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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109965/a-novel-acidic-ph-fluorescent-probe-based-on-a-benzothiazole-derivative
#1
Qiujuan Ma, Xian Li, Suxiang Feng, Beibei Liang, Tiqiang Zhou, Min Xu, Zhuoyi Ma
A novel acidic pH fluorescent probe 1 based on a benzothiazole derivative has been designed, synthesized and developed. The linear response range covers the acidic pH range from 3.44 to 6.46, which is valuable for pH researches in acidic environment. The evaluated pKa value of the probe 1 is 4.23. The fluorescence enhancement of the studied probe 1 with an increase in hydrogen ions concentration is based on the hindering of enhanced photo-induced electron transfer (PET) process. Moreover, the pH sensor possesses a highly selective response to H(+) in the presence of metal ions, anions and other bioactive small molecules which would be interfere with its fluorescent pH response...
January 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108942/compartmentalized-culture-of-perivascular-stroma-and-endothelial-cells-in-a-microfluidic-model-of-the-human-endometrium
#2
Juan S Gnecco, Virginia Pensabene, David J Li, Tianbing Ding, Elliot E Hui, Kaylon L Bruner-Tran, Kevin G Osteen
The endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus. Following specific cyclic hormonal stimulation, endometrial stromal fibroblasts (stroma) and vascular endothelial cells exhibit morphological and biochemical changes to support embryo implantation and regulate vascular function, respectively. Herein, we integrated a resin-based porous membrane in a dual chamber microfluidic device in polydimethylsiloxane that allows long term in vitro co-culture of human endometrial stromal and endothelial cells. This transparent, 2-μm porous membrane separates the two chambers, allows for the diffusion of small molecules and enables high resolution bright field and fluorescent imaging...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106985/transparent-window-vibrational-probes-for-the-characterization-of-proteins-with-high-structural-and-temporal-resolution
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Ramkrishna Adhikary, Jörg Zimmermann, Floyd E Romesberg
Vibrational spectroscopy provides a direct route to the physicochemical characterization of molecules. While both IR and Raman spectroscopy have been used for decades to provide detailed characterizations of small molecules, similar studies with proteins are largely precluded due to spectral congestion. However, the vibrational spectra of proteins do include a "transparent window", between ∼1800 and ∼2500 cm(-1), and progress is now being made to develop site-specifically incorporated carbon-deuterium (C-D), cyano (CN), thiocyanate (SCN), and azide (N3) "transparent window vibrational probes" that absorb within this window and report on their environment to facilitate the characterization of proteins with small molecule-like detail...
January 20, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105835/silver-nanoclusters-beacon-as-stimuli-responsive-versatile-platform-for-multiplex-dnas-detection-and-aptamer-substrate-complexes-sensing
#4
Guoliang Liu, Jingjing Li, Da-Qian Feng, Jun-Jie Zhu, Wei Wang
An activatable silver nanoclusters beacon (ASNCB) was synthesized through a facile one-pot approach and applied for multiplex DNAs, small molecule, and protein sensing. Multifunctional single-stranded DNA sequences are rationally designed and used for ASNCB in situ synthesis. Via target-responsive structure transformation of ASNCB, target recognition induced ASNCB conformational transition and lit up the fluorescent signal of silver nanoclusters. By further implementing two different color ASNCBs (520 and 600 nm), the parallel multiplexed analysis of two target genes (Influenza A virus genes H1N1 and H5N1) is achieved...
January 3, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103204/transthoracic-ultrasonography-for-the-immunocompromised-patient-a-pilot-project-that-introduces-transthoracic-ultrasonography-for-the-follow-up-of-hematological-patients-in-romania
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Ioana Frinc, Petru Ilies, Florin Zaharie, Delia Dima, Alina Tanase, Ljubomir Petrov, Alexandru Irimie, Cristian Berce, Cosmin Lisencu, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe, Ciprian Tomuleasa, Anca Bojan
In the last decade, there is significant progress in clinical hematology with the discovery of targeted molecules and thus the achievement of both hematologic and molecular responses. Nevertheless, chemotherapy remains the treatment of choice for many types of hematological malignancies. Aggressive chemotherapy leads to immunosuppression, accompanied by a high rate of infections and an increased rate of treatment-related mortality. Invasive fungal infections, as well as more common bacterial and viral infections are frequent in immunocompromised patients as they are difficult to diagnose and treat...
