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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145649/single-molecule-compaction-of-megabase-long-chromatin-molecules-by-multivalent-cations
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Anatoly Zinchenko, Nikolay V Berezhnoy, Sai Wang, William M Rosencrans, Nikolay Korolev, Johan R C van der Maarel, Lars Nordenskiöld
To gain insight into the conformational properties and compaction of megabase-long chromatin molecules, we reconstituted chromatin from T4 phage DNA (165 kb) and recombinant human histone octamers (HO). The unimolecular compaction, induced by divalent Mg2+ or tetravalent spermine4+ cations, studied by single-molecule fluorescence microscopy (FM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) techniques, resulted in the formation of 250-400 nm chromatin condensates. The compaction on this scale of DNA size is comparable to that of chromatin topologically associated domains (TAD) in vivo...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144747/structural-variability-of-4f-and-5f-thiocyanate-complexes-and-dissociation-of-uranium-iii-thiocyanate-bonds-with-increased-ionicity
#2
Saptarshi Biswas, Shuwen Ma, Stefano Nuzzo, Brendan Twamley, Andrew T Russell, James A Platts, František Hartl, Robert J Baker
A series of complexes [Et4N][Ln(NCS)4(H2O)4] (Ln = Pr, Tb, Dy, Ho, Yb) have been structurally characterized, all showing the same structure, namely a distorted square antiprismatic coordination geometry, and the Ln-O and Ln-N bond lengths following the expected lanthanide contraction. When the counterion is Cs(+), a different structural motif is observed and the eight-coordinate complex Cs5[Nd(NCS)8] isolated. The thorium compounds [Me4N]4[Th(NCS)7(NO3)] and [Me4N]4[Th(NCS)6(NO3)2] have been characterized, and high coordination numbers are also observed...
November 16, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144446/structure-and-assembly-of-the-ebola-virus-nucleocapsid
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William Wan, Larissa Kolesnikova, Mairi Clarke, Alexander Koehler, Takeshi Noda, Stephan Becker, John A G Briggs
Ebola and Marburg viruses are filoviruses: filamentous, enveloped viruses that cause haemorrhagic fever. Filoviruses are within the order Mononegavirales, which also includes rabies virus, measles virus, and respiratory syncytial virus. Mononegaviruses have non-segmented, single-stranded negative-sense RNA genomes that are encapsidated by nucleoprotein and other viral proteins to form a helical nucleocapsid. The nucleocapsid acts as a scaffold for virus assembly and as a template for genome transcription and replication...
November 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143380/polo-like-kinase-1-inhibition-results-in-misaligned-chromosomes-and-aberrant-spindles-in-porcine-oocytes-during-the-first-meiotic-division
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Y Liao, D Lin, P Cui, B Abbasi, C Chen, Z Zhang, Y Zhang, Y Dong, R Rui, S Ju
Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1), a type of serine/threonine protein kinase, has been implicated in various functions in the regulation of mitotic processes. However, these kinase's roles in meiotic division are not fully understood, particularly in the meiotic maturation of porcine oocytes. In this study, the expression and spatiotemporal localization of Plk1 were initially assessed in the meiotic process of pig oocytes by utilizing Western blotting with immunofluorescent staining combined with confocal microscopy imaging technique...
