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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914949/anion-inhibition-profiles-of-the-%C3%AE-carbonic-anhydrase-from-the-pathogenic-bacterium-burkholderia-pseudomallei-responsible-of-melioidosis-and-highly-drug-resistant-to-common-antibiotics
#1
Sonia Del Prete, Daniela Vullo, Pietro Di Fonzo, Sameh M Osman, Zeid AlOthman, Claudiu T Supuran, Clemente Capasso
Burkholderia pseudomallei is a Gram-negative saprophytic bacterium responsible of melioidosis, an endemic disease of tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. A recombinant γ-CA (BpsγCA) identified in the genome of this bacterium was cloned and purified. Its catalytic activity and anion inhibition profiles were investigated. The enzyme was an efficient catalyst for the CO2 hydration showing a kcat of 5.3×10(5)s(-1) and kcat/Km of 2.5×10(7)M(-1)×s(-1). The best BpsγCA inhibitors were sulfamide, sulfamic acid, phenylboronic acid and phenylarsonic acid, which showed KI in the range of 49-83μM (these inhibitors showed millimolar inhibition constant against hCA II), followed by diethyldithiocarbamate, selenate, tellurate, perrhenate, selenocyanate, trithiocarbonate, tetraborato, pyrophosphate, stannate, carbonate, bicarbonate, azide, cyanide, thiocyanate and cyanate with KIs in the range of 0...
November 14, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
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
#2
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/27913993/antifreeze-glycopeptides-from-structure-and-activity-studies-to-current-approaches-in-chemical-synthesis
#3
REVIEW
Małgorzata Urbańczyk, Jerzy Góra, Rafał Latajka, Norbert Sewald
Antifreeze glycopeptides (AFGPs) are a class of biological antifreeze agents found predominantly in Arctic and Antarctic species of fish. They possess the ability to regulate ice nucleation and ice crystal growth, thus creating viable life conditions at temperatures below the freezing point of body fluids. AFGPs usually consist of 4-55 repetitions of the tripeptide unit Ala-Ala-Thr that is O-glycosylated at the threonine side chains with β-D-galactosyl-(1 → 3)-α-N-acetyl-D-galactosamine. Due to their interesting properties and high antifreeze activity, they have many potential applications, e...
December 2, 2016: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913289/damage-repair-and-regeneration-in-insect-cuticle-the-story-so-far-and-possibilities-for-the-future
#4
REVIEW
Eoin Parle, Jan-Henning Dirks, David Taylor
The exoskeleton of an insect can contain countless specializations across an individual, across developmental stages, and across the class Insecta. Hence, the exoskeleton's building material cuticle must perform a vast variety of functions. Cuticle displays a wide range of material properties which are determined by several known factors: the amount and orientation of the chitin fibres, the constituents and degree of cross-linking and hydration of the protein matrix, the relative amounts of exo- and endocuticle, and the shape of the structures themselves...
November 29, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913087/a-case-of-multiple-empyema-caused-by-streptococcus-intermedius
#5
Akihito Kaga, Ryuzaburo Higo, Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Naoko Yokoi, Takuo Haruyama, Hiroaki Komatsu, Ayumi Yabe, Takeshi Kusunoki, Katsuhisa Ikeda
We report the case of a patient with multiple empyema present throughout his body, including chronic sinusitis and chronic suppurative otitis media, as well as subsequent epidural empyema, all caused by Streptococcus intermedius. A 38-year-old man presented with chief complaints of headache, left ear discharge, and nasal congestion. Imaging studies revealed pansinusitis, soft tissue signs in the mastoid cells, and otitis media. The patient was treated with meropenem hydrate, 6g/day. While clinical findings indicated improvement of the sinusitis, his headache did not improve...