January 18, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103010/a-fluorescent-hsp90-probe-demonstrates-the-unique-association-between-extracellular-hsp90-and-malignancy-in-vivo
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Lauren B Crowe, Philip F Hughes, David A Alcorta, Takuya Osada, Aaron P Smith, Juliane Totzke, David R Loiselle, Isaac D Lutz, Madhusudhana Gargesha, Debasish Roy, Jose Roques, David Darr, H Kim Lyerly, Neil L Spector, Timothy Aj Haystead
Extracellular expression of heat shock protein 90 (eHsp90) by tumor cells is correlated with malignancy. Development of small molecule probes that can detect eHsp90 in vivo may therefore have utility in the early detection of malignancy. We synthesized a cell impermeable far-red fluorophore-tagged Hsp90 inhibitor to target eHsp90 in vivo. High resolution confocal and lattice light sheet microscopy show that probe-bound eHsp90 accumulates in punctate structures on the plasma membrane of breast tumor cells and is actively internalized...
January 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100485/quantification-of-growth-factor-signaling-and-pathway-crosstalk-by-live-cell-imaging
#7
Sean M Gross, Peter Rotwein
Peptide growth factors stimulate cellular responses through activation of their trans-membrane receptors. Multiple intracellular signaling cascades are engaged following growth factor - receptor binding, leading to short- and long-term biological effects. Each receptor-activated signaling pathway does not act in isolation, but rather interacts at different levels with other pathways to shape signaling networks that are distinctive for each growth factor. To gain insights into the specifics of growth factor-regulated interactions among different signaling cascades, we developed a HeLa cell line stably expressing fluorescent live-cell imaging reporters that are readouts for two major growth factor-stimulated pathways, Ras - Raf - Mek - Erk and PI3-kinase - Akt...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099841/targeted-inhibition-of-egfr-and-glutaminase-induces-metabolic-crisis-in-egfr-mutant-lung-cancer
#8
Milica Momcilovic, Sean T Bailey, Jason T Lee, Michael C Fishbein, Clara Magyar, Daniel Braas, Thomas Graeber, Nicholas J Jackson, Johannes Czernin, Ethan Emberley, Matthew Gross, Julie Janes, Andy Mackinnon, Alison Pan, Mirna Rodriguez, Melissa Works, Winter Zhang, Francesco Parlati, Susan Demo, Edward Garon, Kostyantyn Krysan, Tonya C Walser, Steven M Dubinett, Saman Sadeghi, Heather R Christofk, David B Shackelford
Cancer cells exhibit increased use of nutrients, including glucose and glutamine, to support the bioenergetic and biosynthetic demands of proliferation. We tested the small-molecule inhibitor of glutaminase CB-839 in combination with erlotinib on epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as a therapeutic strategy to simultaneously impair cancer glucose and glutamine utilization and thereby suppress tumor growth. Here, we show that CB-839 cooperates with erlotinib to drive energetic stress and activate the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway in EGFR (del19) lung tumors...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099801/highly-specific-and-sensitive-fluorescent-nanoprobes-for-image-guided-resection-of-sub-millimeter-peritoneal-tumors
#9
Aaron H Colby, Samantha Berry, Ann M Moran, Kristine Amber Pasion, Rong Liu, Yolonda L Colson, Nelson Ruiz-Opazo, Mark W Grinstaff, Victoria L M Herrera
A current challenge in the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis is the inability to detect, visualize, and resect small or microscopic tumors of pancreatic, ovarian or mesothelial origin. In these diseases, the completeness of primary tumor resection is directly correlated with patient survival, and, hence, identifying small sub-mm tumors (i.e., disseminated disease) is critical. Thus, new imaging techniques and probes are needed to improve cytoreductive surgery and patient outcomes. Highly-fluorescent rhodamine-labeled expansile nanoparticles (HFR-eNPs) are described for use as a visual aid during cytoreductive surgery of pancreatic carcinomatosis...