November 16, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143160/solvent-free-synthesis-and-anticancer-activity-evaluation-of-benzimidazole-and-perimidine-derivatives
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Anuj Kumar, Somesh Banerjee, Partha Roy, S M Sondhi, Anuj Sharma
Benzimidazoles and perimidines are subsidiary structures for research and development of new biologically active molecules and have established prominence because of their promising biological activities. Two series of diversified heterocyclic molecules, tetracyclic benzimidazole derivatives, tetracyclic and pentacyclic perimidine derivatives have been synthesized in good yields by condensation of acid anhydrides and diacids with various diamines using microwave irradiation. All synthesized derivatives were fully characterized and evaluated for in vitro antiproliferative activity against five human cancer cell lines...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142826/microbial-synthesis-of-a-branched-chain-ester-platform-from-organic-waste-carboxylates
#6
Donovan S Layton, Cong T Trinh
Processing of lignocellulosic biomass or organic wastes produces a plethora of chemicals such as short, linear carboxylic acids, known as carboxylates, derived from anaerobic digestion. While these carboxylates have low values and are inhibitory to microbes during fermentation, they can be biologically upgraded to high-value products. In this study, we expanded our general framework for biological upgrading of carboxylates to branched-chain esters by using three highly active alcohol acyltransferases (AATs) for alcohol and acyl CoA condensation and modulating the alcohol moiety from ethanol to isobutanol in the modular chassis cell...
December 2016: Metabolic Engineering Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142402/chromosomal-fragmentation-a-possible-marker-for-the-selection-of-high-gymnemic-acid-yielding-accessions-of-gymnema-sylvestre-r-br
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Ashutosh Kumar Verma, Sunita Singh Dhawan
Background: Gymnema sylvestre R. Br. a member of family Asclepiadaceae as mentioned in Indian Pharmacopoeia popular among the researchers because of stimulatory effect of its phytoconstituent on pancreatic cells and potential to treat Type I and II type of diabetes. Objectives: Development of cost-effective marker system for the selection of high gymnemic acid yielding accessions of G. sylvestre. Materials and Methods: Presoaked seeds of Brassica campestris treated with different dilutions of gymnemagenin and 10% leaf extract of twenty different accessions of G...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142299/the-immunomodulatory-drug-glatiramer-acetate-is-also-an-effective-antimicrobial-agent-that-kills-gram-negative-bacteria
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Stig Hill Christiansen, Ronan A Murphy, Kristian Juul-Madsen, Marlene Fredborg, Michael Lykke Hvam, Esben Axelgaard, Sandra M Skovdal, Rikke Louise Meyer, Uffe B Skov Sørensen, Arne Möller, Jens Randel Nyengaard, Niels Nørskov-Lauritsen, Mikala Wang, Mihaela Gadjeva, Kenneth A Howard, Jane C Davies, Eskild Petersen, Thomas Vorup-Jensen
Classic drug development strategies have failed to meet the urgent clinical needs in treating infections with Gram-negative bacteria. Repurposing drugs can lead to timely availability of new antibiotics, accelerated by existing safety profiles. Glatiramer acetate (GA) is a widely used and safe formulation for treatment of multiple sclerosis. It contains a large diversity of essentially isomeric polypeptides with the cationic and amphiphilic character of many antimicrobial peptides (AMP). Here, we report that GA is antibacterial, targeting Gram-negative organisms with higher activity towards Pseudomonas aeruginosa than the naturally-occurring AMP LL-37 in human plasma...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142281/the-phase-diagram-and-stability-of-trapped-d-dimensional-spin-orbit-coupled-bose-einstein-condensate
#9
Zi-Fa Yu, Ju-Kui Xue
By variational analysis and direct numerical simulation, we study the phase transition and stability of a trapped D-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensate with spin-orbit coupling. The complete phase and stability diagrams of the system are presented in full parameter space, while the collapse dynamics induced by the mean-filed attraction and the mechanism for stabilizing the collapse by spin-orbit coupling are illustrated explicitly. Particularly, a full and deep understanding of the dependence of phase transition and stability mechanism on geometric dimensionality and external trap potential is revealed...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142262/observation-of-replica-symmetry-breaking-in-disordered-nonlinear-wave-propagation
#10
Davide Pierangeli, Andrea Tavani, Fabrizio Di Mei, Aharon J Agranat, Claudio Conti, Eugenio DelRe
A landmark of statistical mechanics, spin-glass theory describes critical phenomena in disordered systems that range from condensed matter to biophysics and social dynamics. The most fascinating concept is the breaking of replica symmetry: identical copies of the randomly interacting system that manifest completely different dynamics. Replica symmetry breaking has been predicted in nonlinear wave propagation, including Bose-Einstein condensates and optics, but it has never been observed. Here, we report the experimental evidence of replica symmetry breaking in optical wave propagation, a phenomenon that emerges from the interplay of disorder and nonlinearity...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141541/ellagic-acid-a-logical-lead-for-drug-development
#11
Abolfazl Shakeri, Mohammad Reza Zirak, Amirhossein Sahebkar
BACKGROUND: Naturally occurring polyphenols are the subject of increasing attention due to their potent antioxidant activity and their marked effects on the prevention of various oxidative stress-associated diseases such as cancer. Ellagic acid (EA) is an herbal polyphenol that is structurally a condensed dimer of gallic acid. METHODS: This review aims to provide a comprehensive and updated overview on the biological activities of EA and potential therapeutic applications...