November 29, 2016: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911884/desorption-of-water-from-hydrophilic-mcm-41-mesopores-positron-annihilation-ftir-and-md-simulation-studies
#6
Priya Maheshwari, D Dutta, T Muthulakshmi, B Chakraborty, N Raje, P K Pujari
The desorption mechanism of water from the hydrophilic mesopores of MCM-41 was studied using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy supplemented with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. PALS results indicated that water molecules do not undergo sequential evaporation in a simple layer-by-layer manner during desorption from MCM-41 mesopores. The results suggested that the water column inside the uniform cylindrical mesopore become stretched during desorption and induces cavitation (as seen in the case of ink-bottle type pores) inside it, keeping a dense water layer at the hydrophilic pore wall, as well as a water plug at both the open ends of the cylindrical pore, until the water was reduced to a certain volume fraction where the pore catastrophically empties...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911397/nanostructured-ag-zeolite-composites-as-luminescence-based-humidity-sensors
#7
Eduardo Coutino-Gonzalez, Wouter Baekelant, Bjorn Dieu, Maarten B J Roeffaers, Johan Hofkens
Small silver clusters confined inside zeolite matrices have recently emerged as a novel type of highly luminescent materials. Their emission has high external quantum efficiencies (EQE) and spans the whole visible spectrum. It has been recently reported that the UV excited luminescence of partially Li-exchanged sodium Linde type A zeolites [LTA(Na)] containing luminescent silver clusters can be controlled by adjusting the water content of the zeolite. These samples showed a dynamic change in their emission color from blue to green and yellow upon an increase of the hydration level of the zeolite, showing the great potential that these materials can have as luminescence-based humidity sensors at the macro and micro scale...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910971/synthesis-engineering-of-iron-oxide-raspberry-shaped-nanostructures
#8
O Gerber, B P Pichon, D Ihiawakrim, I Florea, S Moldovan, O Ersen, D Begin, J-M Grenèche, S Lemonnier, E Barraud, S Begin-Colin
Magnetic porous nanostructures consisting of oriented aggregates of iron oxide nanocrystals display very interesting properties such as a lower oxidation state of magnetite, and enhanced saturation magnetization in comparison with individual nanoparticles of similar sizes and porosity. However, the formation mechanism of these promising nanostructures is not well understood, which hampers the fine tuning of their magnetic properties, for instance by doping them with other elements. Therefore the formation mechanism of porous raspberry shaped nanostructures (RSNs) synthesized by a one-pot polyol solvothermal method has been investigated in detail from the early stages by using a wide panel of characterization techniques, and especially by performing original in situ HR-TEM studies in temperature...
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908675/effect-of-polymers-in-moisture-sorption-and-physical-stability-of-polymorphic-olanzapine
#9
Maria C Paisana, Martin A Wahl, F João
The study aims to elucidate the transformations of anhydrous olanzapine Form I (OLZ FI) into the hydrate forms, when stored at a high relative humidity or suspended in an aqueous media, in the presence of polymers. OLZ FI and physical mixtures (3:1 and 1:1, as powders or compacts) of olanzapine with polyethylene glycol (PEG-6000), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP K25) and hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC-LF) were stored (75%RH/25°C, 75%RH/40°C and 93%RH/25°C) for 28days. OLZ FI and the physical mixtures were also suspended in water under stirring (200rpm/60min)...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908485/managing-fluid-and-electrolyte-disorders-in-kidney-disease
#10
REVIEW
Cathy Langston
Because of the role of the kidneys in maintaining homeostasis in the body, kidney disease leads to derangements of fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance. The most effective therapy of a uremic crisis is careful management of fluid balance, which involves thoughtful assessment of hydration, a fluid treatment plan personalized for the specific patient, and repeated and frequent reassessment of fluid and electrolyte balance. Disorders of sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus are commonly encountered in kidney disease and some may be life-threatening...
November 28, 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908112/oscillating-electric-field-effects-on-adsorbed-water-at-rutile-and-anatase-tio2-surfaces
#11
Zdenek Futera, Niall J English
We have performed non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of various TiO2/water interfaces at ambient temperature in presence of oscillating electric fields in frequency range 20-100 GHz and RMS intensities 0.05-0.25 V/Å. Although the externally applied fields are by one order of magnitude lower than the intrinsic electric field present on the interfaces (∼1.5-4.5 V/Å), significant non-thermal coupling of rotational and translational motion of water molecules was clearly observed. Enhancement of the motion, manifested by increase of diffusivity, was detected in the first hydration layer, which is known to be heavily confined by adsorption to the TiO2 surface...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908109/perturbation-of-hydration-layer-in-solvated-proteins-by-external-electric-and-electromagnetic-fields-insights-from-non-equilibrium-molecular-dynamics
#12
Prithwish K Nandi, Zdenek Futera, Niall J English
Given the fundamental role of water in governing the biochemistry of enzymes, and in regulating their wider biological activity (e.g., by local water concentration surrounding biomolecules), the influence of extraneous electric and electromagnetic (e/m) fields thereon is of central relevance to biophysics and, more widely, biology. With the increase in levels of local and atmospheric microwave-frequency radiation present in modern life, as well as other electric-field exposure, the impact upon hydration-water layers surrounding proteins, and biomolecules generally, becomes a particularly pertinent issue...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908098/communication-stiffening-of-dilute-alcohol-and-alkane-mixtures-with-water
#13
Henry S Ashbaugh, J Wesley Barnett, Alexander Saltzman, Mae E Langrehr, Hayden Houser