January 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098453/surface-engineered-multifunctional-eu-gd2o3-nanoplates-for-targeted-and-ph-responsive-drug-delivery-and-imaging-applications
#10
Arindam Saha, Subas Chandra Mohanta, Kashmiri Deka, Pritam Deb, Parukuttyamma Sujatha Devi
In this paper, we report the synthesis of surface-engineered multifunctional Eu:Gd2O3 triangular nanoplates with small size and uniform shape via a high-temperature solvothermal technique. Surface engineering has been performed by a one-step polyacrylate coating, followed by controlled conjugation chemistry. This creates the desired number of surface functional groups that can be used to attach folic acid as a targeting ligand on the nanoparticle surface. To specifically deliver the drug molecules in the nucleus, the folate density on the nanoparticle surface has been kept low...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094981/gw-100-a-plane-wave-perspective-for-small-molecules
#11
Emanuele Maggio, Peitao Liu, Michiel J van Setten, Georg Kresse
In a recent work, van Setten and coworkers have presented a carefully converged G0W0 study of 100 closed shell molecules [J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2015, 11, 5665-5687]. For two different codes they found excellent agreement to within few 10 meV if identical Gaussian basis sets were used. We inspect the same set of molecules using the projector augmented wave method and the Vienna ab initio simulation package (VASP). For the ionization potential, the basis set extrapolated plane wave results agree very well with the Gaussian basis sets, often reaching better than 50 meV agreement...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094959/noninvasive-targeted-transcranial-neuromodulation-via-focused-ultrasound-gated-drug-release-from-nanoemulsions
#12
Raag D Airan, Randall A Meyer, Nicholas P K Ellens, Kelly Rhodes, Keyvan Farahani, Martin G Pomper, Shilpa D Kadam, Jordan J Green
Targeted, noninvasive neuromodulation of the brain of an otherwise awake subject could revolutionize both basic and clinical neuroscience. Towards this goal, we have developed nanoparticles that allow noninvasive uncaging of a neuromodulatory drug - in this case the small molecule anesthetic propofol - upon the application of focused ultrasound. These nanoparticles are composed of biodegradable and biocompatible constituents and are activated using sonication parameters that are readily achievable by current clinical transcranial focused ultrasound systems...
January 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088631/an-esipt-based-two-photon-fluorescent-probe-detection-of-hydrogen-peroxide-in-live-cells-and-tissues
#13
Liyi Zhou, Yongbo Peng, Qianqian Wang, Qinlu Lin
A variety of diseases associated with human aging, which have a strong oxidative stress, but connecting age-related diseases and oxidative stress of the basic molecular mechanisms still insufficiently understood. Oxidative stress origins from the unregulated production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and oxidative damaging to tissues and organs from subsequent oxidation-reduction chemistry by cellular mismanagement. In particular, H2O2 is a major by-product of ROS in live organisms and a common marker for oxidative stress, and its dynamic equilibrium can have various physiological and pathological consequences...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087424/clinical-applications-of-maldi-imaging-technologies-in-cancer-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
#14
REVIEW
Yasemin Ucal, Zeynep Aslıhan Durer, Hakan Atak, Elif Kadioglu, Betul Sahin, Abdurrahman Coskun, Ahmet Tarık Baykal, Aysel Ozpinar
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) enables localization of analytes of interest along with histology. More specifically, MALDI-IMS identifies the distributions of proteins, peptides, small molecules, lipids, and drugs and their metabolites in tissues, with high spatial resolution. This unique capacity to directly analyze tissue samples without the need for lengthy sample preparation reduces technical variability and renders MALDI-IMS ideal for the identification of potential diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and disease gradation...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069541/a-bispecific-tribody-pet-radioligand-for-visualization-of-amyloid-beta-protofibrils-a-new-concept-for-neuroimaging
#15
Stina Syvänen, Xiaotian T Fang, Greta Hultqvist, Silvio R Meier, Lars Lannfelt, Dag Sehlin
Antibodies are highly specific for their target molecules, but their poor brain penetrance has restricted their use as PET ligands for imaging of targets within the CNS. The aim of this study was to develop an antibody-based radioligand, using the Tribody(TM) format, for PET imaging of soluble amyloid-beta (Aβ) protofibrils, which are suggested to cause neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease. Antibodies, even when expressed in smaller engineered formats, are large molecules that do not enter the brain in sufficient amounts for imaging purposes...
