synthesis-of-indoles-by-single-photosensitizer-under-aerobic-conditions
#16
Wen-Qiang Liu, Tao Lei, Zi-Qi Song, Xiu-Long Yang, Cheng-Juan Wu, Xin Jiang, Bin Chen, Chen-Ho Tung, Li-Zhu Wu
The construction of substituted indole skeletons is always an important concern of synthetic chemists because of its prevalent structure found in natural products and biological molecules. Here, we succeeded in preparing indoles and their derivatives from a wide variety of simple enamines via radical cyclization only with catalytic amounts of an iridium(III) photosensitizer (PS) in DMSO solution under air atmosphere. The mechanistic investigation suggests that the reaction involves a radical course to accomplish the conversion of enamines to indoles under visible light irradiation...
May 26, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548862/gold-catalyzed-formal-3-2-cycloaddition-of-ynamides-with-4-5-dihydro-1-2-4-oxadiazoles-synthesis-of-functionalized-4-aminoimidazoles
#17
Wei Xu, Gaonan Wang, Ning Sun, Yuanhong Liu
A gold-catalyzed formal [3 + 2] cycloaddition of ynamides with 4,5-dihydro-1,2,4-oxadiazoles has been developed. The reaction provides a concise and regioselective access to highly functionalized 4-aminoimidazoles likely via the formation of an α-imino gold carbene intermediate followed by cyclization. 4,5-Dihydro-1,2,4-oxadiazole was found to act as an efficient N-iminonitrene equivalent in these reactions.
May 26, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548842/engineering-the-composition-and-structure-of-bimetallic-au-cu-alloy-nanoparticles-in-carbon-nanofibers-self-supported-electrode-materials-for-electrocatalytic-water-splitting
#18
Juan Wang, Han Zhu, Danni Yu, JiaWei Chen, JiaDong Chen, Ming Zhang, LiNa Wang, MingLiang Du
The bimetallic Au-Cu alloy nanoparticles have been constructed in electrospun carbon nanofibers (Au-Cu/CNFs), employing as high efficient hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrode. The morphology, structure and composition of bimetallic Au-Cu alloy can be controlled by adjusting the precursor nanofibers through a facile approach. With the increased Cu contents, the Au-Cu alloy have a transition from homogenous AuCu3 alloy phase to Au3Cu phase with Cu shell. The self-supported bimetallic Au-Cu/CNFs hybrid can be directly employed as electrodes materials for water splitting and it showed excellent electrochemical activity, including long-term stability, high exchange current density and low overpotential...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548838/synthesis-of-defined-and-functionalized-glycans-of-lipoteichoic-acid-a-cell-surface-polysaccharide-from-clostridium-difficile
#19
Kang Yu, Ningning Bi, Chenghe Xiong, Shuihong Cai, Zhongzhu Long, Zhongwu Guo, Guofeng Gu
Two structurally defined, functionalized glycans of lipoteichoic acid (LTA, also known as PS-III) from C. difficile, which have one or two repeating units of LTA linked to the core trisaccharide, were efficiently synthesized via a convergent [2 + 3] or [2 + 2 + 3] strategy. The α-linkage of both N-acetylglucosamine residues in the repeating unit were constructed with glycosyl imidates of azidosugars as donors, while the phosphodiester bridges between the oligosaccharides were fashioned using H-phosphonate chemistry...
May 26, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548836/inter-granular-cracking-as-a-major-cause-of-long-term-capacity-fading-of-layered-cathodes
#20
Hao Liu, Mark Wolf, Khim Karki, Young-Sang Yu, Eric A Stach, Jordi Cabana, Karena W Chapman, Peter J Chupas
Capacity fading has limited commercial layered Li-ion battery electrodes to <70% of their theoretical capacity. Higher capacities can be achieved initially by charging to higher voltages, however, these gains are eroded by a faster fade in capacity. Increasing lifetimes and reversible capacity are contingent on identifying the origin of this capacity fade to inform electrode design and synthesis. We used operando X-ray diffraction, to observe how the lithiation-delithiation reactions within a LiNi0.8Co0...
May 26, 2017: Nano Letters
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