We probe the anomalous compressibilities of dilute mixtures of alcohols and alkane gases in water using molecular simulations. The response to increasing solute concentration depends sensitively on temperature, with the compressibility decreasing upon solute addition at low temperatures and increasing at elevated temperatures. The thermodynamic origin of stiffening is directly tied to the solute's partial compressibility, which is negative at low temperatures and rises above water's compressibility with increasing temperature...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907008/an-assemblable-multi-angle-fluorescence-and-ellipsometric-microscope
#14
Victoria Nguyen, John Rizzo, Babak Sanii
We introduce a multi-functional microscope for research laboratories that have significant cost and space limitations. The microscope pivots around the sample, operating in upright, inverted, side-on and oblique geometries. At these geometries it is able to perform bright-field, fluorescence and qualitative ellipsometric imaging. It is the first single instrument in the literature to be able to perform all of these functionalities. The system can be assembled by two undergraduate students from a provided manual in less than a day, from off-the-shelf and 3D printed components, which together cost approximately $16k at 2016 market prices...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905589/hydrogen-bond-dynamics-at-the-bio-water-interface-in-hydrated-proteins-a-molecular-dynamics-study
#15
Prithwish K Nandi, Niall J English, Zdenek Futera, Antonio Benedetto
Water is fundamental to the biochemistry of enzymes. It is well known that without a minimum amount of water, enzymes are not biologically active. Bare minimal solvation for biological function corresponds to about a single layer of water covering enzymes' surfaces. Many contradictory studies on protein-hydration-water-coupled dynamics have been published in recent decades. Following prevailing wisdom, a dynamical crossover in hydration water (at around 220 K for hydrated lysozymes) can trigger larger-amplitude motions of the protein, activating, in turn, biological functions...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904702/ethanol-extracts-from-portulaca-oleracea-l-attenuated-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-rat-neural-injury-through-inhibition-of-hmgb1-induced-inflammation
#16
Chenggang Zheng, Chen Liu, Wanyin Wang, Gusheng Tang, Liwei Dong, Juan Zhou, Zhengrong Zhong
It is well demonstrated that the high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) mediated inflammation has been implicated as one of the important causes for brain damage induced by cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). In the present study, we assessed the neuro-protective and anti-inflammation effects of the ethanol extracts from Portulaca oleracea L. (EEPO) against cerebral I/R injury in the rat transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model. Rats were administrated with their respective treatment for 7 days before the MCA occlusion...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904267/application-of-topical-acids-improves-atopic-dermatitis-in-murine-model-by-enhancement-of-skin-barrier-functions-regardless-of-the-origin-of-acids
#17
Noo Ri Lee, Hae-Jin Lee, Na Young Yoon, Donghye Kim, Minyoung Jung, Eung Ho Choi
BACKGROUND: The acidic pH of the stratum corneum (SC) is important for epidermal permeability barrier homeostasis. Acidification of the skin surface has been suggested as a therapeutic strategy for skin disorders such as atopic dermatitis (AD). OBJECTIVE: We performed an animal study to evaluate the usefulness of acidification of SC for inhibition of AD lesions and to find out if the therapeutic effect of vinegar is attributable to its herbal contents, rather than its acidity...
December 2016: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904203/daytime-changes-of-skin-biophysical-characteristics-a-study-of-hydration-transepidermal-water-loss-ph-sebum-elasticity-erythema-and-color-index-on-middle-eastern-skin
#18
Alireza Firooz, Hamed Zartab, Bardia Sadr, Leili Naraghi Bagherpour, Aidin Masoudi, Ferial Fanian, Yahya Dowlati, Amir Hooshang Ehsani, Aniseh Samadi
BACKGROUND: The exposure of skin to ultraviolet radiation and temperature differs significantly during the day. It is reasonable that biophysical parameters of human skin have periodic daily fluctuation. The objective of this study was to study the fluctuations of various biophysical characteristics of Middle Eastern skin in standardized experimental conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven biophysical parameters of skin including stratum corneum hydration, transepidermal water loss, pH, sebum, elasticity, skin color, and erythema index were measured at three time points (8 a...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904075/in-vitro-permeation-and-skin-retention-of-%C3%AE-mangostin-proniosome
#19
Gan Siaw Chin, Hiroaki Todo, Wesam Radhi Kadhum, Mariani Abdul Hamid, Kenji Sugibayashi
The current investigation evaluated the potential of proniosome as a carrier to enhance skin permeation and skin retention of a highly lipophilic compound, α-mangostin. α-Mangostin proniosomes were prepared using the coacervation phase seperation method. Upon hydration, α-mangostin loaded niosomes were characterized for size, polydispersity index (PDI), entrapment efficiency (EE) and ζ-potential. The in vitro permeation experiments with dermis-split Yucatan Micropig (YMP) skin revealed that proniosomes composed of Spans, soya lecithin and cholesterol were able to enhance the skin permeation of α-mangostin with a factor range from 1...
2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903070/chemical-measurements-of-polyethylene-glycol-shells-on-gold-nanoparticles-in-the-presence-of-aggregation
#20
Caterina Minelli, Alexander G Shard
Understanding and controlling the performance of engineered nanoparticle (NP) systems is greatly assisted by quantitative characterization of their coatings. Useful measurements methods have been described for NPs in liquid environment, but NP aggregation often represents a limiting factor which impairs the accuracy of techniques such as dynamic light scattering for quantification purposes. Here, the authors show how differential centrifugal sedimentation (DCS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) can provide quantitative information on the NP coating thickness, molecular conformation, and grafting density of aggregated NP samples...
November 30, 2016: Biointerphases
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