January 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069502/synthesis-and-characterization-of-citrate-based-fluorescent-small-molecules-and-biodegradable-polymers
#16
Zhiwei Xie, Jimin P Kim, Qing Cai, Yi Zhang, Jinshan Guo, Ranjodh S Dhami, LiLi, Bin Kong, Yixue Su, Kevin A Schug, Jian Yang
Novel citric acid based photoluminescent dyes and degradable polymers are synthesized via a facile "one-pot" reaction. A comprehensive understanding of the fluorescence mechanisms of the resulting citric acid-based fluorophores is reported. Two distinct types of fluorophores are identified: a thiozolopyridine family with high quantum yield, long lifetime, and exceptional photostability, and a dioxopyridine family with relatively lower quantum yield, multiple lifetimes, and solvent-dependent band shifting behavior...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066672/intraoperative-molecular-imaging-to-identify-lung-adenocarcinomas
#17
REVIEW
Andrew D Newton, Gregory T Kennedy, Jarrod D Predina, Philip S Low, Sunil Singhal
Intraoperative molecular imaging is a promising new technology with numerous applications in lung cancer surgery. Accurate identification of small nodules and assessment of tumor margins are two challenges in pulmonary resections for cancer, particularly with increasing use of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). One potential solution to these problems is intraoperative use of a fluorescent contrast agent to improve detection of cancer cells. This technology requires both a targeted fluorescent dye that will selectively accumulate in cancer cells and a specialized imaging system to detect the cells...
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062708/establishment-of-the-in-vivo-efficacy-of-pretargeted-radioimmunotherapy-utilizing-inverse-electron-demand-diels-alder-click-chemistry
#18
Jacob L Houghton, Rosemery Membreno, Dalya Abdel-Atti, Kristen M Cunanan, Sean Carlin, Wolfgang W Scholz, Pat B Zanzonico, Jason S Lewis, Brian M Zeglis
The pretargeting system based on the inverse electron demand Diels-Alder reaction (IEDDA) between trans-cyclooctene (TCO) and tetrazine (Tz) combines the favorable pharmacokinetic properties of radiolabeled small molecules with the affinity and specificity of antibodies. This strategy has proven to be an efficient method for the molecularly targeted delivery of pharmaceuticals, including isotopes for radiological imaging. Despite encouraging results from in vivo PET imaging studies, this promising system has yet to be thoroughly evaluated for pretargeted radioimmunotherapy (PRIT)...
January 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061525/a-fluorogenic-gold-nanoparticle-aunp-substrate-a-model-for-the-controlled-release-of-molecules-from-aunp-nanocarriers-via-interfacial-staudinger-bertozzi-ligation
#19
Wilson Luo, Pierangelo Gobbo, Praveen N Gunawardene, Mark Steven Workentin
The ability to regulate small molecule release from metallic nanoparticle substrates offers unprecedented opportunities for nanocarrier-based imaging, sensing, and drug delivery applications. Herein, we report a novel and highly specific release methodology off gold nanoparticle (AuNP) surfaces based on the bioorthogonal Staudinger-Bertozzi ligation. A thiol ligand bearing the molecular cargo - a Rhodamine B dye derivative - was synthesized and used to modify small water soluble 5 nm AuNPs. Upon incorporation into the AuNP monolayer, we observed efficient quenching of the dye emission, resulting in a very low level of fluorescence emission that provided the baseline from which cargo release was monitored...
January 6, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060286/the-use-of-ex-vivo-whole-organ-imaging-and-quantitative-tissue-histology-to-determine-the-bio-distribution-of-fluorescently-labeled-molecules
#20
Jeremy W D McGowan, Gene L Bidwell
Fluorescent labeling is a well-established process for examining the fate of labeled molecules under a variety of experimental conditions both in vitro and in vivo. Fluorescent probes are particularly useful in determining the bio-distribution of administered large molecules, where the addition of a small-molecule fluorescent label is unlikely to affect the kinetics or bio-distribution of the compound. A variety of methods exist to examine bio-distribution that vary significantly in the amount of effort required and whether the resulting measurements are fully quantitative, but using multiple methods in conjunction can provide a rapid and effective system for analyzing bio-distributions...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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