November 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140720/relationship-between-voice-function-and-skeletal-effects-of-rapid-maxillary-expansion
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Fundagül Bilgiç, İbrahim Damlar, Özgür Sürmelioğlu, Özlem Akıncı Sözer, Ufuk Tatlı
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of rapid maxillary expansion (RME) on the vocal quality, maxillary central incisors, midpalatal suture, and nasal cavity in patients with maxillary crossbite. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Coronal CT scans of 30 subjects (14 boys, 16 girls; mean age, 12.01 ± 0.75) were taken before RME (T0), and at the end of the expansion phase (T1). Voice samples of all patients were recorded with a high-quality condenser microphone (RODE NT2-A) on a desktop computer at T0 and T1...
November 15, 2017: Angle Orthodontist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140493/a-comprehensive-definition-for-integrative-oncology
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Claudia M Witt, Lynda G Balneaves, Maria J Cardoso, Lorenzo Cohen, Heather Greenlee, Peter Johnstone, Ömer Kücük, Josh Mailman, Jun J Mao
Background: Integrative oncology, which is generally understood to refer to the use of a combination of complementary medicine therapies in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments, has been defined in different ways, but there is no widely accepted definition. We sought to develop and establish a consensus for a comprehensive definition of the field of integrative oncology. Methods: We used a mixed-methods approach that included a literature analysis and a consensus procedure, including an interdisciplinary expert panel and surveys, to develop a comprehensive and acceptable definition for the term "integrative oncology...
November 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140082/self-assembly-and-catalytic-reactivity-of-binol-bridged-bis-phenanthroline-metallocages
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Kai-Yu Cheng, Shi-Cheng Wang, Yu-Sheng Chen, Yi-Tsu Chan
Upon treatment with Zn(II) ions, a series of BINOL-bridged bis(phenanthroline) ligands was self-assembled into [M2L3] metallocages, which were carefully characterized by NMR spectroscopy and ESI-MS spectrometry. Among them, a racemic mixture of the BINOL-bridged bis(phenanthrolines) underwent chiral self-sorting to afford two homochiral metallocages. The narcissistic self-sorting process of the metallocages was observed in the complexation reaction of the constitutionally isomeric bis(phenanthrolines) with varying connection positions...
November 15, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139533/at-the-very-beginning-of-life-on-earth-the-thiol-rich-peptide-trp-world-hypothesis
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Yannick Vallee, Ibrahim Shalayel, Kieu-Dung Ly, K V Raghavendra Rao, Gael De Paëpe, Katharina Märker, Anne Milet
Life developed on Earth probably about 3.8 billion years ago, on a planet that was already largely covered by oceans and where the atmosphere was very humid. The reactions, which may have led to the formation of the first polymers, particularly to the first peptides and nucleic acids, must have been compatible with these conditions. This is the case of the reaction of nitriles with aminothiols, such as cysteine and homocysteine. Since aminonitriles are the probable precursors of amino acids, this condensation reaction has been able to rapidly yield dipeptides, tripeptides, oligomers and even true polymers, each containing thiol functions...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139491/supramolecular-block-copolymers-for-gene-delivery-enhancement-of-transfection-efficiency-by-charge-regulation
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Wumaier Yasen, Ruijiao Dong, Linzhu Zhou, Yu Huang, Dongbo Guo, Dong Chen, Chuanlong Li, Aliya Aini, Xinyuan Zhu
A class of cationic supramolecular block copolymers with readily controlled charges has been exploited. Upon post-synthetic structural optimization, this copolymer exhibits comparable biocompatibility, greatly improved pDNA condensation capability and biostability, and further enhanced transfection efficiency in vitro. This work provides valuable insight into the creation of advanced nonviral vectors for gene delivery.
November 15, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139274/-dihydroartemisinin-inhibits-proliferation-of-pancreatic-cancer-jf-305-cells-by-regulating-expression-of-apoptosis-related-proteins-and-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species
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Ya-Wei Li, Wei Zhang, Na Xu, Yan Li, Hong Zhang, Shi-Jie Lv, Wen-He Zhu
To investigate the effect of dihydroartemisinin on apoptosis of human pancreatic cancer cell line JF-305 and the role of reactive oxygen species(ROS) in the apoptosis of JF-305 cells induced by dihydroartemisinin. MTT assays were used to detect effect of different concentrations of dihydroartemisinin on cells proliferation of JF-305 lines. Cell cycle was detected by flow cytometry, and the apoptotic morphology was observed by Hoechst 333258 fluorescence staining. Annexin V fluorescence staining was used to detect the apoptosis changes of JF-305 cells, while DCFH-DA was used to detect the changes of ROS during apoptosis process...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138944/design-synthesis-conformational-and-molecular-docking-study-of-some-novel-acyl-hydrazone-based-molecular-hybrids-as-antimalarial-and-antimicrobial-agents
#18
Parvin Kumar, Kulbir Kadyan, Meenakshi Duhan, Jayant Sindhu, Vineeta Singh, Baljeet Singh Saharan
BACKGROUND: Acyl hydrazones are an important class of heterocyclic compounds promising pharmacological characteristics. Malaria is a life-threatening mosquito-borne blood disease caused by a plasmodium parasite. In some places, malaria can be treated and controlled with early diagnosis. However, some countries lack the resources to do this effectively. RESULTS: The present work involves the design and synthesis of some novel acyl hydrazone based molecular hybrids of 1,4-dihydropyridine and pyrazole (5a-g)...
November 14, 2017: Chemistry Central Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137255/potential-genotoxic-and-cytotoxicity-of-emamectin-benzoate-in-human-normal-liver-cells
#19
Zhijie Zhang, Xinyu Zhao, Xiaosong Qin
Pesticide residue inducing cancer-related health problems draw people more attention recently. Emamectin benzoate (EMB) has been widely used in agriculture around the world based on its specificity targets. Although potential risk and the molecular mechanism of EMB toxicity to human liver has not been well-characterized. Unlike well-reported toxicity upon central nervous system, potential genotoxic and cytotoxicity of EMB in human liver cell was ignored and very limited. In this study, we identify genotoxicity and cytotoxicity of EMB to human normal liver cells (QSG7701 cell line) in vitro...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136570/fabrication-of-g-c3n4-and-a-promising-charcoal-property-towards-enhanced-chromium-vi-reduction-and-wastewater-treatment-under-visible-light
#20
Suphatchaya Lamkhao, Gobwute Rujijanagul, Chamnan Randorn
The visible light driven photoactivity of g-C3N4 can be enhanced using charcoal as a supporter. Charcoal/g-C3N4 composite materials were prepared by the simultaneous thermal condensation of melamine and charcoal. The effect of different atmospheres (O2, air, and argon) on the reaction was investigated. The effect of different weight ratios of charcoal to melamine (1:1 and 1:4 wt%) was also investigated. The physical properties of the charcoal/g-C3N4 materials were analyzed using XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, BET and FTIR techniques...
November 6, 2017: Chemosphere
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